1982 - Yan Nascimbene

9e Internationaal Filmgebeuren van Gent 1982

The 9th edition of the Internationaal Filmgebeuren van Gent moves forward again, and from 1982 onwards takes place in October: from 14 to 24 October. The main festival location will from then on be the Decascoop (now Kinepolis), an innovative cinema complex for its time, which had opened in late 1981 and impressed internationally with its spacious theatres, huge screens and state-of-the-art sound installations. The new location also allows the festival programme to expand to some 100 film titles.

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.