PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

World premiere

The Score

Local title
Skoor
Title in Russian
Счет
Director
Malachi Smyth
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
First Feature Competition
Genre
music film, romantic comedy
Subject
music, journey, love

Malachi Smyth, who also has previous screenwriting experience (including Tanel Toom’s second full-length feature film, currently in production), has directed his debut film as a quirky British heist musical based on his own text. This unusual musical gains its charm from the lyrical poetry of nostalgic progressive/folk rock that is rather not common in musicals. It flows fluently from dialogue to the inner world of the characters and carries the action forward.

Two ‘philosophising’ small-time crooks are on a job at roadside café where a 20,000 pound deal should take place. A twist of events postpones the deal and the story takes on a romantic and then an increasingly tense turn.

Music for the film has been written by Johnny Flynn who is known in England as a musician and actor and whom we could last see in the classical romance "Emma" and the musically highly demanding "Stardust", a biographical film of David Bowie. Flynn and the cast perform the music of the film and he and his band mate Joe have compiled the soundtrack. In addition to Flynn, young Will Poulter ("The Stories of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader", "We’re the Millers", "Midsommar", etc.) plays the most remarkable role of his career. His character is romantically interested in a character played by singer and actress Naomi Ackie ("Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker"). We will also see Naomi in Whitney Houston’s biography "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" next year.

Dagmar Raudam

Director
Malachi Smyth
Screenwriter
Malachi Smyth
Cast
Will Poulter, Lydia Wilson, Johnny Flynn, Naomi Ackie, Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Producer
Ben Pullen, Matthew James Wilkinson
DoP
Darran Bragg
Editor
Sadaf Nazari
Music
Johnny Flynn
Production
Sentinel Entertainment, Stigma Films, Trigger Films
World sales
WestEnd Films
Runtime
Language
English
Subtitles
English, Estonian
Director
Malachi Smyth

Malachi Smyth on sündinud Põhja-Iirimaal ja õppinud Edinburghi ülikoolis Saksamaa aja- ja mõttelugu. Ta on teinud oma karjääri jooksul mitu lühifilmi nii stsenaristi kui ka lavastajana. Tema kirjutatud filmid „The Architect“ ja „School of Life“ pälvisid hulganisti auhindu, nagu ka tema režissööridebüüt „Light of the World“, mis pälvis žürii eripreemia Houstoni Worldfestil. Ta on kirjutanud stsenaariumi ka praegu Tanel Toomi ulmefilmile „Gateway 6“, mille võtted toimuvad praegu ja mis esilinastub kinodes 2022. Samuti on tal töös mitu tele- ja filmiprojekti. „Skoor“ on tema esimene täispikk filmilavastus.

Best Film Award, grant of 5000 euros from National Geographic

Screenings

Hall 2 Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening110202 / Skoor
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsMalachi Smyth - Director, Patrick Tolan - Producer, Ben Pullen - Producer, Matt Wilkinson - Producer
Q&A duration
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Hall Athena Center
Screening152102 / Skoor
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall 2 Tallink Apollo Kino Solaris
Screening171104 / Skoor
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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