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Jörn Donner to receive lifetime achievement award from Tallin’s Black Nights Film Festival

Finnish director/producer Jörn Donner will be honoured at this year’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival with a lifetime achievement award.

Donner has produced nearly sixty films throughout his career, including Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny & Alexander [+] which won four Oscars in 1984, including Best Foreign Language Film, which Donner collected together with Bergman’s wife, Ingrid von Rosen.

Additionally, Donner has directed more than twenty films, including A Sunday in September, which was awarded Best Directorial Debut at the 1963 Venice Film Festival. Donner has also been awarded for his life’s work at the Finnish Film Awards. He has also served as the head of the Finnish Film Foundation’s governing board in the 1980’s as well as the head of the Swedish Film Institute from 1978 till 1982.

Donner is also a well-known writer having won the Finlandia award for literature. He has published over 50 books.

The award will be handed out in a ceremony at Tallin’s Kinomaja cinema where Donner’s film Fuck Off – Images from Finland (1971) will kick-off a 48-hour Finnish film marathon celebrating Finland’s centenary.

Tallin’s Black Nights Film Festival is Estonia’s largest annual cultural event. The opening ceremony of this year’s festival was held on November 17th and the festival will run until December 3rd.

Source: Finnish Film Foundation

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.