Opening Ceremony & Opening Film

The BNFF returns to light up movie screens during black nights on 17 November at 7pm at the Nordea Concert Hall with the festive BNFF opening ceremony black carpet and the opening film. During the opening ceremony, the Black Nights Film Festival will present its lifetime achievement award and the Bruno O'Ya Prize to a young Estonian actor.

The gala evening will be hosted by Hendrik Toompere Jr. The stage show will see the return of the 28th graduating class of the EAMT's Drama School with director Ingmar Jõela whose last year's production is still on the minds of the audience to this day. The noted Flemish music ensemble Revue Blanche will be performing as part of the Festival's In Focus program.

The stage show sound design will be by Sander Mölder and visuals by Alyona Movko.

NB! The dress code for the opening ceremony and opening film is black tie.

In order to really capture the festive occasion and its spirit, we ask the audience to arrive at the Nordea Concert Hall no later than 6.45pm as there will be photographers on the black carpet before the ceremony!

The ceremony will be followed by the screening of the festival's opening film Racer and the Jailbird, a striking “love noir” directed by Michaël R. Roskami. A Belgian-French co- production, the film takes place in the Belgian underworld where a tragic love story blossoms in the midst of looming danger. The film's larger-than- life characters are played by Hollywood's rising stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos. The film has already captivated the audiences of the Venice, Toronto and London Film Festivals and is Belgium's entry for this year's Foreign Language Oscar.

Tickets are on sale at Piletilevi and the BNFF ticket centres:
opening ceremony + opening film ticket 15€