PÖFF announces two Lifetime Achievement Award winners


Black Nights Film Festival will hand the honorary Lifetime Achievement Award to the Estonian actor Tõnu Kark and the Finnish director and producer Jörn Donner.

Jörn Donner is a renowned Finnish film director and producer, who has produced nearly 60 films, including Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny And Alexander, winner of four Academy Awards in 1984, including the Best Foreign Language Film award. Donner held a memorably hilarious acceptance speech at the ceremony. His director’s slate comprises of more than 20 films. He began has directing career with A Sunday In September, that won the best debut award in Venice. His other well-known work include 'Black On White' (1968), Portraits Of Women (1970) and documentary Fuck off! Images of Finland (1971).

Donner is one of the founders of the Finnish Film Institute and the director of the Swedish Film Institute from 1978 until 1982. He has worked as a film critic, including the biggest daily paper at the time, the Dagens Nyheter. Black Nights screened Donner’s retrospective during the 1998 edition. His latest film, the documentary Fuck Off 2: Images Of Finland will have its international premiere at Black Nights Film Festival.

He will receive the honorary award at the screening of Fuck Off: Images of Finland (1971) which will kick off the 48-hour marathon screening of Finnish cult films.

Tõnu Kark is one of the most well-known Estonian actors of his generation having played pivotal roles in the new wave of the 1980’s, including the films that are considered to be among the highlights of the 1980’s Estonian cinema: Ideal Landscape (1981) and The Adventurer (1983).

Kark has played in over 60 Estonian and foreign films, including the Soviet box office hit Unmarked Merchandise (Gruz bez markirovki, 1984) that sold more than 35,9 million tickets. He has been awarded as the best male actor several times in Estonia and once even in Latvia. Due to his confident and cool demanour he has been dubbed as the Estonian Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson.

Kark will receive the award on 20 November at the world premiere of The Green Cats, the new tragicomedy directed by Andres Puustusmaa, that is part of the festival’s Estonian Film Competition. Kark plays one of the two leading roles alongside the recognised Russian actor Sergey Makovetski.