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Black Nights 2021 / First Feature Competition

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25 articles available in total starting from 24/06/2021. Last article published on 02/12/2021.

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Review: Occupation

Review: Occupation

In the wake of the Warsaw Pact invasion, a group of Prague theatre people having a post-performance booze session get a menacing visit from a Russian soldier, in Michal Nohejl’s debut  

02/12 | Black Nights 2021 | First Feature Competition

Adam Donen • Director of Alice Through The Looking

Interview: Adam Donen • Director of Alice Through The Looking

"I like the wildness of the 60s and the 70s and I’m very keen to capture it in my work"

The director of the world’s first fully holographic theatre play presented his first feature film, a very free adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic, and talked to us about it  

01/12 | Black Nights 2021 | First Feature Competition

Review: Alice, Through the Looking

Review: Alice, Through the Looking

Experimental theatre director and symphony composer Adam Donen comes to Black Nights with a very free, and very loopy, adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic  

01/12 | Black Nights 2021 | First Feature Competition

Dovile Sarutyte • Director of Feature Film About Life

Interview: Dovile Sarutyte • Director of Feature Film About Life

"Right after the death of family member you suddenly turn in a event manager, a funeral organiser - and this is grotesque situation"

There is no time to mourn in the first feature by the Lithuanian filmmaker, who tells us more about it and about turning a personal experience into a script  

30/11 | Black Nights 2021 | First Feature Competition

Malachi Smyth • Director of The Score

Interview: Malachi Smyth • Director of The Score

“I like these small moments in time when lives are changed forever”

We talked to the director of this British musical set in a roadside café, which features music by Johnny Flynn  

30/11 | Black Nights 2021 | First Feature Competition

Review: Other Cannibals

Review: Other Cannibals

This year’s First Feature Competition victor is an unnerving tale of an oddly well-adjusted cannibal, by debuting director Francesco Sossai  

30/11 | Black Nights 2021 | First Feature Competition

Review: Blind Love

Review: Blind Love

This thrifty, inventive, no-budget debut by young Swiss-Kenyan filmmaker Damien Hauser tackles the subject of disability with both empathy and irreverence  

30/11 | Black Nights 2021 | First Feature Competition

Review: The Radio Amateur

Review: The Radio Amateur

A young autistic man obsessed with radio engineering tries to find some independence, but crueller forces attempt to impede him, in Spaniard Iker Elorrieta’s sensitive debut  

29/11 | Black Nights 2021 | First Feature Competition

Michal Nohejl • Director of Occupation

Interview: Michal Nohejl • Director of Occupation

“The theatre setting brought an extra dimension to the expression of the story”

In his first feature, the Czech actor-director uses humour and satire to deal with a painful period in Czechoslovakia’s history  

29/11 | Black Nights 2021 | First Feature Competition

Francesco Sossai • Director of Other Cannibals

Interview: Francesco Sossai • Director of Other Cannibals

“The idea was for the film not to enhance the beauty of the surroundings, but rather create the images as ruggedly as possible”

The Italian director mixes the topic of cannibalism with friendship and self-determination in his Black Nights-winning debut feature  

29/11 | Black Nights 2021 | First Feature Competition

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