The awards of the 23rd Titanic Film Festival

The Breaking Waves Award was given to Canadian film director Philippe Lesage for his film The Demons (Les Démons). The Jury gave a Special Mention for French–Spanish–Belgian coproduction Evolution.


The winner of the Breaking Waves Award – The Demons

The decision of the Titanic’s Jury was announced on Friday evening, at the gala ceremony organised in the great hall of the spectacular Uránia National Film Theatre in the heart of Budapest. The members of the Jury were Hrönn Marinósdóttir, director of the Reykjavík International Film Festival, and Hungarian film directors Gábor Reisz and Károly Ujj Mészáros

The Breaking Waves Award was given to Canadian film director Philippe Lesage for his film The Demons (Les Démons), “for the outstanding unity of content and form, done in a very restrained, sophisticated and disciplined manner describing the evolution of a young and sensitive hero trying to comprehend the complex and unhealthy world of adults”.

The director, Philippe Lesage thanked the Jury and the audience in a video message sent from Buenos Aires, where he is currently participating at a film festival.

The Demons – synopsis: While Montreal is in the throes of a string of kidnappings targeting young boys, ten­-year-­old Felix is finishing his school year in the seemingly quiet suburb where he lives. A sensitive boy with a vivid imagination, Felix is afraid of everything. Little by little, his imaginary demons begin to mirror those of the truly disturbing world around him.

The Demons had three screenings at Titanic. There are no news of the film’s theatrical release in Hungary. 

Special mention – Evolution

The Jury gave a Special Mention for French–Spanish–Belgian coproduction Evolution, directed by Lucile Hadžihalilović, “for its painful and inevitable theme that is told with a very strong and straighforward dramaturgy, using beautifully photographed, powerful, and stylish images”.

Evolution – synopsis: 10-­year-­old Nicolas lives with his mother on a remote island, in a village inhabited solely by women and young boys. In a hospital overlooking the ocean, all the boys are subjected to a strange medical treatment. Only Nicolas questions what is happening around him. He senses that his mother is lying to him, and is determined to find out what she does with the other women at night, on the beach. What he discovers is the beginning of a nightmare into which he is helplessly drawn. But in Stella, a young nurse at the hospital, Nicolas finds an unexpected ally.

Evolution had two screenings at Titanic. There are no news of the film’s theatrical release in Hungary. 


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