THIS YEAR’S TITANIC HAS NINE FILMS IN COMPETITION


During the 21th Titanic Festival between 4-12th April the audience can watch films at five venues. Titanic operates as a competiton festival since 2005 and this year it has nine films in competition for the Breaking Waves Award. They come from Norway, Sweden, France, Iceland, Turkey, Bulgaria, Canada, USA and Chile and six of them are debut works. Existential matters, sexuality, social tensions and racial discrimination can be found among this year’s subjects.


Tom at the Farm is the 4th film of the most provoking and daring director in Canada called Xavier Dolan. In this gripping psychological thriller Dolan plays the grief-stricken Tom, who ventures into the bucolic Quebec countryside for his lover’s funeral, only to become a pawn in a sadistic game perpetrated by the deceased’s savage, sexually repressed brother.

In the Chilean director, Alejandro Fernández Almendras’s movie To Kill a Man Jorge is a tranquil, middle-class family man whose neighborhood has become overrun by a fringe class of street thugs. His comparatively fortunate existence makes him the target of their intimidation one night, and a hulking outlaw robs him of his insulin needle. Jorge's teenage son boldly tries to stand up for his father.

Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge but the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl, Jayden throws her into unforeseen confusion. The American director’s short film of the same title won the Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

This year six debut films will have the chance to win the Breaking Waves Award. The Long Way Home from the Turkish Alphan Eşeli is set in the snow-covered mountainscapes of Eastern Anatolia during the battle of Sarikamish in 1915. Starting out with three characters – a refugee mother and daughter and their grizzled guide – the film traces their daunting trek across this barren terrain to safety, with the Russians encroaching and other stragglers, including a pair of wounded Ottoman soldiers, all orbiting the same burnt-out village. The score was composed by the Hungarian musician Mihály Víg.

In the comic drama Of Men and Horses which was Iceland’s submission for the 2014 Academy Awards the thickset, powerful Icelandic horses have as much character and balls as their masters and this can lead to completely absurd scenes. What connects man and beast is at the heart of this unusual feature debut by Benedikt Erlingsson. Both suffer the slings and arrows of love and death alike. Erlingsson, until recently, primarily acted, he featured in, among other things, Lars von Trier's comedy The Boss of It All.

Swedish director Anna Odell attempted to jump off a bridge in Stockholm in 2009. Her suicide attempt turned out to be an art project and the film The Reunion in which Anna Odell, using the unclear line between documentary and fiction filmmaking, explores how bullying and its unspoken co-dependency can be equally destructive, the weight of childhood we carry into our adulthood and how uncomfortable it is to be confronted with other peoples’ perception of yourself.

The French movie Les Apaches is the actor Thierry de Peretti’s first work as a director. It takes place on the island of Corsica where a tension constantly simmers between the wealthy tourists and the lower-class locals. Aziz and his friends aren’t considering any of this when they break into an empty seaside house, looking for some illicit fun. But when the owners arrive for their vacation, there are dire consequences. An atmospheric thriller simmering with adolescent sexuality, the film explores aspects of French culture that the mainstream cinema often ignores. The title refers to the slang term used by Paris police for juvenile delinquents.

In the Bulgarian film Viktoria, dreaming of the West, Boryana is determined not to have a child in communist Bulgaria. Nonetheless, her daughter Viktoria enters the world in 1979, curiously missing a belly button, and is declared the country’s Baby of the Decade. Viktoria’s decade of notoriety comes crashing down with the rest of European communism. Viktoria is both intimate and epic, unfolding a mother-daughter story while also working as a wry, philosophical fable with broad historical scope. A bright talent, filmmaker Maya Vitkova employs a storytelling style that is dramatically compelling, visually inventive, and full of playful figurative devices, metaphors, and ironies.

Also a Norvegian film Blind is about to win the Breaking Waves Award. The world premiere of the film was held in the Sundance in 2014 and is Eskil Vogt’s first direction after he wrote the script of Reprise and Oslo, August 31st. The movie is about the writer Ingrid who became blind. Her life is connected to the lives of Einar and Elin who live opposite to her. They seem to share some of her fears and at one point even her blindness. Ingrid is aware of Einar's and Elin’s sexual desires and Elin is familiar with Ingrid’s preferences.

The final program of the festival can be checked from 27th March on our website.

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