Thomas Brasch, who lived from 1945 to 2001, was a rebel in his life and work, handed over to the East German secret police Stas by his own father, when he staged protests in Berlin after the Prague Spring. The film is a tribute to this eternally restless soul, but also to art and rebellion.
“For a masterful interpretation of a powerful story and a biographical film that highlights a central figure in German literature,” said the jury chaired by Mike Downey, president of the European Film Academy.
For the first time, the main prize will include â¬ 20,000, awarded by the city of Tallinn.
Actor Albrecht Schuch, playing Thomas Brasch in the film, also won the award for best actor. “An incredibly believable interpretation of one of Germany’s most important artists,” the jury said, calling “Dear Thomas” a true cinematic. tour de force.
The winning film was screened at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday at the Coca-Cola Plaza cinema in Tallinn.
The award for best director and best screenwriter went to Wojciech Smarzowski from Poland for âWedding Dayâ – a sharp take on the thought world of a xenophobic society that tends to forget the unpleasant aspects of its history.
The jury nominated Sofja Krugova, an 11-year-old Russian girl, who plays Kirill Sokolov’s dark comedy “No Looking Back” – the youngest actor to win such a high award in PÃFF history.
One of the world’s most famous conductors, Esa-Pekka Salonen, also known as a composer, won the award for best film score for the film “The Wait” by his compatriot Aku Louhimiehe.
A total of 19 films took part in the main program of the competition.
The award for best first film went to German director Francesco Sossaile, 32, for “Other cannibals”, in which two men from an Italian province try to escape the intolerable reality of everyday life – an attempt to penetrate in the depths of a person’s state of mind and desires.
The jury named Andrius BlaÅ¾eviÄius’ film “Runner” best Baltic film.
The DDA Spotlight Award went to Austrian director Sebastian Meise for “Great Freedom” and South Africa-based American director Liesl Tommy for “Respect”. The aim of the award is to draw attention to filmmakers who have promoted the diversity of the film industry and the involvement of minority groups through their activities or creations.
Although the winners have been announced, the festival will continue on Sunday. A selection of films from the festival will be available on the PÃFF online cinema from November 29.
25th Prize of the Black Nights Film Festival:
MAIN COMPETITION PROGRAM
Jury: Mike Downey (President, United Kingdom), Francis Annan (United Kingdom), Nisan DaÄ (Turkey), Eugen Tamberg (Estonia), Piret Tibbo-Hudgins (Estonia)
Grand Prize for Best Film:
“Dear Thomas” (Germany)
Directed by Andreas Kleinert
The reasoning of the jury: “For a masterful interpretation of a powerful story and a biographical film that highlights one of the central forms of German literature.”
“Wedding day” (Poland)
The jury’s reasoning: “With cutting edge, the director exposes today’s corruption, historical revisionism and the deep hatred of others, interweaving the crimes that took place in the heart of Europe in the past and today. hui. “
“The list of those who love me” (Turkey)
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Directed by Emre ErdoÄdu
The reasoning of the jury: âFor aesthetically complete and creatively determined cinematography, which is a classic example of the endless possibilities and pleasures of 16mm film.
“Wedding day” (Poland)
Directed by Wojciech Smarzowski
The reasoning of the jury: âFor an uncompromising story and an impressive rebirth of two very specific historical periods in an aesthetically complete work of art.
“No looking back” (Russia)
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Directed by Kirill Sokolov
The jury’s reasoning: “For creating a cheerfully courageous and intelligently conscious character – a young actor who has stood out in a wonderfully strong set of comedy actors.”
“Dear Thomas” (Germany)
Directed by Andreas Kleinert
The reasoning of the jury: âAn exceptional, multi-layered and versatile title role and an incredibly believable interpretation of the life of one of Germany’s most important artists, a true cinematic tour de force.
“The Wait” (Finland)
Directed by Aku Louhimies
Reasoning of the jury: “For film music that not only mentally liberates, crawls through the skin with its emotional authenticity, but also perfectly reflects the inner passion, love and insecurity of the three protagonists.”
Directed by GyÃ¶rgy Palfi
Jury justification: “For creating an apocalyptic vision of hell in the dystopia of futuristic Europe.”
FIRST FILM COMPETITION PROGRAM
Jury: Jayro Bustamante (President, Guatemala), Elfar Adalsteins (Iceland), Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bangladesh), Paul Thiltges (Luxembourg), Evelin PenttilÃ¤ (Estonia)
“Other cannibals” (Germany)
Directed by Francesco Sossai
The reasoning of the jury: âA film with a very personal perspective and strong, innovative and fresh visual writing. The script and the acting form an excellent whole in this story of loneliness, which is told with great sensitivity. It makes us look forward to the director’s next one. movie.”
Directed by NicolÃ¡s Postiglione
Reasoning of the jury: âWe enter the world after the first shots, where there is an intense ignorance that will not let the viewer go completely. Using thriller techniques expertly, we are confronted with the prejudices and fears that increasingly characterize our society. . “
“His way” (France)
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Directed by CÃ©cile Ducrocq
The reasoning of the jury: “A story told with real understanding – it is extremely important to dig into the deepest recesses of a person’s soul – a middle aged mother who wants to give her son what she didn’t have as a child – to really live with the world. “
BALTIC FILM COMPETITION PROGRAM
Jury: Xavier Henry-Rashid (President, Italy), Marjorie Bendeck (Germany), Ben Pullen (United Kingdom)
“Runner” (Lithuania-Czech Republic)
Director Andrius BlaÅ¾eviÄius
The reasoning of the jury: “Honest and stimulating work on a complex subject – a sincere film full of energy and passion with great acting.”
REBELS COMPETITION PROGRAM WITH A CAUSE
Jury: Kazik Radwanski (President, Canada), Juris Kursietis (Latvia), Rene van Pannevis (Netherlands)
“The Butterflies” (Poland)
Directed by Piotr Stasik
Jury justification: “A film that takes us on a conceptual journey into the heart of the woods where boys flee from a video game camp disappear. Provocative, intriguing and poetic, full of detailed shots – asking awkward questions about modern society and its surroundings. masculinity.”
Best short film:
“They had to cross the river” (France)
Directed by Faeze Karimpour
The reasoning of the jury: âA film that must be seen, a world that exists outside of time and modern practices.
FIPRESCI Prize (International Federation of Film Critics)
Jury: Ola Salwa (Poland), Aleksander Huser (Norway), Maarja Hindoalla (Estonia)
“Other people” (Poland-France)
Directed by Aleksandra TerpiÅska
The reasoning of the jury: âThe bold, truthful and fresh critique of capitalism and the hollow people who grew up in it.
Jury: Andres PÃµder, Justinus Ilmar Kiviloo, Marge-Maria Paas, TÃµnis Kark
“Mukagali. The departure of the poet” (Kazakhstan)
Directed by Bolat KalÃµmbetov
The reasoning of the jury: âIt is a film whose poetic language and visual richness make it possible to translate the most sensitive subjects into the language of the human soul.
“War Whispers” (Germany)
Directed by Florian Hoffmann
LIFE SUCCESS AWARD
Carlos Saura (Spain) and Elle Kull (Estonia)
DDA SPOLIGHTS AWARD
Liesl Tommy (South Africa / USA) and Sebastian Meise (Germany)
BRUNO O’YA SCHOLARSHIP
PÃ¤Ã¤ru Oja (Estonia)
YOUTH FILM FOR CHILDREN AND CHILDREN
Jury: Stefani Kipani (Italy), Julia Jarl (Sweden), Rasmus Merivoo (Estonia)
Directed by Laura Wandel
The reasoning of the jury: âAn important story that is told in a masterful way and in a very special way from the point of view of the child. Hard but captivating, with great performances from children.
Directed by Alexandre Hant
The reasoning of the jury: “Fast and honest, direct, funny and sad. A masterful cinematic journey that will haunt me for a long time.”
Mijn Vader Is een Saucisse / “My father is a sausage” (Belgium-Netherlands)
Directed by Anouk Fortunier
“Even mice belong to the sky” (Czech Republic-France-Slovakia-Poland)
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Directed by Denisa GrimmovÃ¡ and Jan BubenÃÄek.