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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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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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UNICEF ambassador Danny Glover at 34th Film Festival Ghent

Actor Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, Beloved, Manderlay) will attend the upcoming Film Festival Ghent (9-20 October) as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The Film Festival Ghent is one of the 'Events for UNICEF', which support the children's fund structurally. Glover, who is going to introduce the film Bamako, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his entire career.

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Triple movie kick off for 34th Ghent International Film Festival

The 34th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival kicks off on Tuesday October 9 featuring not one but 3 movies. Closing the Ring, a very strong European première opens the section Festival Previews in the presence of Lord Richard Attenborough. The same evening the competition is launched with Die Fälscher by Stefan Ruzowsky and in Vooruit the section Almost Cinema is opened with the movie Sand & Sorrow, a documentary about the Darfur genocide.

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Darfur documentary will open Almost Cinema

Almost Cinema spends twelve days on the border between film, media art and music. This joint project between Vooruit Arts Centre & Ghent Film Festival will start on October 9 with the screening of Sand & Sorrow on Darfur, followed by a concert with Sudanese refugee singer Rasha.

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Director Walter Hill to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award

Award-winning director Walter Hill will receive the prestigious Joseph Plateau Award at the upcoming Flanders International Film Festival. The Joseph Plateau Life Time Achievement Award, considered the festival's highest honor, recognizes Hill's achievement in Filmmaking as a writer, director and producer, and will be presented during the 34th edition of the festival in Ghent, Belgium (October 9th - 20th).

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Ghent fest releases new film music CD series 'For the Record'

For the Record: Craig Armstrong is the Ghent Film Festival's first album in a new series of film music CDs. The CD compiles the Scottish composer's best film music with recordings by the Flemish Radio Orchestra and Choir. The aim is to launch one album each year for a composer connected to the Ghent Film Festival.

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Mychael Danna, Harry Gregson-Williams and Jef Neve to star at WSA

The 7th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards on 20th October 2007 promises once again to be an event for lovers of film music. World-class film music composers will come to Ghent for the presentation of the World Soundtrack Awards and concert, with music from Mychael Danna, Harry Gregson-Williams and Jef Neve being the highlight.

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And the nominees for the World Soundtrack Awards are...

The World Soundtrack Academy releases the list of nominees for the three principal categories in the World Soundtrack Awards, the most pre-eminent international prizes for the recognition of film music: Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The names of the winners will be announced on Saturday, October 20 on the closing evening of the Ghent International Film Festival.

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34th Ghent Film Festival focuses on Argentina and film music

The 34th Ghent Film Festival is being held from 9 to 20 October this year, and its focus on film music will be even greater than ever. This year's programme includes a concert with Alberto Iglesias, who has been composing music for films by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar for many years; the seventh World Soundtrack Awards; and a concert with Argentinean composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the multiple Oscar winner, and his Bajofondo Tango Club. Santaolalla will help sharpen the festival's focus on contemporary Argentinean cinema in terms of music.

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Vote now for last year's best score!

Are you a soundtrack and film music fan? Then cast your vote for what you consider the best score of the past 12 months. You can vote for any film released between 1 July, 2006 and 30 June, 2007. The score that gets the highest number of votes will receive the Public Choice Award at the World Soundtrack Awards (WSA), the world's most important awards for film music, in Ghent on Sat 20 October.

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Three days of film music mania!

This year all the music events at the Ghent International Film Festival are concentrated in a three day span, which makes it easier for film music fans to attend these events. Film music aficionados are already looking forward to the 7th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards. Each year the elite of film music composers attends the ceremony and the subsequent concert to celebrate film music in all its aspects.

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Call for entries: Submit your film now!

If you want to submit a film for the festival's 34th edition (9-20 October 2007) programme please send a screener together with an entry form and some brief info over the film and its makers before August 1st, 2007 to our offices!

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German composer Raben dies

Peer Raben, a regular collaborator of director R.W Fassbinder and strong presence in European film music, has died at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer. The German-born composer scored dozens of films for the German auteur, with whom he started the 'Ensembles Antiteater' in Munich in 1970, including Lola, Querelle and Die Venusfalle. Other films have included 2046, Bismarck and Kontakt.

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