08 19 Oct '24
Arielle Dombasle 1993

20e Internationaal Filmfestival van Vlaanderen-Gent 1993

The 20th edition of the Flanders International Film festival - Ghent (October 14 - 23 , 1993) pays special attention to European cinema. Even more than in previous editions, The International Film Festival wants to emphasise the interaction between music and film as its main theme. That is why the competition “The impact of music on films” features front and centre in the festival programme, followed by a number of non-competing films. The musical films and films on music are presented as a part of the Filmspectrum section.

Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence kicks off the festival. The closing film is Disney's Aladdin by John Musker & Ron Clements. Spielberg's blockbuster Jurassic Park serves as an official pre-opener. Head of the International Jury is filmmaker Robert Wise, to whom an homage is dedicated in the programme.

This year's focus revolves around Mexican cinema, with films from 1936 until 1992. Films by directors such as Jaime Humberto Hermosille, Luis Buñuel and Arturo Ripstein are screened. But also the feature debut Cronos by the then unknown Guillermo Del Toro is part of the focus programme. The focus on Mexico is accompanied by an exhibition - Re-Vision del Cine Mexicano - in Saint Peter's Abbey, where visitors can discover Mexican film history.

There's also a retrospective on European cinema, featuring films by canonical directors such as Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini. The Piper Heidsieck Classic Film Collection, a programma that is organised for the second time, highlights the early work (from the 30s) of Alfred Hitchcock. In Studio Skoop, people can participate in Animathon, an three-day event where they can make their own animation film.

The Grand Prix is awarded to Passion Fish by John Sayles. The Georges Delerue Award goes to Chen Ming-Chang and Zhang Hongda for their music in The Puppetmaster by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Composer Philippe Sarde and director Robert Altman are recipients of Joseph Plateau Honorary Awards.

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