Estonia celebrates Oscar nomination alongside raft of nominated movies screened at 14th Tallinn Black Nights Film FestivalThe recent announcement of the Oscar Nominees sees Estonian director Tanel Toom nominated for the Best Live Action Short Oscar whilst numerous films screened at the 14th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the most important film event in the Baltic region, in contention for some of the most prestigious film awards in the world.
Tanel Toom, who studied Film and Video at Tallinn University before moving to the UK to study at the National Film and Television School, receives the nomination for his moving and beautiful film The Confession, the story of a young boy who is preparing to undergo his first Catholic confession. Already the recipient of a Student Academy Award, the film screened as part of the 2010 Student and Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers, a sub-festival of the Black Nights Film Festival. Sleepwalkers also screened Madasgcar, A Travel Diary which will attempt to walk away with the Oscar for Best Animated Short.
In other nominated films, the nominees for Best Film include Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, the intense story of one man’s struggle for survival which received its Eastern European premiere as part of the 14th edition of the festival and Winter’s Bone, the critically lauded American Independent feature that screened as part of the Screen International Critics' Choice.
The Academy Award for Best Foreign Film includes an impressive array of former Black Nights alumni with Biutiful, Incendies, In A Better World and Dogtooth all proving to be extremely popular when the screened during the course of the festival whilst The Illusionist – vying for the Best Animated Feature – received a rapturous response when it was a screened as part of the Animated Dreams Animation Festivals. Documentaries screened at Black Nights have also been recognised with Banksy: Exit Through The Gift Shop and Garbage both sure to be top contenders for the Best Documentary Feature.
The director of the Black Nights Film Festival Tiina Lokk said:
“Black Nights and its sub-festivals have also strived to present a wide array of different cinema and we’re glad that we are some of the very first in the Baltics to bring audiences some of the defining films of the year. And it’s not just the Oscars as the film’s we screen have also gone to be nominated for BAFTA’s, Cesar’s, Golden Globes and a whole host of other awards. We’re also delighted that Estonian talents are being recognised and wish Tanel Toom all the luck in the world on the big night.”
The Academy Awards will be held on 27 February in Los Angeles at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.
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