Presse 06 NOV 2020

Madly in Life in competition at Tallinn Black Nights

The Tallin Black Nights Film Festival announced the film selection of its 2020 edition. Madly in Life is selected in the "First Feature Competition". Bula, Lola, Jumbo and Stories Keep Me Awake at Night are also in the programme.

Bula

The Tallinn Balck Nights Film Festival will take a hybrid form with both physical screenings and virtual access to films to industry professionnals and the press. The festival will take place from the 13th to the 29th of November 2020.

In the "First Feature Competition", there is Madly in Life by Ann Sirot & Raphaël Balboni, produced by Hélicotronc, with the help of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. It was the opening film of the 2020 edition of FIFF Namur. International sales are handled by Be for Films.

"Alex and Noémie, a couple and in their thirties, would like to have a child. But their plans are turned upside down when Alex's mother, Suzanne, starts doing some serious shit. That's because she has contracted “semantic dementia”, a fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects her behaviour. She steals cars, cuts her neighbours' hair in their sleep, makes her own money to buy cigarettes. Suzanne goes from being a mother to an unmanageable kid. A strange school of parenting for Noémie and Alex."
Madly in Life

In the "Rebel With a Cause" competition and for its world premiere, there is Bula by Boris Baum, produced by Les Films de la Récré, with the aide à la promotion en festivals du Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

"Marcelo grew up locked inside his childhood bedroom. His daily life shared between his scientific research, his Black Metal solo band and his mother. One day, two events upturned his everyday life: his failure in final exams and the mysterious death of his father Dr. Ziad, a famous anthropologist, in Brazil. Determined to investigate his disappearance, he begins a journey to the Amazon and will discover the true meaning of his mission"
Bula

In the "JF Youth Programme", there is Lola vers la mer by Laurent Micheli, produced by Wrong Men, with the help of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. International sales are handled by Les Films du Losange.

"Just when Lola, 18 years old and transgender, learns that she can finally have surgery, her mother, who is her only financial support, passes away. Abiding by her mother's last wishes, Lola and her father, who are permanently in conflict and have not seen each other for two years, undertake a journey all the way to the Belgian coast. They realize the outcome of the journey may not be the one they were both expecting..."
Lola

In the "Current Waves", there is Jumbo by Zoé Wittock, produced by Kwassa Films, with the help of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. International sales are handled by WTFilms.

"Jeanne, a shy young woman, works as a night guard in an amusement park. She lives a fusional relationship with her mother, the outgoing Margarette. While no man can find his place within the duo that everything opposes, Jeanne develops a strange relationship with Jumbo, the new star attraction of the park"
Jumbo

In the "Rebels With Their Shorts" competition, there is the short film Stories Keep Me Awake at Night by Jeremy van der Haegen, produced by Neon Rouge Production, with the help of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

"Oscar, eight, likes to wear dresses."
Stories Keep Me Awake at Night

Lola

There are also co-productions from Wallonia-Brussels in the programme: Should the Wind Drop co-produced by Kwassa Films (First Feature Competition), Why Not You co-produced by Take Five (First Feature Out of Competition), The Man Who Sold His Skin co-produced by Kwassa Films (Current Waves) and Hunted co-produced by Wrong Men (Midnight Shivers).