9e Internationaal Filmgebeuren van Gent 1982
As in previous years, there is a strong commitment to showing "the widest possible range of productions from world cinema". Thus, films from the film countries France, West Germany and the States are included in the film selections, but "lesser-known, but no less productive national cinemas" are also presented such as the Philippines, Poland, the Netherlands and Turkey. Finally, there is also room for short films, experimental films, children's and youth films, music films, films about social, societal and political situations. The opening film is Woody Allen's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and the festival closes with Wim Wenders' Der Stand der Dinge.
Important international film guests that year are Japanese director Midori Kurisaki and French director Léon Desclozeau, who will present his film Mora together with French actor, poet and singer Philippe Léotard.
1982 is also the year in which a collaboration with the Festival of Flanders is initiated, which will only become concrete the following year and will be very influential on the future of the festival.