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Review: 'Waste Land' - Andrew Lapin

The line between seen and unseen threats is a prominent theme in Pieter Van Hees’s 'Waste Land'. What begins with a straight-shooting yet violently impulsive detective’s routine murder investigation quickly jumps down a rabbit hole into dark, trippy cultural mysticism.

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Music @ Film Fest Gent

Music is more than ever represented on the 41st edition of Film Fest Gent. Not only several concerts celebrate the beauty of film music, but also films in the Sound and Vision-section show documentaries, fiction about concerts, musicians and music styles and cross over the boundaries of the classical film genre. And this year’s musical programme promises to make for another fantastic year at Film Fest Gent!

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Nick Cave film 20,000 Days on Earth at Film Fest Gent

20,000 Days on Earth, a documentary about singer and culture icon Nick Cave by the artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, will have its Belgian premiere at the 41st Film Fest Gent. The surprising and heartfelt film is the second title of the renewed music section Sound and Vision: presented by Spotify. 

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Chaplin's The Tramp centennial

Film Fest Gent (14 to 25 October) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s the Tramp with exceptional screenings of two of the greatest classics of Charles Spencer Chaplin: 'The Circus' and 'The Gold Rush'.

On 26 October, the festival will be getting an additional film music event toward its ending with a family concert of the silent film classic 'The Circus' (1928). The film be screened with music composed by Chaplin, performed by a live orchestra led by Music Director Dirk Brosse at Kuipke Gent.

Dirk Brosse: "Leading a silent film is always very exciting. Sometimes I feel like a tightrope walker who suddenly looks down, in this case almost literally. The music that Chaplin composed is compelling and efficacious. It waltzes from comedy to drama and banters from laughter to tears. And as is often the case: melancholy is never far away."

In recognition of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, Film Fest Gent will screen 'The Gold Rush' (1925), in collaboration with OCMW Ghent at City Hall. Each year different organizations from Ghent join forces to honour the victims of poverty, exclusion and violence at the Statue  of Human Rights at the St. Peter's Square. Other activities are also organised at Ghent City Hall.

Chaplin’s 'The Circus' presented by Proximus and supported by Ghent University will take place on Sunday, 26 October at Kuipke Gent at 15:00
Tickets are €15 (standard) and €12 (kids under 12) and are available through this link.

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The Loft opens 41st Film Fest Gent

The 41st edition of Film Fest Gent will open on Tuesday 14, October with 'The Loft': Erik Van Looy’s long-awaited American remake of the phenomenal success Loft by Bart De Pauw and Erik Van Looy.

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Concert: Rota/Fellini

In conjunction with a major exhibition at the Caermersklooster Provincial Cultural Centre, the 41st edition of Film Fest Gent (14 to 25 October 2014) is shining the spotlight on the world of Federico Fellini with various events. On Thursday 23 October, De Bijloke Music Centre is hosting the concert Rota/Fellini with symphonic music from the director of La Dolce Vita and La Strada, performed by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé.

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Focus on France at the 41st edition of Film Fest Gent

The 41st edition of Film Fest Gent (14-25 October 2014) is focusing on French cinema. The annually recurring sections will be complemented by a separate one-off section dedicated to recent French films (as was the case last year with American Independent Cinema). However, this doesn’t mean that French films won’t also feature in the other festival sections (Competition, Galas & Previews, Classics, Out of the Box and Artists on Film). French directors and actors have been invited to present their latest films to the festival audience. The programme also includes debates, Q&As, director talks and meetings with French film professionals. We are collaborating closely with UniFrance and, of course, with Belgian distributors for the development of the programme and the invitation of talented French film professionals. Click here for additional info.

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The Selfish Giant by Clio Barnard wins Grand Prix for Best Film at the 40th Film Fest Gent!

The Selfish Giant directed by Clio Barnard was awarded the Grand Prix for Best Film at the 40th edition of Film Fest Gent. This was announced on Wednesday 16 October at Ghent City Hall by the international festival jury, presided by director István Szabó. The other films that were presented with an award were A Touch of Sin by Jia Zhangke (Georges Delerue Prize for Best Music) and the short films Whale Valley by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (winner of the European Short Film Competition – Film Fest Gent’s nomination for the 2014 European Film Awards) and Zinneke (Nationale Loterij Prijs for Best Belgian Student Short) by Rémi Allier. A special mention went to The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh and Harmony Lessons by Emir Baigazin.

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Lovelace closing party Film Fest Gent

Film Fest Gent is joining forces with Poplife to end their anniversary edition with a bang. On Saturday October 19 they’ll organize a dazzling closing party. A great atmosphere and sexy vibes are always guaranteed at Poplife parties, but the match with FFGent and ‘Lovelace’ will make this evening even more special.

 

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Thursday 10 October: Scott McGehee & David Siegel

Directing duo Scott McGehee and David Siegel personally present their latest movie 'What Maisie Knew', based on the classic avant-garde novel by Henry James. Come on October 10, decide for yourself whether or not the book is better than the movie. The screening will be followed by a director's talk with the duo.

Scott McGehee & David Siegel @ KASKcinema – 10 October – 4.10 p.m.
2.30 p.m.: screening of ‘What Maisie Knew’ at KASKcinema
4.10 p.m.: discussion with the directors Scott McGehee & David Siegel

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Saturday 12 October: Director's Talk Paul Schrader

Screenwriter of Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver', Paul Schrader scores again, though this time as a director. His latest 'The Canyons' was enthusiastically welcomed in the festival world. On October 12, he presents his movie with us and will answer all your questions afterwards.

Paul Schrader @ Kinepolis – 12 October – 4.10 p.m.
2.30 p.m.: screening of ‘The Canyons’ at Kinepolis
4.10 p.m.: discussion with director Paul Schrader

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Friday 11 October: Director's Talk Jean-Pierre Jeunet

On 11 October, the French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet presents his latest film 'The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet'(3D). This screening will be followed by a discussion led by Jan Temmerman.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet @ Kinepolis – 11 October – 4 p.m.
2.30 p.m.: screening of ‘The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet’ in 3D
4 p.m.: discussion between Jan Temmerman (De Morgen) and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (this discussion will take place in French)

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Wednesday 9 October: Panel American Paranoia

Review the assassination of John F. Kennedy through the eyes of Peter Landesman in 'Parkland', followed by a debate on the current paranoia in America. This panel discussion with Flip De Mey, Björn Soenens, Koen Vidal, Steven De Foer and moderator Patrick Duynslaegher is part of the trail American Paranoia.

Panel American Paranoia @ Kinepolis – 9 October – 4.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.: screening of ‘Parkland’ by Peter Landesman at Kinepolis
4.15 p.m.: panel discussion with Flip De Mey (author of the book ‘Cold Case Kennedy’) and journalists Björn Soenens (VRT), Koen Vidal (De Morgen) and Steven De Foer (De Standaard). The discussion will be moderated by Patrick Duynslaegher (Film Fest Gent).

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Belgian Films at Film Fest Gent

The Belgian films this year are a showcase for new talents and quirky filmmakers with a highly distinctive approach to the medium. Caroline Strubbe returns to Film Fest Gent with ‘I Am the Same, I Am An Other’, her follow-up to ‘Lost Persons Area’, and two debut films confirm the diversity of the new Flemish films d'auteur: ‘82 Days in April’ by Bart Van den Bempt and ‘Drift’ by Benny Vandendriessche & Dirk Hendrikx. From French-speaking Belgium, we have ‘L’étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps’, the new sophisticated giallo homage by the duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani. We are also screening ‘Stop The Pounding Heart’, a Belgian co-production.

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Behind the Candelabra is the closing film at the 40th Film Fest Gent

Friday 18 October might not be the last day of the 40th edition of Film Fest Gent, but it is the day on which the closing film will be presented to the festival audience. The honour goes to director Steven Soderbergh, whose Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra will be enjoying its pre-premiere. The screening will be followed by a reception at the VIP tent and an after-party (which is worthy of the king of kitsch) at the pop-up festival café Marty's Bar in the downstairs foyer of Kinepolis Gent.

 

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