Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s second feature film Black has been selected for the official competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which takes place from 13-29 November. The contemporary Romeo & Juliet story will have its European première in Estonia. The festival programme also includes Benjamin Deboosere’s Blue Birth, showing with Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird, on which the documentary is based.

BlackBlack premiered in Toronto, taking home the festival’s Discovery Award, followed by sold-out screenings at the Film Fest Ghent where the film won the Audience Award. This November, the directing duo’s film travels to Tallinn where Black is to have its European premiere in the main competition of the Black Nights Film Festival.

Based on the novels by Dirk Bracke, Black was written by Nele Meirhaeghe, El Arbi & Fallah and Hans Herbots, and revolves around 15-year-old Mavela who falls for a boy from a rival gang and is confronted with the brutal consequences of their forbidden love. Newcomers Martha Canga Antonio and Aboubakr Bensaïhi play the main characters. Frank Van Passel, Bert Hamelinck and Ivy Vanhaecke produced Black for Caviar (Sum of Histories, Paradise Trips).

Benjamin Deboosere will also present his film Blue Birth as a world premiere in Tallinn. The documentary shows the arduous coming-of-age experienced by Gust Van den Berghe while making his second feature film Blue Bird, which will also screen at the Festival. Van den Berghe is no stranger to Tallinn: his film Lucifer won the Grand Prix last year.

Black and Blue Bird received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund by Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Tuesday 27 October 2015

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