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Film directors will present in Budapest coming from the United States of America, Ireland, England, Wales, France, Holland, Russia and Slovakia to escort their films and meet the Hungarian audience during the 20th Titanic International Film Festival. The films are running at five cinemas, between April, 5 up to 13. 2013.

Right on the opening day, on Friday, April, 5., 8.45 p.m. the Puskin cinema will be screening the „Silent Ones”. This is the first film of Dutch director Ricky Rijneke, staring two Hungarian actors, Ms. Orsi Tóth and Mr. Roland Rába. After the screening the audience will have the chance to meet the director and the female protagonist.

Saturday, April, 6. at 7 p.m., the audience can watch at the Puskin cinema a city-horror, entitledCitadel” in which a man has been suffering from agoraphobia since his wife was fatally attacked by twisted feral children. After the film the Irish director Ciarán Foy, will be answering the questions coming from the audience. At the same time in Toldi cinema „Shiver” will run in which a young secretary lacking in self-esteem becomes victim of savage killer but, somehow finds courage to fight back and escape. This exciting thriller is based upon the acclaimed novel of Brian Harper. The guest of the screening will be present the director of the film, Julian Richards from Wales.

On Ship A-38 there will be two screenings and Q&As. Saturday and Monday, April, 6 and 8th at 7.30 p.m. meeting  the British director, Eve Wood’s of The Beat Is the Law: Fanfare for the Common People.” Eve Wood’s documentary is a history of the amazing Sheffield music scene, from early 80’s post-punk through the house boom and into Britpop. The film culminates with Pulp’s triumph at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival, where as last-minute replacement headliners, the band delivered the era-defining song Common People.

Sunday, April, 7., at 7 p.m. at the Toldi cinema, one can catch up with the „Shopping Tour” in the presence of the Russian director, Mikhail Brashinsky. In this unique piece a group of Russian tourists go on a shopping tour to the neighboring Finland – only to be attacked by the Finnish cannibals. Mr. Brashinsky had worked as a train conductor en route to Siberia and a waiter in a Turkish restaurant, a DJ on Bourbon Street in New Orleans and a film instructor at several New York universities, so he has a lot to tell to the Hungarian audience. At the same time at Urania Cinema, meet the Hungarian director from Solvakia, Mira Fornay,  will present her subtle film. „My Dog Killer” is about racists and ethnic conflicts in contemporary Europe and partly about wrong choices that, once made, cannot be altered. It is also about chances that appear, only to be missed.

There will be a world-premier on Monday, April, 8., sharp at 9 p.m. at the Toldi cinemaHow to Follow Strangers”, the film of American Chioke Nassor 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. The audience can meet the director on Friday, April, 12., after the 6.30 p.m. screening at Örökmozgó cinema as well.

Wednesday, April, 10., 4.30 p.m. at Puskin cinema, „Fine, Thanks” will run that consists of three main stories, all taking place during the current financial crisis. After the screening the audience can ask questions about his debut from Slovakia-based Hungarian director, Mr. Mátyás Prikler. Finally on Thursday, 11th April, 11., 7 p.m. at the Toldi cinema „Morning Star” will be screened staring Denis Lavant, Iggy Pop and Tchéky Karyo. thereafter, there will be a Q&A with the French director of the film, Sophie Blondy.

As previously mention in my update concerning the 20th Titanic Film Festival  … Budapest, 2013. …

Mr. Morgan Bushe Irish producer, Mr. Szabolcs Hajdú, Hungarian film director and the head of the jury, the world-famous Czech director, Mr. Jiři Menzel will also be in Budapest during Titanic International Film Festival.

Update by Aggie Reiter


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In just a couple of days to come  the 20th jubilee of  the TITANIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL opens its door to the movie lovers.

The TITANIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL operates as a Competition Festival since 2005.

Titanic’s  goal is to give an overall selection of the best contemporary films. This year 60 films will be presented of famous and first-film directors and will also show fascinating films of  less-known regions  as well. 

Between April, 5-13. 2013.

Mr. György Horváth  Titanic Festival – Director,  Mr. Balázs Vizer, program coordinator –  Titanic and invited  H.E. Kevin Dowling  Irish ambassador  to Hungary,  Michal Cerny – Czech Center Director and  Petr Kovarik – Borsodi  Brewery – Managing Director held a press  gathering  to  introduce the forthcoming  9 days  of spectacular films  screened at 5 different  picture palace:  Uránia, Örökmozgó, Toldi, on the A38 ship and for the first time this year at the Puskin cinema. The Irish ambassador honored by his presence and expressed his pleasure to wave the flag and talk about the Irish section a with wide scale of representing  Irish films under the name Emerald Island.

The selection of contemporary Czech movies will be also highlighted  by the presence of the world-famous Czech director Jiři Menzel, who will be the Head of jury. Also sophisticated members will be in  jury’s seat:  Mr. Morgan Bushe, Irish producer (Nothing personal) and Hungarian director, Mr. Szabolcs Hajdu (White Palm,, bibliotheque Pascal).The Staropramen beer  will not be running in the Titanic competition, earned its name already, but will be present to comfort the audience, to enjoy the fine Czech beer throughout the festival, brought by Borsodi  Brewery said Mr. Petr Kovarik.

Another unique option for the movie lovers will be watching the films rolling by with presence of the actual  filmmakers.

Tickets will be out, available at all  picture places  between

March, 28. – April,4.  on discount price  for 900 HUF.

April, 5 -13 the tickets cost 1100 HUF. You can catch up with the detailed program of the festival at the website.


During the 9 days at the Titanic Festival, an overall of 74 films including Hungarian-related features and international premiers will be screened. The two flagships of this year will be the Irish-section presented by Emerald Island corresponding with the Irish EU presidency in 2013. The section will bring throughout 109 minutes featuring six film in the row of 10 outstanding short films and animations as well.  

It includes a horror-comedy staring a sea-monster, a horror from the world of blocks-of-flats, a social drama, a documentary film on the life of the legendary Belfast punk-rock rebel, Terri Holey in „Good Vibrations” by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn. This film was the opening screened this year at Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Tells the story of the legendary, radical Belfast punk-rock rebel, Terri Holey, of the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city and all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it ‘Good Vibrations’. Through it, he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scene and becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life.The audience can also view „Róisín Murphy” from the Moloko band, a horror-comedy staring a sea-monster,  a horror from the world of blocks-of-flats, a social drama. Lenny Abrahamson’s  „What Richard Did”  will run in competition. It tells the fateful story of a gifted and gilded Dublin teenager whose bright future is compromised after a senseless act of violence. There will be 4 further films running in Emerald IslandIn the hilarious horror-comedy, „Grabbersa film by Jon Wright – one day a bizarre sea creature appears on the shore of a small Irish island. It has long tentacles, sharp teeth, and intentions that could not be called friendly. But they have picked the wrong spot to work their evil plans. It may take a lot to rile these Irish islanders but no one is going to mess with their pub! Festival-favourite „Citadel”, directed by Ciarán Foy is a horror too, but with a much darker shade: Tommy Cowley is a man inflicted with chronic since the day his wife was attacked and he was unable to protect her. Living in a council estate from hell, he finds himself terrorized by a gang of twisted feral children, who are intent on taking his baby daughter.  „Keys To The City” is the first film of directors Christopher Brennan, Mel Cannon and Laura Way. In this drama three separate stories meet. Eoin is a businessman who can no longer pay the bills or the mortgage, Paul is a landlord with the banks breathing down his neck and Monika is a Polish cleaner whose minimum wage job is under threat. All three are struggling for survival and forced to increasingly desperate actions in the hope of keeping their lives and families together. A documentary, „Knuckle” is also included in Emerald Island, It is an epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of an Irish Traveller community.  

The Czech Republic comes along with a selection of  five contemporary Czech movies. A multi-award-winning film noir, a first film about sexual awakening, a road movie, an absurd black comedy and a war drama about the Nazi massacre of Lidice.  At least 2 thumbs up to the Czech Republic :1st. to jointly organize with the Hungarian organizers to have the Head of jury’s seat taken by the world-famous Czech Director Jiři Menzel Then the 2nd. thumbs high for the presence and supporter of the well-known Staropramen beer  snacks. Info for those who are thirsty right now … pardon me I can’t be of help for them right now, but need no worry for those who are on the spot at the Uránia Cinema during the festival’s films, so who wants a “Korsó” Hungarian mug of beer may have it, cause after the movie will  get one for free by simply showing their movie tickets. There will be severing alcohol and non-alcohol Staropramen beer.

Another unique option for th e movie lovers will be watching the films roll by with the actual  filmmakers..

The few words about the other international films: the opening film comes along by Paul Thomas  – „Anderson’s The Master”  that shows the unique relationship of a frustrated ex-marine (Joaquin Phoenix) and a charismatic religious leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). The popular Nordic Lights brings six movies „Living In America” shows five independent films. The Dark Side presents nine films, The Music for All gives a selection of the latest festival-favourite documentaries and films related to music. This year’s event brings a new section, The Bright Side that contains six hilarious comedies. The festival proudly presents three international premiers as well: the Dutch Ricky Rijneke’s first feature, „Silent Ones” staring Hungarian Ms. Orsi Tóth and Mr.Roland RábaHow to Follow Strangers” directed by Chioke Nassor and Last Kind Words” from Kevin Barker will debut in Budapest on Titanic. There will be 10 films this year competing for the Breaking Waves Award. French Alyah” staring Pio Marmai  the film of Ukranian Eva Neymann, House with a Turret”, Cate Shortland’s movie, Australia’s Oscar-nominee in 2013Lore”, by Dutch Ricky Rijneke’s first feature, Silent Ones”, the first film of Hungarian Mr. Mátyás Prikler living in Slovakia, Fine, Thanks”, the second movie of Hungarian Ms. Mira Fornay, also from Slovakia, My Dog, Killer”, American Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, 8 Bal” of Finnish Aku Louhimies, the war-movie, In the Fog” from Sergei Loznitsa and Irish Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did”  were selected.

I bet by rolling down here at the end of my herald  news  have already found their film to watch. Now the next step is to grab your tickets to make sure you have your seat.

Update and snaps by  Aggie Reiter