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Black Nights Film Festival to present two performances of the new Opera “Tarkovsky - The Eighth Film”


Black Nights Film Festival celebrates its 25th birthday with the long-awaited contemporary opera “Tarkovsky - The Eighth Film” by Eesti Kontsert.

The electronic opera featuring actor-singers, virtual opera soloists, live electronics and robots, is a fantasy version of the last film made by Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky. 

Performances take place November 24 at 7pm in Tallinn Kultuurikatla and November 25 at 7 pm in Tartu Vanemuine Concert Hall.

The venue in Tallinn is symbolic: a part of Andrei Tarkovsky's film "Stalker" was shot in the vicinity of Kultuurikatla. 

The electronic opera featuring actor-singers, virtual opera soloists, live electronics and robots, is a fantasy version of the last film made by Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky. Tarkovsky, who is already terminally ill, will suddenly have the opportunity to make his eighth film, despite the prophecy that he will be allowed to make only seven films. The director's internal struggle, which begins with this proposal, will take place in a near future, where virtual reality and robots have become an integral part of everyday life.

"This chamber musical theatre piece has a cathartic effect," wrote the Austrian daily Der Standard after the opera's premiere in autumn 2020 in Vienna. The dreamy and mysterious “Tarkovsky - The Eighth Film” will be performed for the first time in Estonia.

The author, librettist and director of the opera is Austrian Thomas Desi, the writer and performer of the music is the ensemble NIHE /(Taavi Kerikmäe, Tarmo Johannes and Ekke Västrik). Tarkovsky is played by Gilbert Handler.

Performances take place November 24 at 7pm in Tallinn Kultuurikatla and November 25 at 7 pm in Tartu Vanemuine Concert Hall.

The venue in Tallinn is symbolic: a part of Andrei Tarkovsky's film "Stalker" was shot in the vicinity of Kultuurikatla. According to Heili-Vaus Tamme, the opera producer at Eesti Kontsert, the location was fated to be: 44 years after Stalker's shoot, Tarkovsky runs down the same stairs again and interacts with characters appearing on the walls, including his own wife, daughter, a robot arm and eighth film mysterious benefactor.

Tiina Lokk, the head of PÖFF, also looks forward to the performance.” The shifting of borders and their overlapping, the symbiosis of different arts, is always exciting and enticing and corresponds to the exploratory spirit of our festival. And where else to perform an opera about Tarkovsky, if not at the place where, in "Stalker”, the entrance to Zone opens,“ she said.

“Tarkovsky - The Eighth Film” was first performed at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, one of the world's best-known cultural festivals of art, science and technology. In 2018, the project was nominated for the FEDORA Prize in the European Musical Theater Idea Competition.

The work is a collaboration between Eesti Konsert, the Vienna Center for Performing Arts (WUK), the Linz State Theater, the Ars Electronica Festival and Black Nights Film Festival. The performances are part of East Konsert’s future art series "Curioosum", which seeks the points of contact between music, science and technology.

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The project aims to involve youngsters of Ida-Viru and Harju Counties to the film festival. In addition, an online e-learning course has been created to develop youngsters' media literacy.

This project is carried out in cooperation with British Council in Estonia as part of the People to People Cultural Engagement Programme. Find more info about British Council’s work in Estonia at


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The international short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts has announced the winners of its 2021 edition.

The winner of the Best Live Action Short "Sunrise in My Mind" (dir. Danech San, Cambodia 2020) is now joining the list of films eligible for the short film Academy Award nomination.

The PÖFF Shorts European Film Academy candidate for the Best Short Film and the Rebels With A Cause winner will be announced on Saturday, November 27 at the Black Nights Film Festival closing ceremony.







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The 2021 edition, "Readiness for Industry Renaissance 2.0" showcases the rising stars and innovators in virtual production, big data and artificial intelligence boosting film and content business in Europe.


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The latest in our ScreenDaily Talks live Q&A series will take place on Friday November 26 at 15:30 GMT (16:30pm CET/17:30pm EET), in which acclaimed Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur and rising Swedish director Ninja Thyberg whose debut film Pleasure premiered at Sundance, will discuss what they have learnt and the advice they would give about working towards a sustainable career in international film. Register here


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About Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 guests and industry delegates and over 160 journalists. The festival screens around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations and sees an attendance of 80 000 people annually. In 2017 the festival was covered in 71 languages with a potential global media audience of over 1.1 billion people.

As of 2014 the festival holds the FIAPF accreditation for holding an international competition programme which puts the festival into the so- called A-category of film festivals, alongside other 14 festivals in the world (including Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Shanghai, Tokyo etc).  

Black Nights has an umbrella structure with two sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and youth and children's film festival Just Film taking place concurrently with the main festival,
two off-season festivals - Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and Tartu Love Film Festival - and a fully-fledged film industry platform Industry@Tallinn, organised jointly with the Baltic Event Co-production market.

Black Nights Film Festival 16 Nov - 2 Dec
PÖFF Shorts 20 Nov - 25 Nov
Just Film 16 Nov - 2 Dec
Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 26 Nov - 30 Nov



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