The 10th Titanic Budapest Film Festival came to an end on Sunday night with a special screening of Atom Egoyan's Ararat.
Although the director could not be present at the screening he did send a letter saying 'I am proud and honoured that you have chosen to close your festival with this deeply personal film'. The film's makers were represented by producer Robert Lantos, of Hungarian origin, who confessed that the idea to make Ararat was born on a flight between Budapest and Canada thus it has some Hungarian roots.
While Titanic is a non-competitive festival both critics and audience voted for their favourites. The critics chose a Danish production, Lone Scherfig's Italian For Beginners, followed by American director Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko and a Russian film, Alexander Rogozhkin's Cuckoo. The audience's favourite was the Hungarian Oscar candidate, Hukkle by Gyorgy Palfi, followed by David Cronenberg's Spider and Donnie Darko.
The festival featured over a hundred screenings for the public and achieved a total of more than 20,000 admissions.