Without question, Scandinavia is the most exciting region of today’s European film. Titanic International Film Festival has always paid a special attention to northern films; we were the first to screen Nicolas Winding Refn’s (Drive) earlier works in Hungary, for example.
We proudly announce ‘guest country' of Titanic 2012: Spain. Our section called Spanish Boot focuses on the different facets of Iberian filmmaking, featuring several genres – documentary, drama, comedy – and taking us to various stunning areas of Spain.
Call for submissions for the 19th Titanic International Film Festival opens on 21 October, 2011. Hungary's biggest and most original international film event held between 13 – 21 April, 2012 offers the usual high quality programme and introduces a remarkable innovation.
A funny story was told by the producer, Tobias Tobbell at the Q&A of The Drummond Will. As we learned from the young man, it took them a long time to find the house which is the central character of the film, but it was even more difficult to convince the owner whose ex-wife further complicated the beginning of the shooting.
Extraordinary casting, without roots in Paris - Q&A Thursday
During the Q&A of the Swedish film Savage, the directors, Martin Jern and Emil Larsson revealed that the scary, depressing plot is based on a true story: a double murder committed in a small Swedish town, although most of the characters in the film are fictional.
Titanic International Film Festival, with all its means, joins in for the general support of Japan: on the occasion of the screening of Haru’s Journey, we’re organising a charity together with the Japanese Foundation to help the earthquake victims.
Imaginary teens and vengeful youth – Q&A on Tuesday
The screening of French film Lights Out followed by the Q&A attracted great attention yesterday evening. As an answer to the questions, Fabrice Gobert director told us that the movie is based on his own personal experience: the characters, the story and other details all lead back to an incident that happened in high school when one of his classmates was murdered.
The dark side – Aggression, madness, vampires and zombies
Canadian movie ‘Oliver Sherman’ is screened as part of the EYE ON FILMS project. A veteran tries to recover from his war memories and start a new life by asking for help from his comrade living now in quiet happiness.
Don Giovanni writing emails and conflicts around a house – Q&A-s on Sunday
On April 10th two Q&A-s took place at Titanic. The viewers had the occasion to discuss with the Hungarian filmmakers of Danish-Hungarian opera film Juan, then with the director and main actress of the Czech-Slovakian movie The House.
Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story commemorates the legendary bass guitar-saxophon-drums rock band of the nineties and its front man. The lead vocalist of the Boston based Morphine, Mark Sandman, was one of the most influential musicians of his generation.
Crazy sis, Bergman theme and Norvegian existentialism - Monday
Three instructed turkeys are starring in French movie Pieds nus sur les limaces. But of course the actors are credited for the lifelike, tragicomic drama in which the two sisters as central characters are played by Diane Kruger and Ludivine Sagnier.
Filmmaking in economic crisis, eating meat after the apocalypse and a sympathetic family drama – Q&A-s at Titanic
The audience had the chance to meet Djinn Carrénard, French director of Donoma. During the cheerful conversation the young artist talked about the origins of his film. The shooting started at the very beginning of the economic crisis, so even this unusually low budget movie met difficulties.
Best of Raindance – Our partner festival’s most successful films at Titanic
BBC, known for its high quality productions, has produced a film about the serial killer called “Ipswich ripper” and his five victims. Based on a true story, the fiction features three girls who are drug addicts prostituting themselves in the street until they get killed.
Blocked communication, fragile state of mind, unexpected snap – Saturday
Today we screened the French movie Donoma which presents the new acquaintances of three separate female characters. The first feature of Djinn Carrénard, who incorporates almost every filmmaking function all by himself, promises an exceptional experience through the credible performance of its half-amateur actors. The trailer, mixing a variety of differing styles and visuals can be viewed here.
New section: Extreme Asia – Best of the most bizarre Asian movies at Titanic
First the Japanese Cold Fish on the menu. Everybody dances to the psychopath murderer Murata’s tune: the story is about his strategy to manipulate a Tropical fish monger and force him to collaboration.
Freaked-out veterans, limping rock god and small town girl Marilyn Monroe – Friday
Today’s offer starts with the Canadian movie ’Oliver Sherman’ which is screened as part of the EYE ON FILMS project. The veteran, still under the shock of his war memories, is trying to start a new life and seeks the help of his old comrade living in quiet happiness.
International Professional Initiative launched at this year’s Titanic
Similarly to several famous international film festivals, Titanic, for its 18th edition, also joins the transcontinental professional programme called Eye on Films. This initiative aims at helping the debut of first feature filmmakers, providing them wider attention and acknowledgement on an international scale by reinforcing the cooperation between festivals and local distributors.
It is hard to imagine a Titanic film festival without French selection. Hungary’s biggest international film event cannot lack the most exciting pieces of last year’s French film production. The 18th Titanic International Film Festival, held between 7 – 17 April, 2011, presents daring, provocative, tearful and heartwarming French movies. Not just for Francophones.
The programme of the 18th Titanic International Film Festival held between 7 – 17 April, 2011 features several Hungarian related films: three Hungarian co-productions, a biographical drama written by a scriptwriter of Hungarian origins, and an Irish movie finished in local post-production.
Every film festival aims to simultaneously offer familiar and completely new elements to its audience. The 18th Titanic International Film Festival, held between 7 – 17 April, 2011 presents the usual genres and themes but also introduces a brand new section comprising Irish films. As St. Patrick’s Day is slowly approaching, now we would like to give a foretaste of the exceptionally rich Irish selection.
About the films in competition at 18th Titanic Film Festival
Some of you may still not believe, but Titanic Film Festival will take place this year as well. In response to the thousands of questions and doubtful queries we would like to assure you with regular news that we make every effort to organize the festival, so that between 7th – 17th April, 2011 film connoisseurs can select from a wide range of never else, never again-to-be-seen films. Emphasizing our sympathy for the art cinemas on the verge of closing, Titanic will take place at the traditional venues: Urania National Film Theatre, Toldi Cinema, Örökmozgó Filmmuseum and KINO.
Béla Tarr's last film opens with success at Berlinale
(MTI) – Béla Tarr’s latest film, The Turin Horse drew a full house for its opening night at Berlin International Film Festival. The film was received favourably, the audience rewarded the director with thunderous applause. German critics are praising Tarr’s oeuvre and regard the film rumoured to be his last work as a testament.
In January 2011, internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was sentenced to 6 years in prison and banned from directing and producing films for 20 years. He was convicted of being involved in activities colluding against the regime. The sentence triggered international reproof and several human rights organizations and film boards protested against it. Now the Hungarian audience can also demonstrate their sympathy for Panahi at a special screening organized by CirkoFilm – Másképp Foundation.
Raindance teams up with Budapest’s Titanic Film Festival
The Raindance has formed a partnership with the Titanic Film Festival, Hungary’s foremost international film fest. According to the deal Titanic, running from April 7th to the 17th, will program a selection of Raindance’s famous 99-minute film schools, to be organized by Raindance’s Budapest office, and screen a sidebar showcasing the best films from the last Raindance Film Festival. In turn, Titanic will offer a selection of Hungarian films for next year’s Raindance Film Festival in London, to be held this year from September 28th to October 9th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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-rayformat, 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.
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.
Nordic music and crime stories are the winners of the Titanic
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.