19th Titanic Filmfestival

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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.  

At first the audience favourite work was revealed: Fantastic Mr. Fox won with an average of 4, 87 points. The First Day of the Rest of Your Life came second, while the 3rd most popular was The Red Chapel.

Then came the Student Jury’s decision: their award was attributed to Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly which, as they explained, “exquisitely reflects on men-women relationship and its social aspects in a multi-character drama that works well in the restrained situation it unveils”.

Finally our jury members entered the stage who did not want to make suspense and revealed immediately the winner of Titanic Grand Prize. The triad of Nick James, Tiina Lock and Péter Gothár composing the international jury gave over the Breaking Waves Award complying 10.000 euros offered by the Educational and Cultural Ministry to the Holland film Can Go Through Skin. The movie shows the falling down and gradual self-rediscovery of a woman who, having suffered a violent attack in the past has to deal with the instinctive lust for revenge. According to the jury, the decision was not easy and was preceded by a serious debate, since the competition section was quite strong. Nick James said that their choice was based on the desire to give the award to a first time filmmaker whose film is daring as much in its theme as its aesthetic realisation. Gothár emphasised that they primarily evaluated the personal voice and the filmmaker’s desire to interact with the audience.

Although the awarded director, Esther Rots could not take her prize in person, the audience had the chance to get in contact with her and the composer of the film Dan Geesin with the help of the Internet. The director told us that the heroine in the film was not based on a real character and they had not applied any psychological research for building up her personality. Esther Rots admitted that she merely used herself: how she would react in similar situations. Dan Geesin talked about the importance of knowing the script while composing and that he had even attended the shootings. On many occasions the music was born first and the scenes were edited to it. The director finally revealed that she was very happy to have won the Titanic Award with her first feature, and that it meant inspiration to her for her further works.

The jury eventually thanked for the commitment and hard work of the Titanic crew and wished good luck for the future editions of the festival.

Those who missed the awarded films can see them in Uránia where the festival favourite Fantastic Mr. Fox screens at 18.30 and the winner of the Breaking Waves Award: Can Go through Skin can be seen at 20.45.

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