Talllin Black Nights Film Fest 2016: Winners in All Categories

A Quiet Heart (Lev Shaketby Israeli director Eitan Anner received the Grand Prix of the 20th Tallinn Black Nights Film Fest, which ended in the Estonian capital on Saturday, Nov 25, 2016.

The movie is focused on Naomi, a young classically trained pianist who embodies victims of religious extremism and rude intolerance.

The film’s star Ania Bukstein was awarded as the best actress.

The best director award went to Iran’s Narges Abyar for Nafas (Breath), which centers on a young girl nicknamed Scruffy.

Gints Berzins was awarded as the best DOP for his work on Melanijas hronika (The Chronicles of Melanie), directed by Viestur Kairish and coproduced by Latvia, the Czech Republic and Finland.

Igor Cobileanski picked up the best screenplay award for the Romanian/Lithuanian/Moldovan coproduction Afacerea Est (Eastern Business), which he also directed. The film’s leads Ion Sapdaru and Constantin Puscasu shared the best actor award.

Duet by Iranian director Navid Danesh won the first feature competition.

The special mentions went to Reza a Lenda (Holy Biker) by Brazil’s Homero Olivetto and Colombian director Augusto Sandino’s Suave el aliento (Gentle Breath), which also earned the FIPRESCI Award.

Ema (Mother) by Kadri Kousaar was awarded as the best Estonian film.