It is hard to imagine a Titanic film festival without French selection
. Hungary’s biggest international film event cannot lack the most exciting pieces of last year’s French film production. The 18th Titanic International Film Festival
, held between 7 – 17 April, 2011
, presents daring, provocative, tearful and heartwarming French movies. Not just for Francophones.
(Pieds nus sur les limaces
) tells the story of two sisters. Lily is a wildly vivacious young girl, romping through the French countryside with child-like spontaneity and an imaginative mind expressing itself compulsively. Lily is obviously not equipped for living in our society. Her elder sister Clara is a straight and conservative woman living in Paris, having a wealthy husband and a steady job. After the sudden death of their mother, Lily is left on her own, so Clara moves to the countryside to take care of her sister. Fabienne Berthaud
’s film focuses on the cohabitation of the two sisters and exalts the victory of bohemia and freedom over bourgeois ties. The film’s bucolic grace is largely attributable to the lovely performance of the two beautiful leading actresses, Ludivine Sagnier
and Diane Kruger
. Flowers of Evil
(Fleurs du mal
) is a love story between an Iranian girl recently moved to Paris and a French boy during the 2009 demonstrations in Iran. The girl becomes totally obsessed with the current events in her home country mediated through the Internet, so their relationship turns to be cruelly contaminated by history. The background and inspiration to David Dusa
’s debut feature was provided by the social networks and video sharing sites that spread information about the 2009 Iranian events to the whole world. Flowers of Evil
, while telling a touching love story, examines the power of social media as well.
The festival’s French selection is presented with the support of the French Institute Budapest