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The final countdown came to “The End” of the 20th Titanic International Film Festival  March, 13. 2013, at Budapest. Before the  Gala took place had a chance to have a word with Mr. Jiri Menzel at the buffet in the Urania Cinema.  He told me he had a splendid time meeting friends here in Budapest, where he loves to come by once in a while. Seen he was relaxed and as always keeping up with joking. As seen in the slide show having conveniently sitting relaxing his legs. Asked him did he copy this way of  sitting from the americans, he immediately answered with a wide smile, Quote: “NO … the Americans learn this way of sitting from me”. So this  was  just one proof of his great sence of humor. After having a word with him, he and his interpreter went inside the cinema to open the night at the Gala.

In the international jury committee seated the Irish producer Mr. Morgan Bushe “Nothing Personal”, director Mr. Szabolcs Hajdu (Macerás ügyek) Sticky Matters and (Fehér tenyér) White Palms. bibliotheque Pascal and  the president  Mr. Jiri Menzel.

The Australian Oscar Nominee of 2013   took the first prize, the Breaking Waves Award of Ms. Cate Shortland’s “LORE” , along with the 8000 euro which was supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund. Lore will be out here at the cinemas from May, 2. 2013., distributed by Mozinet.

The world-famous Mr. Jiri Menzel personally handed over  a special award to Ms. Mira Fornay – My Dog Killer.

During the Titanic Festival at the end of each screening the viewers received a coupon to vote of their best liked films. So at the end of the festival there was an audience award. The figures showed the thumbs-up, to the community award of the film: Lidice  by Czech director Mr. Petr Nikolaev.

Standing in the second and third place, the awards went out to Matti Kinnunen’s –  Miss Blue Jeans, and the American musical documentary by Mr. Emmett Malloy – Big Easy Express.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter


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 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.

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Update by Aggie Reiter


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Now, at age 75, Dustin Hoffman has  a new added “director” to his resume. His first debut as a directorial with the „QUARTET” is just about to come to our doorstep in  Hungary. After the premier in Great Britain, in the United States of America,  Australia and New Zealand here in Budapest can enjoy the Quartet movie.  Bet Dustin Hoffman enjoyed  every single minute of shooting the film.  Now it’s up to you  to have a carefree time at the Uránia Cinema.

… Now on Thursday, January, 24. the Uránia Cinema address: District , Rákóczi Rd. Budapest will hold its premier.

The movie will be visible with  subtitled  and also come out with synchronous version by the ADS Service Ltd.

In a nutshell … Following the ordinary life at Beecham  retired home, the everyday life comes are over when beside the peaceful tenor, alt and bass  opera singers,  suddenly realize a soprano has moved in the house.

Grievances and affection, sympathy, and defiance alliances are concluded. Onwards and upwards are to arrive on the scene  with the lifelong friends  Billy Connolly, as Wilf and Tom Courtenay, as Reggie, together with Pauline Collins, as Cissy, when Jean Horton, as Maggie Smith arrives and moves into the Beecham House. She is Reggie’s ex-wife. She becomes the fourth and the Quartet is completed. From then-on the plans for this year’s concert start to unravel. As old grudges threaten to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments play havoc with the rehearsal schedule, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest singers in English operatic history under one roof offers no guarantee that the show will go on. BUT … YES the show goes on as a joyous and entertaining film is about to fulfill. Redefining old age and growing old with hope, life and the human spirit dimmed even as the brightest stars start to fade.

Don’t expect to see a boring movie… not at all, especially in the winter season of foggy, hail, snowy, the bruuhaa weather. This movie will take you out of your everyday’s normal  life. Will warm up each-and-every soul at the movie… why(?) cause there are plenty of laughter to come, getting hot-and-cold, giving and taking, all well-known in our everyday lives.

Excellent choice of actors by Dusty Hoffman, such as … Six-time „Oscar” nominee and two-time winner Maggie Smith (The Harry Potter seriesDownton Abbey, Gosford Park). The Double „Oscar” nominee and BAFTA winner Tom Courtenay (The Dresser, Doctor Zhivago, Billy Liar). BAFTA nominee Billy Connolly (Mrs. Brown). The „Oscar” nominee and BAFTA winner Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine). The ” Oliver” Award-winning Sheridan Smith (Legally Blonde, The Musical), last but not least the four-time BAFTA winner Michael Gambon (the Harry Potter series, Gosford Park).

Dustin Hoffman once said, the best directors comes from being former actors. 

(May I add here …yes…  through the past decades of  movies we have seen some superb actors with awesome director skills.)

Dustin Hoffman believes in the actors, as he  once said, “Let them fail, try over-and-over again and all at the end will be perfect. The directors spend quite some time on creating the scene, take, sound spotting, finding the right ankle for the shot, where the placement of the lights should be etc. and when the director feels he/she got what it takes, calls the actors from the waiting room to do their first shot perfectly.  If, the first shot immediately does not come to the need of the director he/she becomes impatient.” These experiences led Hoffman to build a production  from his own acting experiences and  indeed,  holds all it needs to have a grand success.

First-time director Dustin Hoffman is one of the world’s most celebrated actors. He has received seven „Oscar” nominations, winning two Best Actor Awards, for Rain Man and Kramer vs. Kramer, and ten BAFTA nominations as Best Actor, winning four awards, including Best Actor for both Tootsie and Midnight Cowboy. The above list of the films Hoffmann played reflects of  a marvelous talented actor and the most promising newcomer on the scenes since in 1969.

Sir Ronald Harwood CBE is equally celebrated as author, playwright and screenwriter, with three „Oscar” nominations, winning the Best Adapted Screenplay for: The Pianist, and four BAFTA nominations, winning the Best Adapted Screenplay for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly in the year 2008.

The Quartet movie is based on Sir Ronald Harwood’s, stage play of the same title.

Also Sir Harwood’s play, the Quartet, is on the playlist, in Hungarian language with the title: „The Big Four” at the Downtown Theater „Belvárosi Színház”. Furthermore, two more presentations, bonded to the name of Dustin Hoffman is the Rainman and the Kramer kontra Kramer also at the Downtown Theater on their repertoire. Address: District VII. 3/a Károly Blvd. Budapest.

Update  Aggie Reiter