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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival unleashes its 2022 Rebels with a Cause


Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announces the line-up for Rebels with a Cause, an international competition programme screening 11 feature films, alongside a short films competition that includes 13 entries this year, split across two programmes. The features line-up includes six world premieres and five international premieres, with the Rebels with their Shorts collection also including four world-premiering shorts. Three features will screen out of competition.

Rebels with a Cause is PÖFF’s showcase for challenging independent productions, offering surprising perspectives, entrancing visuals and revelatory storytelling. Some come from experienced experimental masters, some are explosions of youthful creativity. All will leave a lasting impression. Both feature and short competitions will be judged by a jury composed of international film professionals to be announced later this week.

Commenting on this year’s selection, the programming team stated that "The very best works of art push boundaries. They dare us to think about the world in which we live. They challenge our traditional views. They show us that there are more things in heaven and Earth. The shorts in the Rebels With A Cause programme embody these ideals with their bold and provocative techniques.” They continued, “But while these films often revel in the surrealistic, it is perhaps appropriate – in a time in which the real world often seems to be nonsensical – that they deal with many important and pressing issues of the day. These films will take part in Rebels With A Cause, a competition section dedicated to films that defy the traditional modes of filmmaking. The selection provides a mixture of new filmmakers who will lead the way in cinema over the coming years and more established talents. Each film will be eligible for the honorific prizes chosen by the Rebels With A Cause jury members.”

For the first time, most programmes also have their own lead curators - with regular Rebel Javier Garcia Puerto heading this programme, Triin Tramberg handling First Features, Edvinas Pukšta on Baltic Competition duty, Helmut Jänes leading Midnight Shivers and Tiit Tuumalu responsible for DOC@PÖFF.

Israeli film will be in Focus in this year's 26th edition, alongside Showcase of Brazilian cinema. The festival runs from November 11-27, 2022.


Rebels with a Cause - Features in Competition

In Bed
 - 2022, Israel, director: Nitzan Gilady | World premiere and In Focus: Israel

The Coffee Table - 2022, Spain, director: Caye Casas | World premiere

Three Thousand Numbered Pieces - 2022, Hungary, director: Ádám Császi | World premiere

21 Paradise - 2022, Spain, director: Nestor Ruiz Medina | World premiere

Black Kisses - 2022, Spain, director: Alejandro Naranjo | World premiere

The Limits of Consent - 2022, Estonia, director: Michael Keerdo-Dawson | World premiere

Solastalgia - 2022, Germany, director: Marina Hufnagel | International premiere

Rebelión - 2022, Colombia, Argentina, USA, director: José Luis Rugeles | International premiere

Job Interview - 2022, Colombia, director: Carlos Osuna | International premiere

Your Lovely Smile - 2022, Japan, director: Lim Kah-Wai | International premiere

Long Time No Sleep - 2022, Argentina, director: Agustín Godoy | International premiere

Rebels with a Cause - Features out of Competition

I Haven't Done Anything
 - 2022, South-Korea, director: Sang-min Park | European premiere

Roving Woman - 2022, USA, Poland, director: Michal Chmieleski | Baltic premiere

How Dare You Have Such a Rubbish Wish - 2022, United Kingdom, Iran, director: Mania Akbari | Baltic premiere

Rebels with their Shorts

All the Love of the World 
- 2022, director: Guerin Van de Vorst | International Premiere

Dr. Moreau - 2021, directors: Péter Lichter, Máté Bori | World Premiere

Everything At Once - 2022, director: Henrik Dyb Zwart | Baltic Premiere

everything is beautiful and nothing hurts - 2022, director: R Seventeen, Lucy | World Premiere

Fury - 2021, director: Julia Siuda | Baltic Premiere

Huge Choice - 2021, director: Oleksandra Krasavtseva | Baltic Premiere

Judith / Romina - 2021, director: Ali Mozaffari | World Premiere

Mother Prays All Day Long - 2022, director: Hoda Taheri | Baltic Premiere

Rabobesto - Or How I Saved a Monster - 2021, director: Mari Mantela | Estonian Premiere

Sliver Cave - 2022, director: Caibei Cai | Baltic Premiere

The Anniversary - 2022, Dir. Marius Gabriel Tired | World Premiere

The Human Torch - 2022, director: Risto-Pekka Blom | Baltic Premiere

Wimmelbook - 2021, director: Ali Gill | Baltic Premiere


Press materials for the Rebels films can be found here.


International communication: Will Smith - / +372 5594 5443
Estonian communication: Tiit Tuumalu -

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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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