British director Alan Parker will be presiding over the international jury during the 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent. Alan Parker interspersed his purely British films with bigger American productions, although these were never intended as superficial Hollywood entertainment. “If you haven’t got something to say, I don’t think you should be a film-maker” is his motto. He will talk about his work and of course about cinema with Patrick Duynslaegher
Robert Zemeckis’ forthcoming thriller ‘The Walk’, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, the charismatic high-wire artist who unforgettably traversed the Twin Towers in 1974, will pre-open the 42nd Film Fest Gent (FFGent). In addition to 'The Walk' FFGent will also hold a ‘Back to the Future’ marathon in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Zemeckis’ famous trilogy. Finally the festival will close with the 15th World Soundtrack Awards, including the concert premiere of the film music of 'The Walk' in the presence of its central guest and composer Alan Silvestri.
Film Fest Gent unveils the festival’s official poster featuring British style icon Twiggy in honour of this year’s British focus.
British director Alan Parker will be presiding over the international jury during the 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent (13 - 24 October). Joining him on the jury will be Marjane Satrapi, Caroline Strubbe, Boyd van Hoeij and Franco Lolli.
The Board of Directors of Film Fest Gent has appointed Martijn Bal Managing Director of the film festival in Ghent. He will be assuming his duties officially on 1 October 2015.
The 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent will open on Tuesday October 13th with Robin Pront’s debut film ‘The Ardennes’ starring Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval and Veerle Baetens.
After its successful focus on France last year, Film Fest Gent is to include a British focus as part of its next edition. Following this focus, Film Fest Gent will also celebrate the rich tradition of British film music by organising the concert GREAT BRITISH FILM MUSIC at Music Centre the Bijloke, that will provide an anthology of the work of both classical and contemporary film composers, whom have made a remarkable contribution to the image and success of British cinema.
The Port of Ghent Public Choice Award goes to ‘Pride’ by Matthew Warchus and the Canvas Public Choice Award goes to ‘Il Capitale Umano’ by Paolo Virzì. Raphaël Crombez’ short film ‘Perdition County’ took home the ACE Image Factory Audience Award for Best Belgian Student Short Film.
Part of growing up is about learning how to deal with complex themes such as love and death, about adjusting to your surroundings, and above all about accepting that things don't always go by your standards. In ‘Still the Water,’ we follow the young protagonist Kaito in his coming of age.
On Wednesday the 22nd of October the international jury of Film Fest Gent announced the winners in different competitions.
‘Waste Land’, the third feature by Pieter Van Hees will have his European premiere at the 41st Film Fest Gent
Film Fest Gent proudly welcomes Cliff Martinez, American composer and former drummer of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, to the traditional film music concert during the second part of the World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert on Saturday October 25th
20,000 Days on Earth, a documentary about singer and culture icon Nick Cave by the artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, will have its Belgian premiere at the 41st Film Fest Gent. The surprising and heartfelt film is the second title of the renewed music section Sound and Vision: presented by Spotify.
US author and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis has been named president of the international jury of the 41st Film Fest Gent (14 to 25 October).
Film Fest Gent (14 to 25 October) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s the Tramp with exceptional screenings of two of the greatest classics of Charles Spencer Chaplin: 'The Circus' and 'The Gold Rush'.
On 26 October, the festival will be getting an additional film music event toward its ending with a family concert of the silent film classic 'The Circus' (1928). The film be screened with music composed by Chaplin, performed by a live orchestra led by Music Director Dirk Brosse at Kuipke Gent.
Dirk Brosse: "Leading a silent film is always very exciting. Sometimes I feel like a tightrope walker who suddenly looks down, in this case almost literally. The music that Chaplin composed is compelling and efficacious. It waltzes from comedy to drama and banters from laughter to tears. And as is often the case: melancholy is never far away."
In recognition of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, Film Fest Gent will screen 'The Gold Rush' (1925), in collaboration with OCMW Ghent at City Hall. Each year different organizations from Ghent join forces to honour the victims of poverty, exclusion and violence at the Statue of Human Rights at the St. Peter's Square. Other activities are also organised at Ghent City Hall.
Chaplin’s 'The Circus' presented by Proximus and supported by Ghent University will take place on Sunday, 26 October at Kuipke Gent at 15:00
Tickets are €15 (standard) and €12 (kids under 12) and are available through this link.
On the initiative of and in collaboration with Film Fest Gent, the Province of East Flanders presents a large-scale exhibition about the work of Italy’s most renowned filmmaker Federico Fellini.
Catherine Deneuve in all her glory and in one of her most famous roles. Who better than Deneuve in Belle de Jour (1967) as the incarnation of French cinema as we like it – chic, stylish, reserved, mysterious and a tad naughty?
In conjunction with a major exhibition at the Caermersklooster Provincial Cultural Centre, the 41st edition of Film Fest Gent (14 to 25 October 2014) is shining the spotlight on the world of Federico Fellini with various events. On Thursday 23 October, De Bijloke Music Centre is hosting the concert Rota/Fellini with symphonic music from the director of La Dolce Vita and La Strada, performed by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé.