HERE WE GO … WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 20TH TITANIC FILM FESTIVAL – BUDAPEST!

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NOT TO BE MISSED … HERE IS A QUICKY … A SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT AMERICAN MOVIES!

 The section  goes off with the title  …  “Living In America” which includes five features and one of them is  “How to Follow Strangers” at its world premiere. After its screenings the   director, Chioke Nassor. Story in brief … In the section the drama of a single mother with two teenage sons will run, a musical comedy, the story of a teenage girl who is in love with her brother and that of a female alcoholic school teacher. Until April, 13 when the festival comes to an end, there is still a chance to catch up with all the films of the in the section of  “Living In America”. 

“A Little Closer”  from  Matthew Petock is his first feature which is situated in his birthplace, Richmond, Virginia. Sheryl, a single mother, is desperately looking for a new man who can be a father to her two sons. She goes to a weekly dating evening in the hope of meeting her dream prince while her eldest son, Marc (16) is still a virgin and gets sexual advice from an older boy. The younger son, Stephen (12) falls in love with the teacher everybody hates. The family members have similar problems, but that does not bring them closer together – Petock cleverly makes the distance between them tangible.

The world-premier of the drama “How to Follow Strangers” is at the 20th Titanic Festival. This first feature of his has two interconnected stories, the first of which is inspired by a true account of a woman who died in her Manhattan apartment and remained there a year before her body was found, decomposing in a crisp Chanel suit.A young man in the film named Casey, becomes so obsessed with this urban tragedy that he fakes his own disappearance, wondering if anyone will notice. The second storyline begins when Ellie, a young woman who sees Casey everyday as part of her regular commute actually does notice that he goes missing. The audience can meet Chioke Nassor, the director of this remarkable film on 12nd April after the 6.30 p.m. screening at the Örökmozgó  and Filmmúzeum cinemas.

The third film of the section is a comedy directed by Gary King,  “How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song” is about an immensely skilled songwriter, Joe who scrapes together a living while waiting for that one perfect moment to step into the spotlight. When opportunity comes knocking, Joe leaps at the chance to write the songbook for an off-Broadway show. Inspiration comes in the form of Summer, an aspiring actress with an incredible voice that Joe thinks would be perfect for the lead, but this leads to private life conflicts. Director Gary King, who also wrote the film, opts to eschew spectacular dance numbers and elaborate costumes in favor of a more intimate, character-driven narrative.

The “Unspeakable Act” deals with the controversial theme of incest within a close-knit, yet strangely detached family dynamic. Director Dan Sallitt’s film relies far more on the strength of its character development than it does on gaudy sensationalism to push home his message. Jackie is a 17 old average teenage girl, filled with new emotions and fresh doubts about the world in which she lives. But she also carries a secret: she’s deeply in love with her brother Matthew. Matthew, who doesn’t share Jackie’s feelings. He’s heading off to college and has finally met his first girlfriend.

The dramedy “Smashed” is directed by James Ponsoldt was awarded a Special Jury Prize at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. When we first meet functioning alcoholic Kate Hannah, she’s already close to rock bottom. She takes a shot of whiskey to brace herself for a day of teaching first grade. When she vomits at school, a student asks if she’s pregnant. Desperate to disguise her hangover, she lies and says she is. It’s a deception that could cost her career, but also can save her life. Ponsoldt’s Smashed traces its heroine’s downward spiral – from smoking crack in a drunken lapse of judgment to an outrageous episode in a convenience store – with insight, daring and profound empathy.

Roll over to the titanicfilmfest.hu to see  the  firther information of the  full program.

Update by Aggie Reiter

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris on 11/04/2013 at 09:14

    Gee…Some pretty heavy storylines in this group of movies, sounds very intriguing, are they for general international release ?????

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