TALLINN – For the first time ever, the Black Nights Film Festival held annually in Estonia is giving out the DDA Spotlight Award, which will be presented to renowned British film directors Armando Iannucci and Francis Annan.
Presented together with DDA, a leading public relations firm in the international film industry, the aim of the award is to bring to the forefront filmmakers who have promoted the diversity in the film industry and the involvement of minorities through their activities or creations.
Armando Iannucci, author of "The Death of Stalin" and "In the Loop", will be awarded the recognition for his latest film, titled "The Personal History of David Copperfield", which depicts an upside down turned version of Charles Dickens' classic novel "David Copperfield".
Francis Annan is receiving the award for the film "Escape from Pretoria", which tells the true story of anti-apartheid activist Tim Jenkin, who in 1979 escaped from Pretoria prison, where he had been unjustly imprisoned.
According to Iannucci, it is important that film art reflects who we are.
"This book by Charles Dickens may have been written 170 years ago, but it speaks to us here and now. That is why it was extremely important for us to emphasize the importance of difference and diversity in the choice of actors. Hopefully this film will set an example for other historical dramas as well," Iannucci said.
The film, which takes place in the Victorian era, stars Dev Patel of Indian origin, and actors of different skin color and origin can be seen in several other roles as well.
Annan expressed the hope that his film, based on an extraordinary real-life story, would inspire people around the world to stand up against racial discrimination.
The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 15, starting at 6.15 p.m. ahead of the screening of "The Personal History of David Copperfield" at the Coca-Cola Plaza cinema, to which both laureates have sent their video greetings due to the coronavirus. The award will be announced by head of DDA Dennis Davidson and Black Nights Film Festival director Tiina Lokk. The film "Escape from Pretoria" will be shown at Coca-Cola Plaza on Monday starting at 6.15 p-m.
The Black Nights Film Festival runs until November 29.