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Flanders IFF Guests and premieres

• David Cronenberg, Viggo Mortensen, Francois Ozon, Jeanne Moreau, and Mike Leigh among the expected guests to attend the 32nd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent. • Festival programme focuses on Russia and Cinema and Activism. Two world premieres, two international premieres and seven European premieres at this year's Film Festival Ghent.

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Festival Film wins Dutch youth price

The Dutch youth film Het Paard van Sinterklaas, that has its Belgian premiere at the Film Festival Ghent, has just won the price for best youth film at the Film festival of Utrecht. The childrens jury said the film was 'funny and moving'.

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Focus on Russia and Activism in the cinema at the 32nd Flanders Int. Filmfestiva

From 11 through 22 October, the spotlight will once again be on Ghent. This is when the 32nd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent is taking place. Special attention will be paid to Russia and recent Russian cinema. Activism in the cinema will also be given a place of honour. The highlight of the latter section is "Fusebox" in the Arts Centre Vooruit, featuring Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine. Other important guests at the 32nd Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent are: David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence), François Ozon and Jeanne Moreau (Le Temps Qui Reste), Mike Leigh and Imelda Staunton, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Victoria Abril and Zbigniew Preisner.

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Merry Christmas to be the opening film of the 32nd Flanders Film Festival

The film Merry Christmas, a tragicomedy based on a true story from World War I, is to be the opening film of the 32nd Flanders international Film Festival - Ghent (11-22 October). This film, a European co-production, will be screened on Tuesday 11 October at the Kinepolis cinema in Ghent in the presence of director Christian Carion, the actrice Diane Krüger and producer Christophe Rossignon.

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The 32nd Film Festival Ghent dedicated to Robert Wise

The 32nd edition of The Flanders International Film Festival will be dedicated to Robert Wise, the Producer-Director of West Side Story and The Sound of Music, who passed away, Wednesday September 14, just after becoming 91. The former President of the Festival's International Jury was a good friend of Jacques Dubrulle, the President and animator of the Festival. In that way the whole team of the festival wanted to share the condolences with the deceased's family and pay this Hollywood giant himself a well deserved tribute.

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And the nominees for the World Soundtrack Awards are...

The World Soundtrack Academy releases the list of nominees for the three principal categories in the World Soundtrack Awards, the most pre-eminent international prizes for the recognition of film music: Soundtrack Composer of the Year, Best Original Soundtrack of the Year - Orchestral and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The names of the winners will be announced in Ghent on Saturday, October 15.

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Peter Vermeersch & Flat Earth Society to accompany The Oyster Princess live

On October 7, 2005, Peter Vermeersch will for the first time perform his new soundtrack for The Oyster Princess, a silent film by legendary filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch. This world premier at the Vooruit Arts Centre is a co-production between the npo Bonk, the Festival of Flanders-Ghent & the Historic Cities, the International Film Festival of Flanders, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Motives Festival Genk, Opéra National de Paris and de Singel.

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32nd Flanders Film Festival focuses on Russia

This year the festival's theme is threefold. It concentrates by tradition on film music, leaving room for two other themes: Russian movies and social commitment in cinema. The latter themes are clearly illustrated by this year's visual: matryoshkas some of which have their eyes wide open while others are blindfolded or gagged.

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Vote now for your favorite score!

Are you a soundtrack and music film fan? Then cast your vote for what you consider the best score of the past 12 months. You can vote for any film released between 1 July, 2004 and 30 June, 2005. Cast your vote on

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Oscar winner to share the stage with Elvis's composers

At the 5th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards Oscar winner Rachel Portman will share the stage with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Elvis Presley's legendary composers and songwriters. Our very own Raymond van het Groenewoud will also provide musical fireworks in Concert Hall "De Bijloke". Finally, Gustavo Santaolalla will also be performing live.

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How to submit a film?

The 32nd Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent is scheduled from 11-22 October 2005. Deadline for submissions is August 10th, 2005.

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Night of Glory and Praise for Gabriel Yared and Cold Mountain at the World So

This Saturday night as a main event of the 31st Flanders International Film Festival , the World Soundtrack Awards , promoting excellence in the art of music, were presented at the Bijloke in Ghent. Night of glitter and gala, where musicians and moviemakers alike are in their most natural environment, that became a real tribute to Gabriel Yared and the music of the movie 'Cold Mountain'.

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Prince protégée in Ghent

The Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent has given a Special World Soundtrack Award to Prince & The Revolution in honour of the twentieth anniversary of their legendary movie Purple Rain. On the same night Sheila E. - the former protégée of Prince - has been awarded with a star in the walk of fame of Kinepolis Ghent.

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Festival's opening film receives standing ovation

The emotional and festive opening of the 31st Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent with the moving film Omagh certainly was a memorable occasion. Both director Pete Travis and the "real" Michael Gallagher and his daughter Cathy received a standing ovation of several minutes from the 2,500 guests.

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'Omagh' will be the opening night film of the 31th Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent. The film about the bloody bomb blast in a busy shopping area of Omagh in North-Ireland, is written by Paul Greengrass and Guy Hibbert. Greengrass also directed 'Bloody Sunday' and 'The Bourne Supremacy'. Pete Travis directed and will introduce his movie at the festival.

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