The Icelandic film Summer Children has been chosen to compete in the First Feature Competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

The film, which is directed by Guðrún Ragnarsdóttir, is a period piece about a group of children stuck in a summer camp in the 1970s. The film follows siblings Eydís and Kári, who are only five and six years old when their parents’ marriage breaks apart. As their mother struggles to find her footing following the divorce, they are sent temporarily to a children’s home in the countryside. But their stay there turns out to be longer than they had ever imagined.

On the film’s website, the story is described as autobiographical. 

The First Feature Competition is a selection of films by newcomers. Here’s the full list of films competing:

Bingo – Daniel Rezende (Brazil)
Buddha.mov – Kabir Mehta (India)
Different Kinds of Rain – Isabel Prahl (Germany)
Driver – Yehonatan Indursky (Israel/France)
Goodbye, Grandpa! – Yukihiro Morigaki (Japan)
Home – Kim Jong-woo (South Korea)
Nearest and Dearest – Ksenia Zueva (Russia)
Neurotic Quest for Serenity – Paulinho Caruso and Teodoro Poppovic (Brazil)
Resurrection – Kristof Hoornaert (Belgium)
Secret Ingredient – Gjorce Stavreski (Macedonia/Greece)
Summer Children – Guðrún Ragnarsdóttir (Iceland/Norway)
Sunbeat – Clara Laperrousaz and Laura Laperrousaz (France)
The Faithful Son – Guérin van de Vorst (Belgium)
The Heat After the Rain – Cristóbal Serrá Jorquera (Costa Rica)
The Marriage – Blerta Zeqiri (Kosovo/Albania)
The Seagull – Erkan Tunç (Turkey)

List source: Cineuropa

 

The Black Nights Film Festival will begin on 17 November.

 

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.