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26th European Film Awards: 46 Films in EFA Selection 2013

It is with great pleasure that the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announce the titles of the 46 films on this year’s selection list, the list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2013! With 32 European countries represented, the list once again illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.

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'Gravity' in avant-première

Film Fest Gent believes that an opening and closing party alone is not enough for a festival celebrating its 40th anniversary. For this reason, on Saturday 12 October, Kinepolis Gent will be hosting a centrepiece gala evening featuring a pre-premiere of Alfonso Cuarón's outer space thriller ‘Gravity’, which stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.

 

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FFG is 40 years young: a sneak peek at the anniversary edition

The poster for the 40th Film Fest Gent showcases the programme. Alongside the best films from all corners of the globe and the return of the annual film music seminar, there will be a special anniversary concert. You can also become a friend of Film Fest Gent on our website to benefit from a whole array of advantages.

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Film Fest Gent focuses on Scorsese with Guy Peellaert's poster of 'Taxi Driver'

In 1976 the Belgian graphic designer and pop art artist Guy Peellaert ('34 - '08) designed a poster for the release of Martin Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver'. Peellaert started out as a comic artist but shot to international fame thanks to his record covers for such artists as David Bowie and The Rolling Stones. His book 'Rock Dreams' (co-written with British rock journalist Nic Cohn), truly is a pop art monument full of photo-realistic portraits of various rock icons, of which over a million copies were sold. His poster for 'Taxi Driver' was never used because it was deemed 'not commercial enough' by the studios. The Ghent Film Festival, however, was granted permission by Peellaert's heirs to use it as a campaign image for this year's tribute to Martin Scorsese.

During the 40th Ghent Film Festival (8 - 19 October 2013) the organisers have chosen to focus on the work of Martin Scorsese in various ways, with a major retrospective at the Cultural Provincial Centre Caermersklooster, a symphonic concert at De Bijloke Music Centre Ghent and the release of a CD and an educational project for schools and associations. Make sure you too are in attendance by booking now!

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'Martin Scorsese' exhibition - Pre-sale has already started

From 11 October 2013 the Ghent Film Festival will pay tribute to Martin Scorsese with a spectacular retrospective at the Provincial centre for culture Caermersklooster. The titles in his impressive filmography evoke a unique world and style, which everyone recognises from the first shot. A world of explosive violence but in which catharsis also has its place, in which crime and punishment are a theme, which is intensely portrayed by an expressionist and his camera. The first major retrospective about Scorsese was largely created based on his private collection in New York, as well as the collections of Robert De Niro and Paul Schrader. Buy your tickets in pre-sale and receive a 10% discount on all your purchases at the exhibition shop.

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'Martin Scorsese' educational project

Film Fest Gent presents a new educational project, an interactive workshop in which pupils in the two last years of secondary education learn to watch the films of Martin Scorsese together with Gerrit Vosters of the non-profit association Filmstof. What makes Scorsese one of the most influential directors in film history, both in terms of content and form? What are recurrent elements in his films and how does he distinguish himself from other directors? The workshop ends with a visit of the exhibition at the Provincial centre for culture Caermersklooster. Participating teachers can visit the exhibition free of charge on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October. Associations and other groups can also book this workshop.

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Scorsese weekend

All those who wish to visit the 'Martin Scorsese' exhibition after October 19, will enjoy a special rate at the Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof for a charm or deluxe room, including breakfast, the CD 'Scoring for Scorsese' and free entry to the expo. On top of that you are also granted free entry to the wellness center of the hotel. Rates for the charm arrangement are €150 (1 pers.) or €170 (2 pers.). The deluxe arrangement rates are €160 (1 pers.) or €180 (2 pers.). To make your reservation please go to www.sandton.eu/nl/gent.

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'Tabu' wins Grand Prix for Best Film at the 39th Ghent Film Festival

Today, October 17th, director Miguel Gomes' feature film 'Tabu' has won the Grand Prix for Best Film at the 39th Ghent Film Festival. The international festival jury, chaired by Joan Dupont, announced the results of the jury's deliberations at Ghent's town hall. The other films that received awards are Olivier Assayas' feature film, 'Après Mai' (Best Music and Sound Design) and the short films 'As Ondas' by Miguel Fonseca (Best European Short Film) and 'De Naam van de Vader' by Timothy Josha Wennekes (Best Belgian Student Short Film). 'Kid' by Fien Troch received a Special Mention.

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Flagey organizes Festival of the Imaginary

On the occasion of the current exhibition Fables from the 16th century Flemish landscape at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lille, Flagey had the idea to organize its own Festival of the Imaginary that runs from 16 to 28 October 2012. Ten days of concerts, films and concert films around the theme of the imaginary. Let's sum up the most important events:

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Ezra Miller ''We Need To Talk About Kevin') presents new film in Gent

Ezra Miller, the leading actor from the controversial film 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' will present Stephen Chbosky's 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' at the Ghent Film Festival on Thursday October 18. Besides Miller, the film also stars Emma Watson (from the Harry Potter series) , Logan Lerman ('Percy Jackson & The Olympians: the Lightning Thief'). It will be the third time Ezra makes an appearance on the festival, after 'CIty Island' with Andy Garcia in 2009 and 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' with Tilda Swinton in 2011.

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Nicolas Karakatsanis wins Jo Röpcke Award 2012

Nicolas Karakatsanis has won the Jo Röpcke Award 2012. The prize, named after the legendary film critic Jo Röpcke, is awarded annually by the magazine Knack Focus during the Ghent Film Festival and goes to a man or a woman who made a remarkable contribution to the success of the Flemish cinema.

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Romy Schneider brought to live at the Caermersklooster

The space is there, the life-size pictures as well and the costumes are read-to-wear. Only the Viennese waltz is missing to bring Romy Schneider to life on the exhibition dedicated to her. Because you will have the impression she is actually alive after you've seen the letters, film clips and the costumes.

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39th Ghent Film Festival program now online!

The Ghent Film Festival is gearing up for its 39th edition. Curious about what the festival has in store for you? Check out the program online! In order to guide you through the program, we broke it down into several sections and parcours who cluster thematically connected films or films for certain target groups.

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Almost Cinema: another look at cinema

The Almost Cinema festival by Vooruit and the Film Festival Ghent is a favourite on the Vooruit agenda. Central to the event is the twelve-day exhibition at Vooruit which shows a different take on cinema. In the form of projections and installations, artists present their interpretation of cinema. You will also be able to enjoy plenty of unique concerts and performances inspired by cinema. Once again, Almost Cinema will present interesting artists, artworks and performances that provide a refreshing look at a familiar concept.

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Film Sound Seminar with Michel Schöpping

The Film Sound Seminar, annually organized by Film Festival Ghent and the School of Arts (Hogeschool Gent), is proud to welcome Michel Schöpping. A logical choice, cause the Dutch sound designer looms large on this year's program. Martine Huvenne, film music teacher at Hogeschool Gent is once again the curator of the seminar.

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"007 in concert: Flemish talents sing James Bond"

On Thursday 18 and Sunday 21 October the Ghent Film Festival and Belgian TV station, één, are presenting "007 in concert" at 't Kuipke in Ghent. This unique concert will feature Flemish stars and the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé, performing special versions of legendary Bond songs. The concert marks the release of the new James Bond film 'Skyfall' on 26 October, as well as the 50th anniversary of the very first James Bond film 'Dr. No'.

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Romy Schneider exhibition at Caermersklooster as part of Ghent Film Festival

On the initiative of and in collaboration with the Ghent Film Festival, the Province of East Flanders presents the exhibition "Romy Schneider". The exhibition, organised by Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, offers an intimate insight into the career and tragic personal life of this icon of European cinema. It will run from 12 October 2012 to 13 January 2013 at the Caermersklooster - Provincial Cultural Centre.

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'The Broken Circle Breakdown' will open the 39th Ghent Film Festival

On Tuesday 9 October 2012 Felix van Groeningen's fourth feature film, 'The Broken Circle Breakdown', will open the 39th Ghent Film Festival at Kinepolis Ghent. The film is based on the eponymous play by Johan Heldenbergh, who plays the lead in the film production by Menuet, together with actress Veerle Baetens. 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' marks van Groeningen's fourth collaboration with producer Dirk Impens after 'Steve + Sky' (2004), 'Dagen zonder lief (With Friends Like These)' (2007) and 'De helaasheid der dingen (The Misfortunates)' (2009).

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How to enter a film?

The 39th Ghent International Film Festival will once again include the widest possible selection of films from all over the world, mainly focusing on fiction films (feature-length) and, to a lesser extent, European shorts (produced in 2012 with a maximum length of 20 minutes), documentary (mainly film- or music-linked themes) and animated pictures.

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Special promotion: your admission ticket is worth money!

If you're visiting the exhibition 'Ingmar Bergman: Truth and Lies' at the Caermersklooster Provincial Cultural Centre in December or January, you'll get free access to the play 'Herfstsonate' ('Autumn Sonata') in February. This play is an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's eponymous work by Piet Arfeuille, a co-production of Theater Malpertuis and 't ARSENAAL. The main characters are played by Tania Van der Sanden, Ingrid De Vos and Wim Danckaert. The exhibition 'Ingmar Bergman: Truth and Lies' can be visited till 15th January 2012.

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Elena wins Grand Prix for Best Film at the 38th Ghent Film Festival

Today, October 19th, Director Andrei Zvyagintsev's feature film Elena won the Grand Prix for Best Film at the 38th Ghent Film Festival. The international festival jury, chaired by Jessica Woodworth, announced the results of the jury's deliberations at Ghent's town hall. The other films that received awards are Nicolas Provost's feature film, The Invader, (Best Music and sound design) and Pauline Gay's short film, Demain, Ce Sera Bien. Mr Alexander Petrachkov (Consul General of the Russian Federation in Antwerp), Alexander Stebakov (Consul at the Russian Embassy) and Alexey Grigoriev (First Secretary, Cultural Attaché at the Russian Embassy) accepted the award on behalf of Andrei Zvyagintsev.

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Medianeras: a screening for singles only

The screening of Medianeras on Thursday 20 October at 8 p.m. in Kinepolis 9 is reserved for singles only. This film by Gustavo Taretto is no typical Hollywood romantic comedy, but a film for urban singles. StuBru presenter Kirsten Lemaire will provide a short introduction. After the screening, you can soak up the atmosphere and get to know each other at the festival café Bar Ingmar, with music by DJs Gus and Sense & Black. And since singles have to survive on one salary, tickets are exceptionally good value at 6 euro only! Admission only upon presentation of a printout of your Facebook profile showing your status as "single"! Register here!

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John Shank: the farmer who dies

With Blue Bird by Gust Van den Berghe and L'Hiver Dernier by John Shank, the first weekend of the Ghent Film Festival is entirely dedicated to local films. Both directors are incredibly talented; they are masters at using original and innovating imagery. Their scripts are characterised by a unique, pure density. Almost timeless.

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White raven makes film about blue bird

On Saturday 15 October, Belgian director Gust Van den Berghe presented Blue Bird, his film about two African children on a quest to find their lost bird. This is the second part of a trilogy and a follow-up to the successful Little Baby Jesus of Flanders (Dutch title: En waar de sterre bleef stille staan).

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