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Festival concerts at Bar Ingmar

Today Bar Ingmar hosted the first of seven concerts. Following the performance of Paola Marquez and Bart Vervaeck, DJ Ben Glossy Urbain wowed the crowd with a selection of soundtracks. In the next few days, you'll enjoy DJ sets by, among others, Lady Linn, Isolde Lasoen and Teddiedrum.

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Festival loses Iranian film

The Ghent Film Festival is one of the victims of the never-ending tribulations between the Iranian authorities and filmmakers. The Iranian government won't allow the film Absolutely Tame is a Horse to leave the country. The distributor of the film even lost his sales licence. The film is being replaced by Jafar Panahi's This is not a film. The venue and time of the screening remain unchanged.

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Bergman exhibition is a master class

The Ingmar Bergman exhibition, "Truth and Lies" opened on Thursday evening with the press, the authorities and numerous guests in attendance. Curator Kristina Jaspers told us, "It's really a master class in the art of film making", which is why young people should also visit this exhibition. The exhibition aims to paint a picture of the method of this leading Swedish film maker, using scenarios, the director's own notes, costumes from his films, rushes, interviews, etc., allowing visitors to gain an insight into how a film is actually made. An exhibition which is bound to appeal to young people too.

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Suspense during the opening night of the Ghent Film Festival

On 11 October the 38th edition of the Ghent Film Festival kicked off with a spectacular opening night, drawing huge interest from the media and the general public. The red carpet was rolled out at the Kinepolis complex for Tomas Alfredson, Alberto Iglesias and Benedict Cumberbatch, the director, composer and actor respectively of this year's opening film, the thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Meanwhile, the documentary, Magic Trip, about a legendary road trip across the USA, was shown at Arts Centre Vooruit. So there was something for everyone on this opening night making it the ideal kick-off to twelve days of compelling films, amazing concerts and the highlight of the festival, on 22 October 22: the World Soundtrack Awards.

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Q&A with award-winning filmmaker Norman Jewison

Award-winning director and producer Norman Jewison will receive the Joseph Plateau Award at this year's 38th Ghent Film Festival (October 11 - 22) in Ghent, Belgium. The award is presented to those whose achievements have earned them a distinct place in the history of international filmmaking.

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Ghent Film Festival announces programme 38th edition

Today, at restaurant Pakhuis in Ghent, the Ghent Film Festival announced the complete programme of its 38th edition, which runs from 11 to 22 October. Once again it includes over a hundred high-quality films and special events on the fringes of cinema. Highlights are the 11th World Soundtrack Awards, the Maestros of Suspense concert and the exhibition about Ingmar Bergman at the Caermersklooster Provincial Cultural Centre. Star guests this year are the Canadian director Norman Jewison, who will receive a Joseph Plateau Honorary Award, the Italian disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, who will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the French actress Isabelle Huppert, who will present her newest film, Mon Pire Cauchemar (My Worst Nightmare). More than 150 international guests will be attending the festival.

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"Ingmar Bergman: Truth and Lies" exhibition at the Ghent Film Festival

On the initiative of and in collaboration with the Ghent Film Festival, the Province of East Flanders presents "Ingmar Bergman: Truth and Lies". The exhibition, organized by the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills, California, delves into the career and personal life of the legendary Swedish director. It will run from 14 October 2011 to 15 January 2012 in the Caermersklooster - Provincial Cultural Centre in Ghent, Belgium.

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Isabelle Huppert presents her latest film at the Ghent Film Festival

French art-house cinema star, Isabelle Huppert will be in Ghent on October 18th to present her latest film at the Ghent Film Festival. Huppert stars in Mon Pire Cauchemar alongside Belgian national treasure, Benoît Poelvoorde (C'est Arrivé Près de chez Vous, Rien à Déclarer). The director is Anne Fontaine, who previously wrote and directeCoco Avant Chanel as well as writing the script for Atom Egoyan's thriller, Chloe.

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New John le Carré film opens 38th Ghent Film Festival

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a film by the Swedish director Tomas Alfredson, based on John le Carré's bestseller of the same name, will open the 38th Ghent Film Festival on Tuesday 11 October. The spy film got an extremely enthusiastic reception at the recent Venice Film Festival. In the leading roles stars like Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds and Toby Jones shine.

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Launch of pre-sale tickets for the Film Music Masterpieces: Maestros of Suspense

The Ghent Film Festival presents "Maestros of Suspense" at Music Centre De Bijloke on Wednesday 12 October at 8 p.m. This thrilling concert features film music by Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman, who are both inextricably linked with the iconic Alfred Hitchcock, but managed to put the "thrill" in thrillers even without his input. The programme includes, among other pieces, Herrmann's music for Psycho, Vertigo and Taxi Driver, as well as Waxman's music for Rebecca, Rear Window and Sunset Boulevard. The works will be performed by the National Orchestra of Belgium, conducted by Dirk Brossé. Suspense guaranteed!

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Film music city Ghent will present a unique concert in Tallinn on 2 December

On 2 December 2010 the Ghent Film Festival will present in cooperation with the city of Ghent, the province of East Flanders, the Flemish Community and Fluxys a concert in Tallinn featuring film music by Gabriel Yared, Shigeru Umebayashi and Arvo Pärt. The concert will take place on the eve of the European Film Awards in the Estonian capital, which is also the European Capital of Culture 2011 and a twin town of Ghent. Gabriel Yared will attend the concert as guest of honour. Moreover, on 4 December, the European Film Academy as part of the annual presentation of the prestigious European film awards will present him with the European Achievement in World Cinema Award. As usual the excellent musicians of the Brussels Philharmonic - the Orchestra of Flanders are on hand as performers. Dirk Brossé will conduct. The concert will be broadcast on the classical music channel of the Estonian State Radio.

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European Film Academy announces nominees European Film Awards 2010

At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the European Film Awards 2010. The more than 2,300 EFA Members will now vote for the winners which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony on 4 December in Tallinn/Estonia.

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'When We Leave' wins the Port of Ghent Public Choice Award 2010

The German drama When We Leave by Feo Aladag won the Port of Ghent Public Choice Award at the 37th Ghent Film Festival. The film received the highest score from the festival audience (4.67 out of 5). The distributors of the film (ABC Distribution) will receive a distribution bonus of 5,000 euros. On 20 October, the international jury also selected it for the Best Film award. The Canvas Audience Award that is allocated to a film out of a shortlist of five films under the Canvas label, goes to Submarino by Thomas Vinterberg. 2010 is another record-breaking year for the film festival with 132,000 visitors. The increase of 20% in web sales compared to last year is also impressive. The concerts in Kuipke accounted for 6,000 visitors.

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A concert like you've never seen one before

'Intangible States' is an audiovisual performance by post-rock electronica duo Stray Dogs and Swiss video artist Legoman (Yannick Jacquet), known for his work with the AntiVJ collective. His visuals offer more than just a nice setting, and actually interact with the music and the musicians. 'Intangible States' will be a concert like you've never seen one before. Vooruit programmer Wim Wabbes: "The scene on stage is just overwhelming (and also amazing from a technical point of view). The two Stray Dogs are seated between 100 cardboard boxes that are used as tv screens and on which Legoman project images that seem taken from a road movie... It all results in a kaleidoscopic effect" Stray Dogs ft. Legoman - Intangible States Wed 20 Oct postrock / electronica

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Flight restriction for Ghent's honoured guest

Film music composer John Barry deeply regrets his absence from the concert held in his honour at Kuipke in Ghent and expresses his disappointment in a warm-hearted video addressed to the Ghent Film Festival and especially to Jacques Dubrulle and Marian Ponnet.

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Q & A Paul Greengrass on October 14

The British director Paul Greengrass will be receiving a Joseph Plateau Award for career achievement at the Ghent Film Festival. Audiences are most familiar with Greengrass as director of the last two Bourne films and the recent Green Zone, about the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. This is in the same line as his previous films, including United 93, Omagh and Bloody Sunday. They are all films that make no attempt to avoid criticism and they are always politically or socially conscious. During the Q & A on October 14th at 14.00 he will be subjected to critical questions by Knack Focus editor-in-chief, Patrick Duynslaegher.

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Extraordinary Almost Cinema programme starts today

From today onwards Almost Cinema begins, a traditional part of the Ghent Film Festival in and around the Vooruit. Fascinating performances and visual attractions invite spectators to step into a story that looks further than cinema as we know it.

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Film Festival starts in style

Tonight, the 37th edition of the Ghent Film Festival started with a spectacular opening evening. At the Kinepolis complex the red carpet was rolled out for the cast of Hilde Van Mieghem's film Smoorverliefd. She was the first Flemish woman director to have the honour of opening the festival. In the Vooruit Arts Centre, the festival was kicked off with the Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. In other words, there was something for everyone from the first evening onwards. An ideal start to a twelve-day event full of captivating film, sublime concerts and, as the climax on October 23rd, the World Soundtrack Awards.

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Catherine Deneuve on the red carpet at the Ghent Film Festival

The 37th edition of the Ghent Film Festival has not started yet, however it is already expected to be worth remembering. The long list of international guests shall be completed with none other than Catherine Deneuve. On October 16, she will be accompanied by Jérémie Renier and François Ozon to present the latter's new film Potiche. After 8 Femmes, this is her second cooperation with the wonder boy of contemporary French Cinema. The film met high expectations last month at the Venice Film Festival. The Benelux premiere will be at the Ghent Film Festival.

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Ghent Film Festival announces programme for 37th edition

12 October will see the festive opening of the Ghent Film Festival in Kinepolis with the world première of Hilde van Mieghem's Smoorverliefd and in the Vooruit Art Centre the Banksy documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop. The final film in the festival is Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, which won the Golden Lion in the last Venice Festival.

Complete programme and tickets: go here

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Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere' is the closing film of the Ghent Film Festival

The closing film for the 37th edition of the Ghent Film Festival is Somewhere. The film earned director Sofia Coppola the Golden Lion award at the last Venice Film Festival. When The Virgin Suicides was released in 1999, everyone realised that Sofia was a Coppola to be reckoned with. At 40, she has proven with Somewhere that the legendary family legacy is safe for a long time to come.

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Ghent Film Festival opening night in Vooruit features Exit Through The Gift Shop

The opening night of the Ghent Film Festival in Vooruit Arts Centre features the film debut of Banksy, the infamous (and anonymous) British street artist. Works by his hand have been sold at auctions for incredibly high prices (some over £100,000). Stars such as Christina Aguilera are known to be enthusiastic buyers of his work. But his most well known works are out on the streets, for everyone to see: satirical street art and subversive epigrams that combine irreverent dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. That's why he takes great effort to remain anonymous to the public at large. This film is the closest we seem to have gotten to "unmasking Banksy". But would he really want to reveal his identity?

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37th Ghent Film Festival announces opening film Madly in Love

The opening film of the 37th Ghent Film Festival is director Hilde Van Mieghem's new film, Madly In Love. In this romantic comedy Van Mieghem focuses on the turbulent love lives of four women living together, played by Veerle Dobbelaere, Wine Dierickx, Marie Vinck and Aline Van Hulle. Their male counterparts are Koen De Bouw, Koen De Graeve, Kevin Janssens, Jan Decleir and Huub Stapel.

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Ghent Film Festival pays tribute to Tati in an exceptional exhibition

More than 60 years after Jacques Tati's first feature film, the Ghent Film Festival wants to give the French director, actor and comedian a worthy tribute. In order to bring the world of Tati fully to life, the Province of East Flanders is putting on the exhibition 'JACQUES TATI: In Double Quick Time' in the Caermersklooster - Provincial Cultural Centre on the initiative of and in collaboration with the Ghent Film Festival. It will be produced by the Cinemathèque Française in collaboration with Les Films de Mon Oncle. The exhibition will run from 15 October 2010 to 16 January 2011.

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