The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival's (PÖFF) audience award went to two Estonian films for the first time in history: Lauri Randl's "Hüvasti, NSVL-i" ("Farewell, USSR") and Romet Esko's "Välguga löödud" shared the award. Around a thousand people participated in the voting.
"Väguga löödud", which won the PÖFF Shorts National contest program, is dedicated to rapper Mängupoi$$ Käru, who died at the age of 19. Romet Esko and his brother go back in time, trying to understand the unexpected death of their friend.
"Hüvasti, NSVL" is a nostalgic drama-comedy of the colorful life of an Ingrian-Finnish family during the final years of the Soviet Union era, through the eyes of the family's son Johannes. The feature movie filled cinemas both in-theater and online, and all 500 tickets were sold out.
The value of the audience award is €2,000, which will be presented by the city of Tallinn. The sum is divided equally between both winners.
The Black Nights Film Festival took place on November 13-29, and the online cinema is still open until December 6.
Editor: Roberta Vaino