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INTERNATIONAL PRESS AT FILM FESTIVALS, NATIONAL PRESS OF FILM RELEASES

 

Tallinn, Black Nights Film Festival

 

MAIN COMPETITION

 

International Premiere

 

The Chronicles of Melanie | Melanijas hronika

 

by Director Viestur Kairish

 

cast: Sabine Timoteo, Edvins Mekss, Outi Kärpänen

 

Country: Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland - Year: 2016 - Length: 2h0min

 

Based on the real life events of Melānija Vanaga, we are presented a story of human endurance and will to life, sacrifice and love for one’s family in this historic piece of the dark decades in the history of Latvia and other Baltic countries.

 

On an early morning of 15 June, 1941, the authorities of Soviet-Latvia break into the house of Melanie and her husband Aleksandrs, former editor of a newspaper in independent Latvia, make them wake up their eight-year-old son Andrejs and get into a lorry. At the station, the soldiers separate the fathers from their families and load them on different trains. On this day, the Soviets deported about 65,000 people from Latvia and other Soviet-occupied countries,sending them to the harsh, largely uninhabited Siberian taiga, cut off from human civilization. There the people had to endure years under the harsh conditions of the weather and at the mercy of the Soviet guards without proper equipment or sufficient food. Many of them never returned nor survived.

 

Although being a story about human suffering and injustice, director Viesturs Kairišs and his team have managed to create a far more ambiguous affair. The haunting, droning soundtrack, memorable art direction and utterly enjoyable direction of photography make this an thorouhly engaging experience, a combination of ever-present beauty of the world, sometimes overpowered by the bitter ugliness caused by the injustice that is sadly an inevitable component in the history of mankind.

 

Trailer: http://2016.poff.ee/eng/films/programs/phivistlusprogramm/249484 - Copy & Paste into your browser

 

Screenings:

 

Press & Industry Screening Monday 21.11.16 13:00 Apollo Kino Solaris, Hall 6

Press Conference Monday 21.11.16 15:15 South wing of Solaris Center (1st Floor)

International Premiere Monday 21.11.16 17:45 Apollo Kino Solaris, Hall 2

Other Screening Wednesday 23.11.16 17:45 Apollo Kino Solaris, Hall 2

Other Screening Thursday 24.11.16 22:00 Elekriteater, Tartu

 

Interviews with Director Viestur Kairish and Actress Sabine Timoteo will be possible on Tuesday 22.11

 

Please contact Gary Walsh for availability - email: garywalsh@alibicommunications.be Tel. +32 495 77 38 82

FIRST FEATURES COMPETITION

 

World Premiere

 

The Traveller | Le Voyageur

 

by Hadi Ghandour

 

Cast: Rodrigue Sleiman, Donia Eden, Aïda Sabra, Romy Melhem, Lubna Palyoust, Sébastien Bertrand, Pierre Alam

 

Country: Lebanon, France - Year: 2016 - Length: 1h40min

 

London Film School graduate Hadi Ghandour steps into the realm of feature filmmaking after directing and producing "Americans", a series of documentaries about the USA. His interest in cultures and his experience living abroad are key elements in the successful development of his debut “The Traveller".

 

Adnan is a travel agent in a small Lebanese village. He can describe every destination in the vacation packages he sells but, as irony of fate, he has never left Lebanon or been on a plane himself. Married with a child, he lives with the desire of eating a “gelato” in Rome or smelling hot dogs and roasted nuts in New York. One day his dream of travelling abroad turns into reality: his boss George breaks his leg dancing at a friend’s wedding and he has to replace him at an important 5-days travel conference in Paris, where many international deals are inked every year. Adnan is ecstatic at the idea that he will soon travel to France but his wife is afraid of what he may find. Her worries go by the name of Layla, Adnan’s young, sexy second cousin: he meets her while visiting his cousin Insaf, an overprotective, old-fashioned divorcée, nostalgic of her homeland.

 

Those who stay want to leave and those who left dream of going back. It’s always what we don’t have that attracts us the most and it is no different for Adnan, a modern Odysseus, the symbol of this human dichotomy: a man torn between the love for his family and the lust for knowledge.

 

Trailer: http://2016.poff.ee/eng/films/programs/debtfilmidevistlusprogramm/244487 - Copy & Paste into your browser

 

Screenings:

 

Press & Industry Screening Saturday 19.11.16 09h30 Apollo Kino Solaris, Hall 6

Video Interview Saturday 19.11.16 15h45 South wing of Solaris Center (1st Floor)

World Premier Saturday 19.11.16 17h00 Apollo Kino Solaris, Hall 3

Screening Tuesday 22.11.16 20h30 Apollo Kino Mustamäe, Hall 2

Screening Thursday 24.11.16 19h30 Elekriteater Tartu

 

Interviews with Director Hadi Ghandour; Actor Rodrigue Sleiman and Actress Donia Eden will be possible on Sunday 20.11

 

Please contact Gary Walsh for availability - email: garywalsh@alibicommunications.be Tel. +32 495 77 38 82

 

FIRST FEATURES COMPETITION

 

International Premiere

 

Paris, La Blanche

 

by Lidia Terki

 

Cast: Tassadit Mandi, Zahir Bouzerar, Karole Rocher

 

Country: France - Year: 2016 - Length: 1h21min

 

With no news from her husband, who left in the ‘70s to work in France, a middle-aged Rekia leaves her village and goes on a journey to Paris. She crosses Algeria and the Mediterranean Sea, gets lost in the alleys of the quarter of Pigalle, to finally find her dear Nura in the distant suburb of Paris in a hostel for retired migrant workers. But her hero, a veteran of the struggle for the liberation of Algeria, has become quite different, has become a stranger.

 

The film is striking in its simplicity and depth, its unspoken sadness and sorrow. Not managing to wait for her Odysseus, this Penelope from Kabylia embarks upon a long journey. Actress Tassadit Mandi literally carries the story and the film on her shoulders, when even her silence tells us more than long dialogues in some other movies.

 

Trailer: http://2016.poff.ee/eng/films/programs/debtfilmidevistlusprogramm/259826 - Copy & Paste into your browser

 

Screenings:

 

Press & Industry Screening Thursday 17.11.16 10h40 Apollo Kino Solaris, Hall 6

Video Interview Thursday 17.11.16 15h45 South wing of Solaris Center (1st Floor)

International Premier Thursday 17.11.16 18h15 Apollo Kino Solaris, Hall 3

Screening Friday 18.11.16 17h30 Kino Artis, Hall 2

Screening Sunday 20.11.16 17h00 Cinamon, Tartu, Hall 5

 

Interviews with Director Lidia Terki will be possible on Thursday 17.11 in early afternoon before 16:00

 

Please contact Gary Walsh for availability - email: garywalsh@alibicommunications.be Tel. +32 495 77 38 82

 

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