Tallinn Black Nights (PÖFF) will launch an online cinema where films can be watched all year round in Estonian territory. The kick-off event will screen five films of the Women's Nights Film Festival, followed by films from the program of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival.
"Due to the pandemic, we screened a large part of our program online during last year's PÖFF and it turned out to be very popular. For the first time, those who live far from the cities Tallinn and Tartu had the opportunity to take part in the festival and this is what really inspired us," said the festival director Tiina Lokk.
With the news that Estonia's cinemas will close down once again in March due to the coronavirus, the online cinema will be the festival's effort to keep the tradition of showing and watching great films alive.
"Our film selection represents a so-called second view, different from other known and daily used streaming platforms, capturing the world's cinematography in its thematic, genre and style diversity," she added.
The virtual cinema will be the same environment that was used for online screenings during the last edition of Black Nights last November. Currently, viewing access will be limited to the territory of Estonia. With the opening of the online cinema, PÖFF will kick-off its 25th-anniversary celebrations that will culminate in November.
The online cinema will launch on March 6, with a five-film special program of the Women's Nights Film Festival aka NÖFF. All films touch on the topic of boundaries of the natural and artificial worlds, which is also the theme of this year's NÖFF.
From March 9, three films from the latest PÖFF program will be added to the online cinema selection:
- "50 or Two Whales Meet on the Beach" is a shocking youth film by Mexican director Jorge Cuchi, based on the "Blue Whale" game that spread on social media a few years ago. The game has 50 tasks to complete, the last of which is suicide. The winning film of the youth jury of the PÖFF's Youth and Children's Film Festival Just Film - PÖFF's Youth and Children's Film Festival.
- "Dinner in America" is a poignant comedy by US director Adam Carter Rehmeier about two song-writing social outcasts taking each other on an epic journey through the decadent suburbs of the Midwest. Winning film of the Rebels with a Cause competition programme of PÖFF.
- "The Club of Angels" is a criminal black comedy by Brazilian director Angelo Defanti, in which a crumbling men's club finds new energy to come together when their new chef begins to serve irresistible dinners - the only trouble: after each dinner, one club member dies. The film screened in the Current Waves section of PÖFF.
The Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, the side-festival organized by the team at PÖFF, running from April 30 - May 4 will be introduced in the online cinema by Canadian director Cameron Macgowan's horror thriller "Red Letter Day".
Every month, PÖFF's online cinema will be displaying a new selection of films from previous festival editions. Before the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF), it is also possible to watch a special program consisting of films from the previous editions of HÕFF.
Editor: Roberta Vaino