Directors, actors, composers,... everyone is a winner at Film Fest Ghent, Belgium's very own Cannes by the Leie. But now, in a strange role reversal, the festival itself – more specifically the website filmfestival.be - is nominated for an Awwward, one of the highest awards in cyberspace.
The Selfish Giant directed by Clio Barnard was awarded the Grand Prix for Best Film at the 40th edition of Film Fest Gent. This was announced on Wednesday 16 October at Ghent City Hall by the international festival jury, presided by director István Szabó. The other films that were presented with an award were A Touch of Sin by Jia Zhangke (Georges Delerue Prize for Best Music) and the short films Whale Valley by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (winner of the European Short Film Competition – Film Fest Gent’s nomination for the 2014 European Film Awards) and Zinneke (Nationale Loterij Prijs for Best Belgian Student Short) by Rémi Allier. A special mention went to The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh and Harmony Lessons by Emir Baigazin.
Film Fest Gent is joining forces with Poplife to end their anniversary edition with a bang. On Saturday October 19 they’ll organize a dazzling closing party. A great atmosphere and sexy vibes are always guaranteed at Poplife parties, but the match with FFGent and ‘Lovelace’ will make this evening even more special.
Directing duo Scott McGehee and David Siegel personally present their latest movie 'What Maisie Knew', based on the classic avant-garde novel by Henry James. Come on October 10, decide for yourself whether or not the book is better than the movie. The screening will be followed by a director's talk with the duo.
Scott McGehee & David Siegel @ KASKcinema – 10 October – 4.10 p.m.
2.30 p.m.: screening of ‘What Maisie Knew’ at KASKcinema
4.10 p.m.: discussion with the directors Scott McGehee & David Siegel
Screenwriter of Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver', Paul Schrader scores again, though this time as a director. His latest 'The Canyons' was enthusiastically welcomed in the festival world. On October 12, he presents his movie with us and will answer all your questions afterwards.
Paul Schrader @ Kinepolis – 12 October – 4.10 p.m.
2.30 p.m.: screening of ‘The Canyons’ at Kinepolis
4.10 p.m.: discussion with director Paul Schrader
On 11 October, the French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet presents his latest film 'The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet'(3D). This screening will be followed by a discussion led by Jan Temmerman.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet @ Kinepolis – 11 October – 4 p.m.
2.30 p.m.: screening of ‘The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet’ in 3D
4 p.m.: discussion between Jan Temmerman (De Morgen) and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (this discussion will take place in French)
Review the assassination of John F. Kennedy through the eyes of Peter Landesman in 'Parkland', followed by a debate on the current paranoia in America. This panel discussion with Flip De Mey, Björn Soenens, Koen Vidal, Steven De Foer and moderator Patrick Duynslaegher is part of the trail American Paranoia.
Panel American Paranoia @ Kinepolis – 9 October – 4.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.: screening of ‘Parkland’ by Peter Landesman at Kinepolis
4.15 p.m.: panel discussion with Flip De Mey (author of the book ‘Cold Case Kennedy’) and journalists Björn Soenens (VRT), Koen Vidal (De Morgen) and Steven De Foer (De Standaard). The discussion will be moderated by Patrick Duynslaegher (Film Fest Gent).
The Belgian films this year are a showcase for new talents and quirky filmmakers with a highly distinctive approach to the medium. Caroline Strubbe returns to Film Fest Gent with ‘I Am the Same, I Am An Other’, her follow-up to ‘Lost Persons Area’, and two debut films confirm the diversity of the new Flemish films d'auteur: ‘82 Days in April’ by Bart Van den Bempt and ‘Drift’ by Benny Vandendriessche & Dirk Hendrikx. From French-speaking Belgium, we have ‘L’étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps’, the new sophisticated giallo homage by the duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani. We are also screening ‘Stop The Pounding Heart’, a Belgian co-production.
Friday 18 October might not be the last day of the 40th edition of Film Fest Gent, but it is the day on which the closing film will be presented to the festival audience. The honour goes to director Steven Soderbergh, whose Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra will be enjoying its pre-premiere. The screening will be followed by a reception at the VIP tent and an after-party (which is worthy of the king of kitsch) at the pop-up festival café Marty's Bar in the downstairs foyer of Kinepolis Gent.
With the support of A-Film, Film Fest Gent, which will be held from 8 to 19 October this year, is welcoming Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the festival. He will present his film Don Jon on Thursday 17 October at Kinepolis Gent.
Film Fest Gent believes that an opening and closing party alone is not enough for a festival celebrating its 40th anniversary. For this reason, on Saturday 12 October, Kinepolis Gent will be hosting a centrepiece gala evening featuring a pre-premiere of Alfonso Cuarón's outer space thriller ‘Gravity’, which stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
The poster for the 40th Film Fest Gent showcases the programme. Alongside the best films from all corners of the globe and the return of the annual film music seminar, there will be a special anniversary concert. You can also become a friend of Film Fest Gent on our website to benefit from a whole array of advantages.
In 1976 the Belgian graphic designer and pop art artist Guy Peellaert ('34 - '08) designed a poster for the release of Martin Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver'. Peellaert started out as a comic artist but shot to international fame thanks to his record covers for such artists as David Bowie and The Rolling Stones. His book 'Rock Dreams' (co-written with British rock journalist Nic Cohn), truly is a pop art monument full of photo-realistic portraits of various rock icons, of which over a million copies were sold. His poster for 'Taxi Driver' was never used because it was deemed 'not commercial enough' by the studios. The Ghent Film Festival, however, was granted permission by Peellaert's heirs to use it as a campaign image for this year's tribute to Martin Scorsese.
During the 40th Ghent Film Festival (8 - 19 October 2013) the organisers have chosen to focus on the work of Martin Scorsese in various ways, with a major retrospective at the Cultural Provincial Centre Caermersklooster, a symphonic concert at De Bijloke Music Centre Ghent and the release of a CD and an educational project for schools and associations. Make sure you too are in attendance by booking now!
From 11 October 2013 the Ghent Film Festival will pay tribute to Martin Scorsese with a spectacular retrospective at the Provincial centre for culture Caermersklooster. The titles in his impressive filmography evoke a unique world and style, which everyone recognises from the first shot. A world of explosive violence but in which catharsis also has its place, in which crime and punishment are a theme, which is intensely portrayed by an expressionist and his camera. The first major retrospective about Scorsese was largely created based on his private collection in New York, as well as the collections of Robert De Niro and Paul Schrader. Buy your tickets in pre-sale and receive a 10% discount on all your purchases at the exhibition shop.
Film Fest Gent presents a new educational project, an interactive workshop in which pupils in the two last years of secondary education learn to watch the films of Martin Scorsese together with Gerrit Vosters of the non-profit association Filmstof. What makes Scorsese one of the most influential directors in film history, both in terms of content and form? What are recurrent elements in his films and how does he distinguish himself from other directors? The workshop ends with a visit of the exhibition at the Provincial centre for culture Caermersklooster. Participating teachers can visit the exhibition free of charge on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October. Associations and other groups can also book this workshop.