I Am Not A Witch wins at 25th Titanic Film Festival

Rungaro Nyoni’s English satire I Am Not A Witch taking place in Zambia won the Breaking Waves Award at 25th Titanic Film Festival yesterday, Palestinian director Muajad Alajan’s The Reports On Sarah And Saleem got Special Prize. The audience award went to Wes Anderson’s Silver Bear winner animation Isle Of Dogs.


On 13th April in the evening gala of the 25th Titanic In Urania National Film Theatre the jury members - Alexandra Borbély actress, Tamás dobos cinematographer and Ferenc Török director - handed over the Breaking Waves Award for the best film I Am Not A Witch. They said in their justification: „The jury was enchanted by this magical African story that is a shocking tale of 21th century wichcraft, stigmatization and exclusion. The glance of the protagonist girl is unforgettable, the story feels shockingly real whilst it is an impossible absurdity. The picures of the film are beautifully simple, the music is wonderful. It is an unforgettable film.” 

In this English satire that takes place in Zambia the exiled nine-year-old Shula is convicted as witch and transported to a special camp. She must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom. The film will be distributed soon by magyarhangya to Hungarian cinemas. 

Titanic operates as a competition festival since 2005. Beside I Am Not A Witch there were the Norwegian director Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s drama Valley of Shadows, the German Julia Langhof’s first feature LOMO – The Language of Many Others, the Turkish Onur Saylak’s first feature More, the Rumanian director and screenwriter Constantin Popescu’s new work Pororoca, the Iranian born Milad Alami Danish first feature The Charmer, the Palestinian Muajad Alajan’s drama The Reports On Sarah And Saleem, the Dutch Daan Bakker’s comedy Quality Time and Golden Lion winner Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli’s road movie Nico, 1988 in competition for the Breaking Waves Award. 

Palestinian director Muajad Alajan’s The Reports On Sarah And Saleem got Special Prize at Titanic. First time in the history of the festival the jury gave Best Actress and Best Actor Award too, anterior to TRINE DYRNHOLM for Nico, 1988 and latter to BOGDAN DUMITRACE for Pororoca. This year’s audience favourite was Wes Anderson’s Silver Bear winner animation Isle Of Dogs. The film will be distributed to Hungarian cinemas from 3rd May by Fórum Hungary. 

The 25th Titanic International Film Festival screened 47 films of 34 nations from 4th to 13th April 2018 at seven Budapest venues where also eight foreign artist accompanied their films. The closing film Disobedience that is Academy Award winner Sebastián Lelio’s new work can still be watched on Sunday at 20.30 at Urania National Film Theatre.


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