Opening Ceremony

The Black Nights Film Festival will return to light up the black late autumn nights with cinema screens at 19:00 on 14 November. The opening ceremony with the red carpet and the opening film will be held at the Alexela Concert Hall.

At the opening ceremony, the Black Nights Film Festival will hand over the Bruno O’Ya award to a remarkable Estonian actor.

The host of the festive night is Kristjan Lüüs. The stage show has been prepared by director/choreographer Ingmar Jõela whose impressive opening performances of previous years still make the hearts of the audience roar with excitement. The musical side of the performance is prepared by Sander Mölder, the visuals by Alyona Movko and the stage design by Kaia Tungal.

In order to beautifully preserve the festive moment and the excitement, we ask the audience to kindly arrive at the Alexela Concert Hall by 18:45 at the latest for the red carpet photo shoot before the beginning of the ceremony. NB! Everyone is expected to the opening ceremony and the opening film in festive clothing (dress code: black tie).

‘New Reality’

A young actor takes part in a casting which does not just change his life but his entire world. He has always dreamt of acting on the big screen, but he has no idea what awaits him behind the big screen. The blending and deteriorating reality faces him with the question: which is bigger – life or film?

Opening film of the festival, ‘Adam’

Director Maryam Touzani (Morocco, France, 2019)

Abla lives with her 8-year-old daughter Warda and runs a modest bakery shop near her home in Casablanca. One day, Samia, a young pregnant woman looking for work and a place to live knocks on her door. Although Abla is at first reluctant to let the stranger into her house, she changes her mind and takes the young woman in. The film addresses the taboos of the Arab world through the colourful portraits of two women, with Lubna Azabali (Abla) and Nisrin Erradi (Samia) giving us outstanding and heart-melting acting performances under the hand of the promising debut director Maryam Touzani.


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