09 20 Oct '24
Danny Glover 1994

21e Internationaal Filmfestival van Vlaanderen-Gent 1994

The 21st edition of the Flanders International Film Festival takes places from October 4 until October 15 1994. Taxandria by Belgian filmmaker Raoul Servais is the official opening film, while Robert Zemeckis' Forrest Gump serves as a pre-opener. Closing film is Eat Drink Man Woman by Ang Lee.

The focus programme "The Memory of Film" anticipates the 100th birthday of cinema in 1995. The programma consists of four parts: Before Hollywood, Johan Daisne and the Cinema, 100 Years of European Cinema, and The Piper Heidsieck Classic Film Collection. In the Piper Collection, black-and-white films shot in Cinemascope are screened, such as The Elephant Man (David Lynch) and Forty Guns (Samuel Fuller).

"Johan Daisne and the Cinema" focuses on films both adored and hated by Belgian author and film critic Johan Daisne (such as Der Blaue Engel by Josef von Sternberg and La grande illusion by Jean Renoir). There's also an exhibition on Daisne, showcasing his writings on cinema. Furthermore, the festival organises a walk through the city, stopping by the theatres in Ghent (or remains thereof) that Daisne used to visit.

In "100 Years of European Cinema", film magazine Film en Televisie presents iconic European classics, such as Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot) and Ma nuit chez Maud (Éric Rohmer). "Before Hollywood" offers the opportunity to see American silent films from the period 1895-1915, collected from five different American archives.

Apart from the exhibition on Daisne, there's also the exhibition Disney Animation Art in St. Peter's Abbey and another one focused on Joseph Plateau, after whom the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award is named. This year, Henri Storck, John Hurt and Jean-Claude Petit are recipients of the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award.

As a tie-in with the competition (focused on the impact of music in film), the festival invites composer Fred Karlin for a symposium. Plus, there's a concert dedicated to Georges Delerue, who passed away in 1992.

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