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Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:00

World premiere of the Kyrgyz film "The Road to Eden" will be at the 24th Black Nights Film Festival, Tallinn


Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces the complete lineup of the Official Selection – Competition. Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) adds 17 films to the previously announced eight, with five of the new films having their world premieres in the Official Selection – Competition of the 24th edition of the festival.


Adding five world, eleven international and two European premieres to the selection, the programming team of Black Nights are very happy to announce it’s biggest and, in terms of premieres, the freshest lineup of this particular programme in its history. 

The five films that will be having their world premiere at the festival are Armugan by Spanish director Jo Sol, Gracious Night by Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki, Thread of Return by Colombian Swiss Erwin Goggel, The Road to Eden by Kyrgyz directors Bakyt Mukul and Dastan Zhapar Uulu, and On the Water by Estonian director Peeter Simm. This marks the first time since 2017 that an Estonian majority production screens in this competition.


Festival director Tiina Lokk commented: “It is a miraculous feeling to announce such a large, and geographically, stylistically, and culturally diverse programme. We are truly living in strange times as the situation in the industry has been constantly changing, putting extra stress on everyone working in this business. Our hearts go out to everyone who was not able to hold their festivals this year. We hope that by screening a bigger selection than usual, we will at least provide the filmmakers with a platform to exhibit their work. And what marvellous, artistically pleasing and culturally diverse work it is!”



The first screenings of the films will run from the 17th until the 27th of November. Ticket sales of the first physical screenings of the Official Selection – Competition will begin this Friday. 

The full programme of the festival will be announced on the 6th of November.

The 24th edition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will be a hybrid event, running from the 13th until the 29th of November. The press and industry will have access to films and events regardless of their geographical location.




The Road to Eden

A retired writer, Kubat Aliev, is living his last days as a famous and poor writer in a society increasingly concerned by wealth. A widower, he has no children and his only wish is that literature continues to bring enlightenment to his small and disillusioned nation. He sees the possibility of a continuation in his friend, a younger and an equally talented writer, Sapar, who is, however, in need of expensive treatment. Kubat soon finds himself torn between his overwhelming desire to save the sick writer’s life and the pressure to help his kin.

Offering a melancholic, yet an urgent portrait of a society that’s losing its ties with its cultural foundations, writer and director Bakyt Mukul and Dastan Zhapar Uulu present the world premiere of The Road to Eden in Tallinn. The directing duo’s previous film, also their debut A Father’s Will won numerous awards on the international circuit, including the Golden Zenith at Montreal WFF.









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