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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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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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'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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