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Panahi is free

Award-winning Iranian film director Jafar Panahi was released on $200,000 bail today (25th May) from the Evin prison in Tehran, where he had been held since March on charges of producing an “anti-regime” film. The film was reportedly in early development. 

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2010-04-29
Péter Gothár, the photographer

A photo exhibition opens on 30 April in Fuga Gallery which is composed of the works of the Hungarian jury member at this year’s Titanic.

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The winners of the 17th Titanic

Last night, within the frame of the 17th Titanic International Film Festival closing gala, this year’s awarded films were announced.  

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Snapshot of the past ten years

On the last but one afternoon the 17th Titanic International Film Festival gave place to a roundtable discussion about the list of the best 30 films of the last decade published in Sight & Sound. The participants in the discussion were attended by Tiina Lock, Teréz Vincze, Nick James and György Horváth.

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Sex therapy

During the Q&A yesterday, Tali Shalom Ezer, director of the Israeli film Surrogate talked about, among others, the true origins of the sexual therapy in the film and its controversial methods.

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Reymond Amsalem about the terrorist attacks

Reymond Amsalem, the actress of Seven Minutes in Heaven, an Israeli-French-Hungarian co-production, was Titanic’s guest. Reymond plays the survivor of a terrorist attack in Jerusalem. This film is the first movie to analyse this theme.

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Time Stands Still at Titanic!

Péter Gothár’s classic, a landmark in Hungarian cinema, is going to be 30 years old next year. The director is the member of this year’s Titanic Film Festival jury. Tonight Time Stands Still screens as an homage at 20.30 in Örökmozgó.

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Special offer: Jean-Philippe Héritier composer

An apparent evidence to the colourfulness of Titanic’s Music for All section is the fact that the documentary about White Stripes fits just as much into it as the dance film composed to the tunes of Jean-Philippe Héritier’ soundtrack. Today we are presenting to you the Swiss composer of Souldance, Jean-Philippe Héritier. 

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Souldance once more!

Tonight you can see one last time at Titanic the touching dance film Souldance made by Yvette Bozsik and Marcell Iványi. Q&A after the screening!



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Jukka-Pekka Valkeapaa was here

The director accompanied his first feature film, The Visitor to the festival. During yesterday evening’s Q&A in Urania he told the viewers about the timeless, fairy tale-like world of the film and the difficulties of the shooting.
 

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Full house Persian Cats Party at the Titanic Film Festival

Take It Easy Hospital, the leading band from No One Knows About Persian Cats, a movie about the Iranian underground music scene, has been introduced live to Titanic’s audiences – with huge success.

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Isabelle Huppert on today’s Titanic programme!

Today you can see two of the movies in competition for the Breaking the Waves Award.




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Our Guest: Jan Budař

The audience of Urania had the chance to meet personally one of the main characters of Javier Rebollo’s Woman Without a Piano played by the popular Czech actor, Jan Budař.
 


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Special offer: Exotic places

The choice of Titanic film festival is extremely wide not only in terms of theme but also of geography. This year works have come to our festival from 25 countries all together, the world’s most divert parts from Chile through Russia to Cambodge. The exotic places usually get an important part in the movies themselves. Today we are selecting from those movies that bring us to remote and most special sceneries. 

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Premiere of Budapest at Titanic!

Budapest, the Hungarian-Brazilian-Portugal co-production is screened tonight at 18.00 in Uránia; you can also meet Jan Budar, one of the main characters of Woman Without a Piano.


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Special offer: Claire Denis's movies

Claire Denis film director started out her career in collaboration with such prominent filmmakers as Wim Wenders or Jim Jarmusch. Her first feature of her own had great international success.

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“I wanted to talk about the time passing by”

Rémi Bezançon, director of The First Day of the Rest of Your Life, a touching family drama screened today, was interrogated by the audience at the Q&A this afternoon.


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“Not advisable for domestic use”

Jörgen Bergmark, the director of A Rational Solution Swedish tragic comedy had a conversation with the audience on Saturday evening after the screening in Uránia.

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Rémi Bezançon is our guest!

From today’s programme we recommend you Holland drama Can Go Through Skin, a Czech animation film, In the Attic: Who Has a Birthday Today?, and French movie The First Day of the Rest of Your Life, whose director Rémi Bezançon has also arrived at Titanic.


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Special offer: the Documentaries Section

As part of the Titanic Film Festival’s traditionally rich and colourful programme, today we would like to draw the documentary film fans’ attention to the particularly exciting choice of this year’s Documentaries Section.  

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„Jazz is one of the main characters”


Jean Achache, the director of One Night in the Club shared a few of his professional secrets with the audience in Örökmozgó last night.


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Soul Dance at Titanic


The world premiere of the film based on the performance called Soul Dance took place yesterday at Titanic in KINO. After the screening the crew: Yvette Bozsik, the choreographer of the play, Marcell Iványi director, Márk Puskásy member of Tánceánia Dance Company and Mária Czeilik editor had a Q&A with the audience.



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Nordic guest at Titanic again!

Tonight you can meet Jörgen Bergmark, the director of competition film A Rational Solution after the screening!



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World premiere at Titanic!

We are recommending two films of Titanic’s today program, whose filmmakers give a Q&A after the screening: our guests are Jean Achache, the director of A Night int he Club, and Yvette  Bozsik and Marcell Iványi, makers of the film Souldance.

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The Festival has started!

Today the 17th Titanic International Film Festival starts with the screening of the Russian family drama Wolfy in Uránia Film Theatre at 16.15.


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Titanic has opened!

Titanic International Film Festival, Hungary’s highest quality international film event presenting the greatest variety of feature films and attracting the highest number of entrances opened on Wednesday evening in the frame of a formal opening ceremony. 

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10 days to Titanic!

Only ten days left before the beginning of the 17th Titanic International Film Festival comprising 61 films from 25 countries in 9 sections. The opening press conference was held on March 30th, Tuesday morning in Uránia National Film Theatre, the soon to be festival centre.

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War films and family stories in the French films' section at Titanic

French films traditionally form a significant part of Titanic’s programme, compiling this year into a particularly desirable section. The 17th Titanic International Film Festival presents last year’s biggest French successes between 8th – 18th of April, 2010.   

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Titanic and the Hungarian connection

We are happy to announce that Hungary’s biggest international film event also connects to our domestic filmmaking this year. A Hungarian film and several co-productions with Hungarian participation will be screened at the 17th Titanic International Film Festival between 8- 18th of April, 2010.

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Historical drama and dystopian science fiction at this year's Titanic

The 17th Titanic International Film Festival again offers an impressively wide range of films from comedy to crime, from social drama to animated films between 8 – 18th of April, 2010. Various genres are presented from all over the world, from Chile through China to Sweden.

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Titanic 2010: Coming Soon!

Good news to all movie enthusiasts: the 17th International Titanic Film Festival launches in little more than a month. Hungary’s biggest international film event offers a traditionally varied and multicoloured programme with lots of daring and unique films to the audience between 8 - 18th of April, 2010.

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Sundance 2010 launches
The 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the premier showcase for the independent cinema, kicked off on 21st January in Park City, Utah. Over the course of the ten day event nearly 200 American and international dramatic and documentary films will be presented.
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Breaking Waves in cinemas
After the 2008 Titanic-winner Jar City, this year's Breaking Waves Award winner film North is now also being released in cinemas. The screenplay of the Norwegian film, directed by Rune Denstad Langlo, was written by Erlend Loe, who is also well-known as a novelist (Doppler; Volvo lastvagnar).
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Jar City in cinemas

The winner of last year’s Titanic Breaking Waves Award has recently had its general release in Hungarian cinemas. Jar City, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, is a Nordic thriller with a sour sense of humour. We would like to humbly note here that so far all our prize winners have received general releases - North is coming soon, as well

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Digital expansion for Palace Cinemas

XDC has struck a deal with Palace Cinemas to supply digital projection systems to the company’s cinemas. The agreement will see DCI-compliant projection systems rolled out in 170 of Palace Cinema’s screens in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary from the second half of 2009. The venture will be co-financed by the Virtual Print Fee (VPF) model.

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Wenders to direct first 3D dance feature

Wim Wenders and the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch are collaborating on the first dance feature film to be shot in 3D. Wenders has been keen to work with Bausch for some time but before the development of 3D was unable to find the right medium. He said that 3D will help to “take the audience directly on to the stage.

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Asger Leth filming in Hollywood

In 2008 one of the highlights of Titanic Film Festival was the superb Danish doc, the raw and uncompromising "Ghosts of Cité Soleil" from the Haitian ghetto. Now director Asger Leth is ready to embark on his first feature film.

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Film Institutions about Titanic

Both the Norwegian Film Institute  and the Icelandic Film Centre announce in their headlines the recognition of North by the Breaking Waves Award and the successful presentation of White Night Wedding acclaiming the Audience Award at Titanic Film Festival. The next stop for North is going to be the New York based Tribeca Film Festival.

North is the Breaking Waves Award-winner film
We have the pleasure to announce you that has Rune Denstad Langlo’s North has won the Breaking Waves Award of the 16th Titanic International Film Festival and the National Student Jury Award, while the Festival’s Audience Award has been attributed to Baltasar Kormákur’s White Night Wedding.
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Baltasar Kormákur was our guest

The Icelandic director of 101 Reykjavík, Jar City and White Night Wedding, President of Titanic Jury and winner of last year’s Breaking Waves Award met the audience on Thursday evening.
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Thursday party in Toldi
We are glad to inform you that the vodka-cucumber party in Toldi on Thursday eve was a great success.
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Stéphane Malandrine at Titanic
Stéphane Malandrine who made  Hand of the Headless Man Belgian thriller with his brother Guillaume is Titanic’s guest. 
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The weekend starts
Our Friday offer: Berlin Calling, Big Man Japan.
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Our guest was the main actor of North
Norwegian Anders Baasmo was at Titanic and seduced the audience with his Scandinavian sense of humour. 
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"Where are the festivals on the Hungarian film industry map?"

On April 4th, Saturday, Titanic International Film Festival hosted a professional discussion where the leaders of different Hungarian film festivals gave account of the current situation of their organisations.

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Independent film distribution 2.0
On March 31st in Toldi cinema small room the public had the opportunity to attend a roundtable-discussion about the future and the possibilities of film distribution.   
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Thursday programme offer

We recommend two Q&A-s to our viewers: today you can meet Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and French filmmaker Stephane Malandrine at Titanic.
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Jean-Xavier de Lestrade was at Titanic
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade Oscar winner documentary filmmaker brought us his first feature to the 16th  Titanic International Film Festival. Lestrade met the audience after the screening of Welcome Home on March 30th in Uránia National Film Theatre.  
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Animation films in the afternoon, thrilling movies for the evening
Those who want animation films, pay a visit to KINO to attend the screening of Fear(s) of the Dark French animation film, or go and see Japanese Shinkai Makoto’s beautiful anime,  5 Centimeters per Second in Toldi. 
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Grégoire Colin at Titanic
Grégoire Colin, starring in French thriller The Killer, is Titanic’s guest until Wednesday.
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Nordic Films and Lots of Black Humour Today at Titanic
Our programme offer: North, Berlin Calling, Terribly Happy.
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The director of Elevator was here
The Titanic International Film Festival had the honour to host Romanian filmmaker George Dorobantu last weekend. The Q&A-s took place in Örökmozgó and Toldi Cinemas. 
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Monday: guests from France



More Q&A-s: Grégoire Colin and Oscar-winning Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.


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Sunday Film Delicacies

Come and see Benicio del Toro’s Cannes Awarded acting in Che by Steven Soderbergh; Killing Kasztner, a Hungary-related documentary; and a Taiwan melodrama.  
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Ropedancers and hunger strikers on today’s programme
On Saturday Man on the Rope Oscar winning documentary, George Dorobantu’s Elevator and Cannes Awarded Hunger can be seen at Titanic. 
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Q&A-s at Titanic
The audience had the opportunity to meet two filmmakers on Friday in Uránia National Film Theatre: Belgian Taylan Barman and Argentine Diego Sabanés, directors of 9mm and Made Up Memories
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Cannes Grand Prize awarded maffia film opened Titanic
We got an insight into the deepest layers of the underworld of Naples in the festival opening film at the 16th edition of Titanic International Film Festival.

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Change of programme!
We regret to inform our readers and festival goers that a slight change has occured in the festival programme published in Pesti Est's Titanic special edition.(Long Shadows).
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Scary animation and Academy Award winner documentary at Titanic
Good news to all movie-fans: the 16th Titanic International Film Festival begins in less than two weeks, on 26th March! Hungary’s greatest international film event again offers a varied program with a multiplicity of genres and themes.
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The film list of the 16th Titanic International Film Festival has been finalized

The programme contains an impressively wide range of films from Japanese anime to northern horror, from thriller to (real and fake) documentary. Hungary’s greatest international film festival presents altogether 55 films from 26 countries between 26 March - 5 April, 2009.

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Titanic sets sail next month!
Movie-goers may again choose from a number of bold and unique films at the 16th Titanic International Film Festival between 26 March – 5 April, 2009. The submission deadline for the 16th Titanic Film Festival has ended. The complete programme is due to be announced int he middle of March.
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AZYL-BUSHO: DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD!
The organizers of the Azyl Festival in Bratislava and of the BuSho in Budapest are fed up with the political debates, and they decided that they would try to prove (first of all on a cultural scene): Yes, there's a normal Slovak-Hungarian relation-though this is not what we hear  from the media...
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Secret Of The Grain
Abdellatif Kechiche's film, Secret of the Grain, is being screened in Hungarian cinemas, which was first introduced to national audiences at last year's Titanic festival. The Tunisian director-scripwriter of the French drama received the 21st European Film Awards Prix FIPRESCI Critics' Award in 2008.

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9 Foreign Language Films Advance in 2008 Oscar Race
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released their shortlist of nine foreign-language films, which will be whittled down to five Oscar nominees on January 22:
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Titanic films in cinema
Several films from the program of the 2008 Titanic Film Festival made it to nationwide Hungarian theatrical release so far including Just Another Love Story from Ole Bornedal and Half Nelson by Ryan Fleck – not to mention 3:10 to Yuma, El Bano de Papa, In the Valley of Elah, Rescue Dawn and In Bruge all of which had their premiere at our festival and enjoyed great success in cinemas, partially due to their festival participation.
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About our call for entries
Formally, the entry for the 16th Titanic International Filmfestival will begin on 15th December, and that is already certain that we can accept only feature - lenght films, which made after 1st January 2008. Unfortunately we have no opportunity to accept works that are shorter than 65 minutes or documentaries. The date of the festival is: 26th March - 5th April, 2009., and we are expecting daring and original works from all over the world. You can learn more of the terms of entry on 15th December. The entry is free of charge this year as well.
Blu-ray at Titanic
Werner Herzog's new film, Rescue Dawn, that was screened in a unique Blu-ray format, had a full house premiere at Titanic. Distributed by Forum Home Entertainment in Hungary, Rescue Dawn, starring Christian Bale, recaptures a true story that Werner Herzog had already engaged in, in an earlier documentary.
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Donnie Darko sequel S. Darko starts shooting May 18
UK-based sales company Velvet Octopus will be launching sales in Cannes for S. Darko, billed as the sequel to the 2001 cult hit Donnie Darko. Fox has already taken North American rights.
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The closing ceremony of the 15th Titanic International Film Festival
Blindness set for first sight at Cannes
Speculation was mounting last night that Brazilian film-maker Fernando Meirelles' adaptation of Jose Saramago's bestselling mystery Blindness will open the Cannes international film festival on May 14.

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Nordic music and crime stories are the winners of the Titanic


Jar City, the Islandic crime story was awarded as the strongest film in competition of the 15th Titanic International Film Festival by Grainne Humphreys, director of the Dublin Film Festival, Czech director and scenarist Marek Dobes and Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó.
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Mexico City - Budapest, not a big distance for Titanic
Last year Guillermo del Toro surprised festivalgoers, when he appeared to view his friend, Daniel Gruener's competing film. This morning another surprise guest arrived from Mexico City: Daniel Gruener's student.
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Black comedy from New York
I have used autobiographical elements, but I have never killed a man” - said American film director Kerry Douglas Dye, who arrived to the festival with his second noir-comedy hybrid Body/Antibody.
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Sundance opening film concludes the 15th Titanic International Film Festival
Four international filmmakers will attend the Closing Gala of Titanic Film Festival on April 13th, to personally await the announcement of this year’s Breaking Waves Award and the requisite 10,000-Euro prize.
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Titanic Party in Gödör - report
The mood in Club Gödör was fantastic even before the concerts kicked off. The most prominent figures of the Hungarian underground music scene were hanging out with other guests, waiting for the concerts.

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Bloody Danish action film in premiere plan – film professionals about screenwriting
"We’re in an unusual situation”, addressed the audience Balázs Varga after the Tuesday evening screening of Go in Peace Jamal
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“The shop assistant knows me by now” – Notes from Vörösmarty
A small community evolves during the festival”, “The shop assistant recognises my face by now”, “we teach the people how to use the translating equipment” - answered venue volunteers to the question why it is good to work in Vörösmarty and what the festival atmosphere is like.
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Another public screening of the popular Czech puppet-horror on Tuesday
"We’re always looking for interesting animation films for the festival program” - said György Horváth, festival captain, about the Czech puppet-horror, One Night in One City, which was introduced by producer Martin Vandas to a large audience on Saturday afternoon in Toldi Cinema.
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Beautiful women from Vietnam
"I would like to transmit feelings and emotions with my film” - said director Ngo Quang Hai, whom the audiences might know as an actor from  the widely acclaimed films, Three seasons and Miracles of Life.
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Screenwriters at Titanic
The Danish film Go in Peace Jamil, from the Elements of Crime section, is being screened at 4 p.m. on April 8th in Uránia National Film Theatre. Gábor Krigler TV screenwriter and Gábor Németh writer, who wrote the script for Tamás Sas’s film, Presszó, will have a discussion about the script of the film after the screening.
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We’re setting sail on Thursday

We have gone through a major makeover, transformed our design, and (as all our readers may have experienced) our homepage was renewed, as well - as it was revealed on Monday during the opening press conference of the 15th Titanic International Film Festival in the Uránia National Film Theatre Café.

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Batman vs. Gladiator
Two modern acting legends, Christian Bale and Russell Crowe clash in the Opening Gala film of the 15th Titanic International Film Festival on the 3rd of April in Uránia cinema.
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The competition fever at Titanic is rising
From The final line of battle is set up for the competing films at the 15th Titanic International Film Festival, which kicks off on the 3rd of April.
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America, Iceland, and Russia are already confirmed competitors at Titanic
From A war between brothers in Arkansas, a crime mystery in Iceland, or the story of a Russian professor addicted to heroin may just be the most daring film of the 15th Titanic International Film Festival starting on the 3rd of April.
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Tricks (Sztuczki) at Titanic
From Tricks by Polish director Andrzej Jakimowski has won the Knight Grand Jury
Prize for best foreign film at the Miami Film Festival.
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Titanic arrives next month!
From Tommy Lee Jones to Joy Division, a colourful variety of daring independent films will make their début at Titanic International Film Festival in Budapest, between 3 - 13 April, 2008.
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Trust picks up Hungarian prize-winner The Investigator
Trust Film Sales of Denmark has confirmed it is handling international
sales for Hungarian film The Investigator.
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Survey finds Katyn considered best Polish film ever
Even though Andrzej Wajda's Katyń did not win an Oscar, a new survey shows Poles think that it's the best Polish film of all time.
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Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (February 15-24) is proud to host the avantgard filmmaker Jonas Mekas.
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Martin Scorsese’s Shine a Light opens Berlinale
Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese's documentary on the Rolling Stones, will open the Berlin film festival next month. Scorsese and the band will attend the Feb. 7 screening.
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First three films selected for VPRO Tiger Awards Competition
The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected the first three films in its VPRO Tiger Awards Competition: WALTZ IN STARLIGHT by Shingo Wakagi (Japan), FLOWER IN THE POCKET by Liew Seng Tat (Malaysia) and the Hubert Bals Fund supported WONDERFUL TOWN by Aditya Assarat (Thailand).
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Hitman Comedy Opens 2008 Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Institute has announced Martin McDonagh's comedy In Bruges as the Sundance Film Festival's 2008 Opening Night Film. The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.
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The 9th Bratislava International Film Festival
Bratislava On Friday, 30th November 2007 the 9th edition of the International Film Festival Bratislava opened its gates and the event will last till 7th December. Slovak feature Halflife, a debut by Vlado Fischer will be screened as the opening film of the festival. Halflife competes among 16 contenders in this year’s festival competition.
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