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The 35th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival has officially started

The 35th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival has officially started with the premiere of The Visitor in the six screening rooms of Kinepolis in Ghent and Young@Heart at Vooruit. The three main actors of the film The Visitor namely Richard Jenkins, Danai Gurira and Haaz Sleiman, the International Jury and the actor Woody Harrelson were there! Jenkins received a Joseph Plateau Honorary Award for his career. Woody Harrelson will present this Wednesday his new film Transsiberian. Check out the first pictures

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Four festival films nominated for European Discovery 2008

As part of the European Film Awards, the European Film Academy annually presents the award European Discovery to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film. This year's nominations are Hunger (Steve McQueen), Snow (Aida Begic), Summer Book (Seyfi Teoman) and Tulpan (Sergey Dvortsevoy). These films are also being screened at the Ghent International Film Festival.

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The uncompromising cinema of Cis Bierinckx

He once jotted down the following reminder to himself: "No stars. No happy endings. Only time". The perfect way to describe Cis Bierinckx's selection for A Look Apart. With this quirky programme, film fans get a thought-provoking alternative to the usual commercial blockbusters and mindless action movies that have long plagued the silver screen.

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The Wrestler closes 35th Ghent International Film Festival

With The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky as its closing film, the Ghent Film Festival has netted the Golden Lion winner of its bigger brother Venice. Aronofsky is one of the most original, exciting, emotionally engaging filmmakers to hit the independent arena in recent years.

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Almost Cinema 2008

Vooruit Arts Centre and the Ghent Film Festival join forces for Almost Cinema: a twelve-day programme during which Vooruit presents its unique vision on cinema. Almost Cinema starts where traditional film stops. The featured artists are influenced by the cinematic medium but leave the beaten track, opting for new unknown paths instead.

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The Visitor, opening film of the 35th Ghent Film Festival

The 35ste edition of the Ghent Film Festival opens on 7 October with The Visitor by Tom McCarthy. It is a very warm, humane and at times touching film that critically looks into the immigration politics in the United States. The full programme of the festival will be announced on 24 September.

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Vicky Cristina Barcelo pre opening 35th Ghent International Film Festival

With the very funny and sexy Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the latest film by Woody Allen, the Ghent International Film Festival is proud to have an exceptional and prominent pre-opening film. For Scarlett Johansson it is her third collaboration with Woody Allen; Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are newcomers in Woody's strange world.

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Woody Harrelson presents Transsiberian

The Ghent International Film Festival has just announced that Woody Harrelson will be attending the 35th edition of the festival. The actor, best known for his roles in Cheers, Natural Born Killers, The People vs Larry Flynt and No Country for Old Men, will be in Ghent on Wednesday 15 October to present Transsiberian.

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Ghent Film Festival puts Harold Lloyd in the spotlight

For the 35th edition of the Ghent Film Festival (7-18 October), American silent film actor Harold Lloyd will be back under the spotlight, with an exhibition and a retrospective of newly restored films. The exhibition, co-organised by the Province of East Flanders, will be on view from 10 October to 21 December 2008 at the Carmelite Friary - Provincial Centre of Art and Culture in Ghent. Sue Lloyd, the late actor's granddaughter and manager of his legacy, will be attending the exhibition opening.

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Joseph Plateau Honorary Award for Parkes and MacDonald

Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will be honored with the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award at the upcoming 35th Ghent International Film Festival. This prestigious award will be presented to Parkes and MacDonald at a gala ceremony on October 11th. 3-time Oscar nominee Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have produced or executive produced over 30 films together including Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Awakenings, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Amistad, Terminal, the Men in Black series and the Golden Globe winning adaptation of Stephen Sondeheim's musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

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The Wall Street Journal: Ghent ranked among the top European film festivals

According to the prestigious American business daily, The Wall Street Journal, the Ghent Film Festival is among the top five European film festivals with character, largely due to its particular focus on film music compared with major festivals such as Cannes, Venice and Berlin. This accolade from a newspaper that is also popular in the business world adds to the compliment paid by the film trade magazine Variety when it stated that Ghent was among the fifty "must attend" film festivals worldwide.

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'This Is England' bought for Belgian release by A-Film

Benelux-rights to Ghent competition title This Is England have recently been bought by independent Amsterdam- and Antwerp based distributor A-Film. The film was presented during the previous edition of the Flanders Int'l Film Festival, and was the best scoring (at that time) non-distributed title in the audience poll. The film will get its Belgian release on February 20th, 2008.

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Winners of the European Film Awards 2007

The 20th European Film Award winners were announced at the Arena in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2007. In attendance at the Berlin ceremony were veterans Liv Ullmann, Jeanne Moreau, and Wim Wenders, among others. Actors Emmanuelle Béart and Jan Josef Liefers are hosting the event. Cristian Mungiu's abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days won the European Film Award for best European film.

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Nominations for The European Film Awards 2007

At the Seville Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 20th European Film Awards. The 1,800 EFA Members will now vote for the winners which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony on 1 December in Berlin.

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Die Fälscher wins the 34th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival

Die Fälscher by Stefan Ruzowitzky wins the Grand Prize for Best Film at the 34th Ghent International Film Festival. The international jury, under the chairmanship of Kathleen Turner, announced the winners on Wednesday 17th at the Ghent city hall. After the ceremony Kathleen Turner received a Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award for her career.

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Actor Danny Glover receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Actor and Unicef Ambassador Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, Beloved, Manderlay) received on Monday a Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award for his rich career. Glover came to Ghent to present Bamako, a film the festival showed because of it's partnership with Unicef. Click here to watch a clip of the award ceremony.

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Walter Hill

Western legend Walter Hill received a Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ghent International Film Festival. Jury president Kathleen Turner handed over the award and praised Hill for keeping the western genre alive. Click here to see the video report.

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UPA! Una película argentina!

The craziest festival guests are the Argentinian bunch of UPA! Una película argentina. Belga News Agency talked to director Santiago Giralt, actor Federico Carol and producer Eva Bär. Click here to see the video report.

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Die Fälscher opens festival competition

Die Fälscher, opening film of the festival competition, is one of the highlights of this 34th edition. Belga News Agency talked to director Stefan Ruzowitzky and actor Karl Markovic. Click here to see the interview.

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Filmfestival TV: Kathleen Turner on her presidency of the jury

The actrice Kathleen Turner was the true star on the red carpet yesterday. She will be presiding the international jury of this 34th edition of the Ghent Film Festival. In the coming week, she and her fellow members of the jury will carefully watch and assess the 12 competition films. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 17 October. In this movie, Ms. Turner talks about what she will be paying special attention to when assessing the films.

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Crowded red carpet on the opening night

Yesterday the 34th Ghent Film Festival opened officially under massive media attention. The festival previews on the opening night, Closing the Ring and Die Fälscher, were attended by many prominent guests, amongst whom the President of the Festival Jury Kathleen Turner, director Lord Richard Attenborough and actrice Dolores Chaplin.

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34th edition Flanders International Film Festival Ghent has kicked off!

The 34th edition of the Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent kicks off with the preview of Sicko today. Tomorrow the festival will open officially with two wows: the European première of Closing The Ring, in the presence of director Lord Richard Attenborough and the première of Die Fälscher in the presence of actress Dolores Chaplin, granddaughter of sir Charles Chaplin. The entire jury and its president Mrs. Kathleen Turner will be present on the opening night, along with many other well-known national and international personalities.

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