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Nordic films at the Titanic International Film Festival 2017

About the festival

The Titanic International Film Festival is the largest international film festival in Hungary.

When? 6th – 13th April 2017

Where? Budapest, Hungary

Film Festival Website: http://titanicfilmfest.hu/en

Iceland

Heartstone

Directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Screening in Competition

A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood.

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Norway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssj7-d54kKQ

From the Balcony

Directed by Ole Giæver

Screening in Festival Favourites

A journey through one year in the life of Ole and his family, living in Brochmannsgate 12A, Oslo, Norway, Europe, Earth, Universe. What if you would take a break from the rollercoaster called life and just sit and ask yourself: how did I get here? Do you live alone, with a family, or roommates? In a small village on the countryside or maybe in a big, foreign city? Was this the place you were supposed to be by now? And how do you keep going, even if you know that at some point the sun will burn out and everything around you will be gone forever?

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Sweden

The Giant

Directed by Johannes Nyholm

Screening as the opening film

Rikard is an autistic and severely deformed man who was separated from his mother at birth. Thirty years later he is convinced that he will get her back if only he wins the Scandinavian Championship of pétanque (bocce). He tries to do the impossible. His fragile physique and a harsh judging environment are not going to stop him. Plus there is a 200 foot giant on his side…

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Sami Blood

Directed by Amanda Kernell

Screening in Competition

Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.

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Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.