21th TITANIC KICKS OFF ON 4TH APRIL

The 21st Titanic kicks off with the screening of the English-Irish drama, Calvary and it closes with Only Lovers Left Alive from Jim Jarmusch.  Between 4th -12th April at five venues the audience can watch 52 films of 25 nations divided into 7 sections. 10 of them are 2014-premieres, 5 of which had its world-premiere on Sundance Film Festival. There will be 9 films in competition for the Breaking Waves Award. The head of the jury is Hungarian film director, János Szász.


Between 4th -12th April Titanic awaits its audience at five venues, Uránia National Film Theatre, Örökmozgó, Toldi, Puskin and A38. This year’s selection is expected to be fresher, more exciting and colourful than ever. The Festival opens with John Michael McDonagh’s film, the English-Irish drama, Calvary staring Brendan Gleeson. It deals with the topic of faith and morality with black humour.

In American Independents we can watch 5 American indie films out of which A. J. Edwards’s first film, The Better Angels is expected to be the most peculiar one. This poetic black and white movie is about the childhood of Abraham Lincoln. It is produced by Terrence Malick. A Touch of Sin will be screened in the Around the World block presenting five films. The movie of the outstanding contemporary Chineese film-maker, Jia Zhangke won the Best Script Award of the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. The film shows four stories that all happened in reality about the unhappiness being manifested in revenge. The European stories section contains six movies. One of them is a fascinating  political satire, the French Jacky in the Kingdom of Women staring Charlotte Gainsbourg. The humour of Riad Sattouf, French writer, comic book artist and director with Syrian roots amazed the audience of the Rotterdam Film Festival.

There will be five documentaries running at Titanic. The most shocking and moving of all for sure is Cambodia’s Oscar-nominee, The Missing Picture in which Rithy Panh reconstructs the Khmer Rouge regime that massacred 2 million people between 1975 és 1979. He uses clay figurines, archive shots and by his own narration. The eight films of Music for All embraces several decades from the 60s till today. One of the five movies of the Dark Side section, A Field in England of English cult director Ben Wheatley takes place during the time of the Englsih civil war. The producer of this horror movie, Andy Starke – who happanes to be one of the members of the jury – will be the guest of the festival.

Titanic Festival is one of the biggest film events in Hungary and operates as a competition festival since 2005. This year there will be 9 films – six of them first films - in competition for the Breaking Waves Award. The director of The Long Way Home and Viktoria, the Turkish Alphan Eşeli and the Bulgarian Maya Vitkova both accompany their films to te Hungarian capital. The other foreign member of the jury is Santa Lingeviciute, the artistic director of the Vilnius Film Festival and the head of it is Hungarian film director, János Szász.

There will also be Hungarian works of art at 2014’s Titanic: Erik Novák’s black humoured action-thriller, Black Soup will have its world premier in Titanic, Simon Szabó’s short, the Wall - that won a prize in Tampere - will be screened before the Letters of a Portuguese Nun and Réka Bucsi’s short animation, Symphony no. 42 - that was selected to the competition of Berlinale - will run before Of Men and Horses. Titanic commemorates the recently deceased Miklós Jancsó with a special film selection at Örökmozgó.

A new program of this year’s festival is Coming Soon, a roundtable discussion on 11st April at 5pm at the cafe of Urania where the representatives of the universities with film education will talk through their present situation and possibilities. Titanic’s aim is to organize such professional discussion every year in the future.

Finally the vampire movie of Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive starring Tilda Swinton will close the 21st Titanic.

The full program of the festival can be checked on our website. Between 27th March and 3rd April tickets can be bought at a discounted price of 900 HUF, later for 1100 HUF. From 4th April in case of the purchase of 5 or 10 tickets they will be available for 900 and 800 HUF.


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