The 25th Titanic International Film Festival, one of the biggest movie events in Hungary offers an exciting and colourful jubilee programme from 4th to 13th April 2018. 47 films from all around the world – from which 9 is in competition - will be shown at 7 Budapest venues. The members of the jury are this year’s best actress in Europe, Alexandra Borbély and Tamás Dobos cinematographer, the chair will be Ferenc Török director.

The festival provides an even more varied selection of the most galvanizing pieces in contemporary cinema than usual. This year the audience can watch 47 films of 34 nations divided into 7 sections – In Competition, Festival Favourites, Persian Pearls, Asian Winds, The Dark Side, American Independents, Titanic Dox – and all films will be screened in original language with Hungarian subtitles except music documentaries and some retrospective shows. The complete Titanic schedule is now available on the festival website 

This year’s festival highlight will be the mysterious Iceland so you can watch – beside a short film selection – Baltasar Kormákur’s The Oath in which the happy life of a successful heart surgeon comes to a crisis when his daughter Anna starts a relationship with a drug dealer. In The Swan a wayward 9-year-old girl, Sól is sent to distant countryside relatives for the summer where nature seems endless, the animals soulful but the people harsh. The documentary Out Of Thin Air is about the case back in 1976 when six juveniles confessed to two brutal murders which they hadn’t committed, and Inside A Volcano tells the story of the golden team of Icelandic football. 

The retrospective screening of Xavier Dolan’s second feature Heartbeats will be a special occasion because the audience can meet its star Monia Chokri who will be one of the guest of the festival. Chinese director Geng Jun’s black comedy Free and Easy won the Special Jury Prize at last year’s Sundance for cinematic visions, and Travis Beard’s – who also will be present at Titanic – music documentary RocKabul follows the carrer of Afghanistan’s first ever heavy metal band District Unknown.

You can also watch movies from Iran, Indonesia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Kazakhstan and Brazil, and the Belgian thriller Let the Corpses Tan or November which is the adaptation of Estonian Andrus Kivirähk’s cult novel.

Before the theatrical release there will be screenings of the Australian drama Sweet Country, a French woman’s thriller Revenge, Árpád Bogdán’s Genesis or the French documentary Faces Places which connects the only female member of the French New Wave Cinema, the 89-year-old Agnès Varda with the 34-year-old French photographer and street-artist JR. 

Here debuts A Ghost Story starring Academy Award winner Casey Affleck and Chloé Zhao’s The Rider which was awarded at Cannes. There will also be screenings of the documentary titled American Valhalla co-directed by the Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme about his musical collaboration with Iggy Pop and the fans of horror can pick unique pieces from this year’s selection too. 

From 4th to 13th April the 25th Titanic International Film Festival awaits for the audience on 7 Budapest venues. Screenings will be held traditionally in Urania National Film Theatre and Toldi but last year’s popular ‘Pop-Up Cinema@ÓdrySzínpad SZFE’ will also be one of the venues. Shows and side events will also be taken place at Kino, the French Institute, Art+ Cinema and Magvető Café. 

Titanic operates as a competition festival since 2005. This year there will be 9 films in competition for the Breaking Waves Award. The members of the jury are this year’s best actress in Europe, Alexandra Borbély and Tamás Dobos cinematographer, and the chair will be Ferenc Török director. The festival is supported by NKA, EMMI, KKM and Budapest Municipality. 

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