PÖFF announced Goes to Cannes projects!
Eliisa Pass

We will present 5 film projects at Goes to Cannes showcase. The programme will take place at Marché du Film, the industry section of the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

Goes to Cannes enables film festivals or markets around the world to showcase a curated selection of original works-in-progress by most promising talents. The curator of the project, Triin Tramberg commented: "Goes to Cannes is a great opportunity to present projects in post-production at one of the largest film markets in the world. We always give priority to the filmmakers who have previously presented their projects at our festival's industry strand, Industry@Tallinn & Baltic event, for example at Co-Production Market, Script Pool or European Genre Forum."

She joyfully added: "This year we are truly happy, because two projects that were presented in development a few years ago, have finally been filmed. Notably, three directors whose previous films premiered at PÖFF, will present their new projects. Most interesting for the local Estonian audiences is definitely Eeva Mägi's new film project Mo Papa."

At PÖFF 2023, Mägi's Mo Mamma won Jury Special Prize in the First Feature Competition; Romas Zabarauskas' The Writer world-premiered at Baltic Film Competition, and Nicolás Postiglione's Immersion had international premiere at First Feature Competition in 2021.

The projects will be presented onsite on Saturday May 18 at Palais K, Cannes from 14:00 to 15:50 for the industry professionals around the world. All projects are without a sales agent and are looking for a festival premiere.

Tallinn Black Nights Goes To Cannes Projects are:

The Activist

Directed by: Romas Zabarauskas (Lithuania)

Produced by: Naratyvas

Country of production: Lithuania

Genre: thriller

Short description: A young man infiltrates a radical neo-Nazi group to find the killer of his LGBT+ activist boyfriend.


The Activist. Photo: film still

The Father

Directed by: Tereza Nvotová (Slovakia)

Produced by: DANAE Production (SK), moloko film (CZ), Lava Films (PL)

Countries of production: Slovakia, Czechia, Poland

Genre: drama

Short description: A story about a man who has everything - until one summer day, when he realizes too late that his infant daughter he dropped off at nursery is actually still locked in the back of the car. The project was selected for Baltic Event Co-Production market in 2021.


The Father. Photo: film still

Mo Papa

Directed by: Eeva Mägi (Estonia)

Produced by: Kinosaurus Film OÜ, Kultuurikuur OÜ

Country of production: Estonia

Genre: drama

Short description: Eugen inhabits an endless cycle of trauma, where love cannot be distinguished from self-hate, and forgiveness is overshadowed by constant blame.


Mo Papa. Photo: film still

Dreaming of Lions

Directed by: Paolo Marinou-Blanco

Produced by: Promenade (PT), Darya Films (PT), Capuri (BR), Cinetica Produccions (ES)

Countries of production: Portugal, Brazil, Spain

Genre: tragycomedy

Short description: Gilda and Amadeu meet at an underground organisation that helps the terminally ill kill themselves painlessly. When they discover it’s a scam, they escape to Mallorca to die, falling in love along the way. Dreaming of Lions was awarded "Most Promising Project" at Script Pool - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event - PÖFF 2021


Dreaming of Lions. Photo: film still

The Evil That Binds Us (working title)

Directed by: Nicolás Postiglione

Produced by: Oro Films (CL), Whisky Content (MX)

Countries of production: Chile, Mexico

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Short description: In the Valdivia of the late 1950s, Daniel, a child who recently lost his mother, comes to meet his father’s side family, the Riedels, who will take care of him. Isolated by his cultural disconnection, he finds solace in Ema, a girl who will unearth the Riedel’s dark secrets to him.


The Evil That Binds Us (working title). Photo: film still