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Ravishing actress Claudia Cardinale adorns the official campaign visual of Film Fest Gent 2017. “We believe she represents the Cinema Italiana we want to celebrate during this edition,” says Patrick Duynslaegher, artistic director of Film Fest Gent. “Coincidentally, she is also the face of the Cannes Film Festival. We had already chosen our campaign visual when Cannes announced theirs. We remain convinced of our choice, because Claudia Cardinale - who was born in Tunisia - embodies the best of Italian cinema with her dark, sensual, southern beauty and her unforgettable performances”.

She has worked with some of the greatest Italian directors: Fellini (Otto e Mezzo), Visconti (Rocco e i suoi fratelli; Il Gattopardo; Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa), Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in the West / C’era una volta in West), Mauro Bolognini (Il Bell’Antonio). Sporadically, she also worked in Hollywood (Circus World by Henry Hathaway; The Pink Panther by Blake Edwards; The Professionals by Richard Brooks), which made her, together with Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigada, one of the greatest international Italian stars from the fifties, sixties and seventies.

Highlighting Italy
In a special selection titled ‘Focus on Italy’ we present the best of the new Italian cinema and look back at the glorious past of one of the most historically important film countries in the world.

Patrick Duynslaegher: “With ‘neorealist cinema’ Italy launched the most influential movement in history. Because of Italy’s incredibly rich and varied film patrimony, we chose to emphasise one important aspect of Italian cinema in the retrospective part of the film festival, which will certainly resonate with modern audiences in these turbulent and uncertain times: the politically charged, socially engaged, but also aesthetically remarkable cinema which flourished mostly in the seventies. Italian cinema was very ideologically motivated, soaked with social commentary and controversy. It put forward the larger questions which still dominate the country: the chasm between North and South, the mafia, corruption, the power of the church, its (unresolved) fascist past, the extremism of left-wing and right-wing parties, terrorism, the ‘strategy of tension’ which was meant to prepare the country for a reactionary coup, the repressive Christian-democratic regime, the disastrous consequences of consumer culture”.

Some titles of films in which one or more of these themes appear: Il Caso Mattei (1972) by Francesco Rosi; Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (1970) by Elio Petri; Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1963) by Luchino Visconti; Il Conformista (1970) and Novecento (1976) by Bernardo Bertolucci; Porcile (1969) by Pier Paolo Pasolini; Una Giornata particolare (1977) by Ettore Scola.

Filmmusic: a jazzy celebration 

This year the World Soundtrack Awards Gala, held on Wednesday October 18th and the Symphonic Jazz Concert, held on Thursday October 19th, both powered by Film Fest Gent, will focus on the incredible influence of jazz music on the art of film scoring from the past and the present. Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé will perform compelling classical and contemporary jazz scores, accompanied by film clips on the big screen. Brussels Jazz Orchestra will join the stage on October 19th.

"In the year that we celebrate the 100th birthday of jazz, how could we not focus on this quintessential American art form at the World Soundtrack Awards?" says artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher. "Especially since the rise of the Jazz Age coincided with the development and worldwide success of another quintessential American art form and entertainment: the movies. Over the years jazz and film have influenced and enriched each other. In our two concerts (World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert and Symphonic Jazz Concert) we bring the best of the great jazz scores from the past and the present. Two concerts you can’t afford to miss if you are a fan of film music, jazz or just plain great music!"

Film Fest Gent - 2017
Film Fest Gent - 1945
Official Selection - In Competition

1945

Film Fest Gent - 2017 Competition for Belgian Student Shorts
Shorts – Competition for Belgian Shorts

2017 Competition for Belgian Student Shorts

Film Fest Gent - 2017 Competition for European Shorts
Shorts – Competition for European Shorts

2017 Competition for European Shorts

Film Fest Gent - 78/52
Artists on Film

78/52

Film Fest Gent - A Ciambra
Official Selection - In Competition

A Ciambra

Film Fest Gent - A Gis
Shorts – Competition for Belgian Shorts

A Gis

Film Fest Gent - Ada, tous les samedis
Shorts – Competition for Belgian Shorts

Ada, tous les samedis

Film Fest Gent - Amori Fragili
Focus on Italian Cinema

Amori Fragili

Film Fest Gent - Anime Nere
Focus on Italian Cinema

Anime Nere

Film Fest Gent - Arábia
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Arábia

Film Fest Gent - Art Cinema OFFoff: To Be Alive!
Film Fest Gent and Vooruit present

Art Cinema OFFoff: To Be Alive!

Film Fest Gent - L'atelier
Gala Premières and special events

L'atelier

Film Fest Gent - Au pays du scalp
Classics

Au pays du scalp

Film Fest Gent - Ava
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Ava

Film Fest Gent - Battle of the Sexes
Gala Premières and special events

Battle of the Sexes

Film Fest Gent - Beach Rats
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Beach Rats

Film Fest Gent - Becoming Cary Grant
Artists on Film

Becoming Cary Grant

Film Fest Gent - Beuys
Artists on Film

Beuys

Film Fest Gent - Blue Silence
Gala Premières and special events

Blue Silence

Film Fest Gent - Borg / McEnroe
Gala Premières and special events

Borg / McEnroe

Film Fest Gent - The Butcher, The Whore and the One-Eyed Man
Official Selection - In Competition

The Butcher, The Whore and the One-Eyed Man

Film Fest Gent - Butterfly Kisses
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Butterfly Kisses

Film Fest Gent - Buurtspion
Gala Premières and special events

Buurtspion

Film Fest Gent - Call Me By Your Name
Official Selection - In Competition

Call Me By Your Name

Film Fest Gent - Charlie en Hannah gaan uit
Gala Premières and special events

Charlie en Hannah gaan uit

Film Fest Gent - Chavela
Sound and Vision

Chavela

Film Fest Gent - Ciao Ciao
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Ciao Ciao

Film Fest Gent - Cinecittà Babilonia
Focus on Italian Cinema

Cinecittà Babilonia

Film Fest Gent - Claire's Camera
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Claire's Camera

Film Fest Gent - Colo
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Colo

Film Fest Gent - Colombi
Shorts - Program of Italian shorts

Colombi

Film Fest Gent - Il colore nascosto delle cose
Focus on Italian Cinema

Il colore nascosto delle cose

Film Fest Gent - Columbus
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Columbus

Film Fest Gent - Cometa
Shorts – Competition for European Shorts

Cometa

Film Fest Gent - Il conformista
Classics

Il conformista

Film Fest Gent - Croisé
Shorts – Competition for Belgian Shorts

Croisé

Film Fest Gent - Cuori Puri
Focus on Italian Cinema

Cuori Puri

Film Fest Gent - Daha
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Daha

Film Fest Gent - Dawn of the Dead
Classics

Dawn of the Dead

Film Fest Gent - Directions
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Directions

Film Fest Gent - Earth: Een Onvergetelijke Dag
Gala Premières and special events

Earth: Een Onvergetelijke Dag

Film Fest Gent - England is Mine
Sound and Vision

England is Mine

Film Fest Gent - Façades
Gala Premières and special events

Façades

Film Fest Gent - La Familia
Official Selection - Global Cinema

La Familia

Film Fest Gent - Felix Kubin plays 'Takt der Arbeit' / Hiele / Nosedrip
Film Fest Gent and Vooruit present

Felix Kubin plays 'Takt der Arbeit' / Hiele / Nosedrip

Film Fest Gent - Final Portrait
Artists on Film

Final Portrait

Film Fest Gent - The Fixer
Official Selection - In Competition

The Fixer

Film Fest Gent - Follow V
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Follow V

Film Fest Gent - Framed
Shorts - Program of Italian shorts

Framed

Film Fest Gent - Fritz Lang
Artists on Film

Fritz Lang

Film Fest Gent - El Futuro Perfecto
Official Selection - Global Cinema

El Futuro Perfecto

Film Fest Gent - Les garçons sauvages
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Les garçons sauvages

Film Fest Gent - Les gardiennes
Gala Premières and special events

Les gardiennes

Film Fest Gent - Gaussian Curve / Visible Cloaks
Film Fest Gent and Vooruit present

Gaussian Curve / Visible Cloaks

Film Fest Gent - Girlhood
Shorts – Competition for Belgian Shorts

Girlhood

Film Fest Gent - Gli asteroidi
Focus on Italian Cinema

Gli asteroidi

Film Fest Gent - God's Own Country
Gala Premières and special events

God's Own Country

Film Fest Gent - Granite
Shorts – Competition for European Shorts

Granite

Film Fest Gent - Greetings From Aleppo
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Greetings From Aleppo

Film Fest Gent - Hitler's Hollywood
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Hitler's Hollywood

Film Fest Gent - Home
Classics

Home

Film Fest Gent - Hostages
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Hostages

Film Fest Gent - I, Tonya
Gala Premières and special events

I, Tonya

Film Fest Gent - Il silenzio
Shorts - Program of Italian shorts

Il silenzio

Film Fest Gent - Indivisibili
Focus on Italian Cinema

Indivisibili

Film Fest Gent - Insyriated
Gala Premières and special events

Insyriated

Film Fest Gent - Italian shorts
Shorts - Program of Italian shorts

Italian shorts

Film Fest Gent - Jane Dog
Shorts – Competition for Belgian Shorts

Jane Dog

Film Fest Gent - Jours de France
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Jours de France

Film Fest Gent - Kékszakállú
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Kékszakállú

Film Fest Gent - The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Official Selection - In Competition

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Film Fest Gent - De kleine vampier
Gala Premières and special events

De kleine vampier

Film Fest Gent - Kutdag
Shorts – Competition for Belgian Shorts

Kutdag

Film Fest Gent - Lake Bodom
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Lake Bodom

Film Fest Gent - The Last Painting
Official Selection - Global Cinema

The Last Painting

Film Fest Gent - The Levelling
Official Selection - Global Cinema

The Levelling

Film Fest Gent - Logan Lucky
Gala Premières and special events

Logan Lucky

Film Fest Gent - A Man of Integrity
Official Selection - In Competition

A Man of Integrity

Film Fest Gent - Mansfield 66/67
Artists on Film

Mansfield 66/67

Film Fest Gent - Marshall
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Marshall

Film Fest Gent - Mary
Shorts – Competition for European Shorts

Mary

Film Fest Gent - Mary Ocher Plays Live Film Score
Film Fest Gent and Vooruit present

Mary Ocher Plays Live Film Score

Film Fest Gent - Metello
Classics

Metello

Film Fest Gent - Mixed Materials
Shorts – Competition for Belgian Shorts

Mixed Materials

Film Fest Gent - Mon amour mon ami
Shorts - Program of Italian shorts

Mon amour mon ami

Film Fest Gent - Monster (episode 1 & 2)
Serial Madness

Monster (episode 1 & 2)

Film Fest Gent - My Generation
Sound and Vision

My Generation

Film Fest Gent - My Second Eye
Shorts – Competition for European Shorts

My Second Eye

Film Fest Gent - Norman
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Norman

Film Fest Gent - La nuit où j'ai nagé
Official Selection - In Competition

La nuit où j'ai nagé

Film Fest Gent - Nyforelsket
Shorts – Competition for European Shorts

Nyforelsket

Film Fest Gent - Oh Lucy!
Gala Premières and special events

Oh Lucy!

Film Fest Gent - On Body and Soul
Gala Premières and special events

On Body and Soul

Film Fest Gent - Ours is a Country of Words
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Ours is a Country of Words

Film Fest Gent - Per una rosa
Shorts - Program of Italian shorts

Per una rosa

Film Fest Gent - Pericle il nero
Focus on Italian Cinema

Pericle il nero

Film Fest Gent - Pokot
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Pokot

Film Fest Gent - Poor Kids
Shorts – Competition for Belgian Shorts

Poor Kids

Film Fest Gent - A Prayer Before Dawn
Gala Premières and special events

A Prayer Before Dawn

Film Fest Gent - El presidente
Gala Premières and special events

El presidente

Film Fest Gent - Professor Marston & The Wonder Women
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women

Film Fest Gent - Rabot
Gala Premières and special events

Rabot

Film Fest Gent - The Reagan Show
Official Selection - Global Cinema

The Reagan Show

Film Fest Gent - Resurrection
Gala Premières and special events

Resurrection

Film Fest Gent - The Rider
Gala Premières and special events

The Rider

Film Fest Gent - Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
Sound and Vision

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Film Fest Gent - Serenitas
Shorts – Competition for Belgian Shorts

Serenitas

Film Fest Gent - The Shape of Water
Gala Premières and special events

The Shape of Water

Film Fest Gent - Sicilian Ghost Story
Focus on Italian Cinema

Sicilian Ghost Story

Film Fest Gent - Solatium
Shorts – Competition for European Shorts

Solatium

Film Fest Gent - Sons of No One
Shorts – Competition for Belgian Shorts

Sons of No One

Film Fest Gent - The Square
Gala Premières and special events

The Square

Film Fest Gent - Suburbicon
Gala Premières and special events

Suburbicon

Film Fest Gent - Ta peau si lisse
Artists on Film

Ta peau si lisse

Film Fest Gent - Talk: Serial Day
Archived

Talk: Serial Day

Film Fest Gent - Tehran Taboo
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Tehran Taboo

Film Fest Gent - La Tenerezza
Focus on Italian Cinema

La Tenerezza

Film Fest Gent - Teorema
Classics

Teorema

Film Fest Gent - Tesnota
Official Selection - In Competition

Tesnota

Film Fest Gent - Thelma
Official Selection - In Competition

Thelma

Film Fest Gent - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Official Selection - In Competition

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Film Fest Gent - Todo Modo
Classics

Todo Modo

Film Fest Gent - Tom of Finland
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Tom of Finland

Film Fest Gent - Tueurs
Gala Premières and special events

Tueurs

Film Fest Gent - Two Irenes
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Two Irenes

Film Fest Gent - L'udienza
Classics

L'udienza

Film Fest Gent - Valparaiso
Shorts - Program of Italian shorts

Valparaiso

Film Fest Gent - Het video essay: tussen denken en doen
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Het video essay: tussen denken en doen

Film Fest Gent - Une vie violente
Official Selection - Global Cinema

Une vie violente

Film Fest Gent - Wonderstruck
Gala Premières and special events

Wonderstruck

Film Fest Gent - You Were Never Really Here
Gala Premières and special events

You Were Never Really Here

Film Fest Gent - Zagros
Official Selection - In Competition

Zagros

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