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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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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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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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