Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to screen eight series in the TV Beats programme
The world of series is currently in the golden age, nobody will argue against that. Running in its third year, the TV Beats programme, designed to showcase some of the fresh highlights in the series industry, has doubled in size and features series produced outside of Europe for the first time. Screening eight new series – three of them world premieres – including an Amazon, Netflix and Premiere Studios production and the first Estonian series produced by the Estonian telecommunication company Elisa.
Having its world premiere at Black Nights, the Elisa-produced Estonian series Traitor is a spy thriller that is inspired by the real-life espionage incidents between Russian and Estonian intelligence that have been occurring ever more frequently since Estonia joined NATO in 2004. The story focuses on the cat-and-mouse game of two Estonians – Alfred Vint who starts cooperating with Russian intelligence and counter-intelligence office Marko Arrak.
Also having its world premiere in Tallinn is Call Center by Russian directing duo Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov (The Man who surprised everyone), returning to Tallinn with the new series they created at Premier Studios.
It was a regular day at the office of a sex-shop call-centre before its employees received a call. The voices on the other end of the line threatened the staff that there’s a bomb in the office and all of them are now held hostage. The terrorists call themselves “Mommy and Daddy”. They start to play an odd twisted game with their hostages, giving them quite weird commands. Soon we learn that they watch everyone in the office and they prepared a specific psychological and physical challenge for each of the call-centre dwellers.
The third world premiere to be featured in the programme is Burning Land, an Estonian series produced for the national broadcaster ERR, telling a story based on true events about a criminal group known as the Kolkhoz (Russian word for collective farm). The events in the series begin in 2005 and it seems unbelievable that there has been a parallel world next to our own in today’s world – an organisation with an extensive grasp, which still lives in the 1990s and which controlled the drug business of nearly all of Ida-Viru County.
Set in London in the near future, the series centres on the family of the man who has invented an omnipresent technology called The Feed. Implanted into nearly everyone’s brain, it enables people to share information, emotions and memories instantly. But when the system starts to go wrong and users become murderous, the inventor’s family are quickly driven apart as they struggle to control the monster they have unleashed.
When everyone is using The Feed, what could possibly go wrong? From the writer and co-executive producer of The Walking Dead, Studio Lambert and Amazon, comes an original drama series about our addiction to technology, our fear of what it is doing to our brains and our terror of what would happen if we had to live without it.
Based on the bestselling book Vongozero, which was written by Yana Vagner and translated into eleven languages, the outbreak is an intense family drama set against the backdrop of a global catastrophe. An unknown virus that quickly paralyzes the city of Moscow as Sergey, accompanied by his new lover and her autistic son, as well as his ex-wife, their own son, and several other companions who have joined them, is trying to escape beyond the borders of the quarantine.
Somewhere far away, on a remote island in Karelia, there is a hunting lodge where they can start their lives anew. But the road to a new life will not be easy, because our heroes are not only fleeing from the global catastrophe, they also have to face and deal with their own family dramas.
A cohabiting couple in their 20s navigate the ups and downs of work, modern-day relationships and finding themselves in contemporary Mumbai. The story revolves around Kavya Kulkarni (Palkar) and Dhruv Vats (Sehgal), a couple in a live-in relationship in Mumbai. The series progresses with everyday life explored through conversation between the couple. The language used is English, with a few sentences in Hindi (used mostly in slang).
The second season of this Netflix series continues to show the adventures of Kavya and Dhruv. This time the story has moved forward by two years. They question their life choices, try to figure out how to keep old friendships alive, try to deal with the contrasting attitudes that they have towards making money, etc.
Diving into the world of finance, this Swedish thriller follows the financial journalist Bea Farkas who is having a secret affair with bank director Peder Rooth. She knows it’s unprofessional – her job is to investigate people like him – but she’s in love and can’t bring herself to end it.
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