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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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.
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.
With the support of A-Film, Film Fest Gent, which will be held from 8 to 19 October this year, is welcoming Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the festival. He will present his film Don Jon on Thursday 17 October at Kinepolis Gent.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.