Moonika Siimets's Black Hole shortlisted for projects to to be showcased at Marché du Film by Baltic Event
Marge Liiske, head of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event explained why for the first time, her industry event will take part in the Marché du Film Co-Production Day, July 9.
“Co-production is not always an easy road to travel, especially in the post-Covid world, where the cross-border shooting can be difficult, but each and every one of the projects we have chosen to bring with us to Cannes has the potential and artistic merit to really flourish on the international stage,” she noted.
Explaining the selection process, Liiske said she and her team hand-picked six projects out of 20 that took part in the Co-Production Market at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event last November. “We took a close look at the projects and selected the ones in the most suitable stage of financing and that would benefit the most from the opportunities Cannes Co-Production Day has to offer,” she said.
The selection committee also added Moonika Siimets’ Black-Hole, produced by Estonia’s Riina Sildos (Amrion), co-producer of Juho Kuosmanen’s anticipated Compartment no 6, competing for a Palme d’or.
The Swedish family drama Kevlar Soul directed by rising talent Maria Eriksson-Hecht for Zentropa Sweden is among the films to be presented in Cannes. Kevlar Soul (Kevlarsjäl) is a family drama dealing with addiction. Michail’s life purpose is to look after his little brother Robin and his alcoholic father Bo. That is until he meets Ines. With Michail engulfed by love, Robin loses his footing and begins to freefall.
Director Maria Eriksson-Hecht-a former graduate form Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, said the film explores the formative years of childhood and young adulthood that help shape a person’s identity, themes already tackled in her short films. The project is produced by Ronny Fritsche of Zentropa Sweden.
Other projects are the following:
- 8 Views of the Lake Biwa by writer/director Marko Raat (Allfilm, Estonia)
- Aliya by writer/director Dekel Berenson, Transfax Film Productions, Israel/ AR Content, Russia)
- Black Hole by writer/director Moonika Siimets (Amrion, Estonia)
- Spilt Milk written by Cara Loftus, directed by Brian Durnin (925 Productions, Ireland)
- Maria’s Silence by writer/director Dāvis Sīmanis (Mistrus Media, Latvia)
- Tasty by writer/director Egle Vertelyte, co-written by Irena Kuneviciute (Inscript, Lithuania).
Partners to the Marché du Film Co-production Day also include New Nordic Films (Norwegian International Film Festival, Norway), CineMart (Rotterdam Film Festival), Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum (San Sebastian Film Festival) and NFDC Film Bazaar, India.
The Little Comrade won the BNK Busan Bank Award at 2018 Busan International Film Festival
The opening film of the Estonian centenary programme, the debut feature film by Moonika Siimets, The Little Comrade won the audience award at one of the world’s most important film festivals in Busan, South-Korea.
„It truly took us by surprise that the story of our small country of Estonia touched the hearts of the audience at Asia’s biggest film festival so deeply, that they chose The Little Comrade to be their favorite. With all my heart, I thank everybody in Busan and Estonia. It is one of the most beautiful and biggest recognitions a director can receive, because where would we, film makers, be without our viewers,“ commented the film director Moonika Siimets just little after receiving the award.
The producer of The Little Comrade, Riina Sildos, commented from Busan that the film that won the hearts of Estonians also earned an exceptionally warm reception in South-Korea. „ All the filmmakers present in Busan said that the audience in Busan was exceptionally warm, attentive, active and knowledgeable. The viewers knew to ask very precise and detailed questions which were so numerous that we didn’t even manage to answer all of them. Everybody praised the young lead actress Helena Maria Reisner, the work of the art director and of course Moonika Siimets,“ said Sildos. „As Estonians and Koreans share a similar past, the audience was very emotional. You could see and feel that locals were touched by the theme of the film,“ added the producer of the film.
The audience prize, Busan Bank Award, is chosen from ten films that also belong to Flash Forward, the competition programme devoted to future filmmakers. All together, over thirty films competed in that programme. The winning film receives an award of 20 000 US dollars, out of which 10 000 are granted to the director and the other half is allocated for distributing the film in Korea.
In Estonia, The Little Comrade has reached 116 000 viewers. Considering that many more screenings at festivals all over the world are to come, The Little Comrade holds the most international grasp among the films of the Estonian centenary programme.
Another film co-produced by Amrion was also chosen for the Busan Film Festival - „Mihkel“ (dir. Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon, main cast: Pääru Oja, Kaspar Velberg, Atli Rafn Sigurðsson, Tómas Lemarquis, Maiken Schmidt). The film is made as a co-production between Iceland, Estonia and Norway and premieres in Estonia on October 18th 2018.
More information on Busan FF awards: http://www.biff.kr/eng/addon/10000001/page.asp?page_num=297
More information on Estonian centenary film programme: https://www.ev100.ee/en/films