Gala & Specials
Opening Film: Holly
Holly, Fien Troch's fifth feature, is the official opening film of the 50th anniversary edition of Film Fest Gent and will kick off the festival on Tuesday 10 October. The film is an intriguing portrait of a 15-year-old girl named Holly. After she seems to have predicted a deadly school fire, people begin to seek out Holly for consolation. Troch's latest is also a part of the Official Competition of the Venice Film Festival.
Closing Film: The Boy and the Heron
The closing film of the anniversary edition of Film Fest Gent is the long-anticipated new title from Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke, The Red Turtle)! What's more, the film was made by none other than Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki, the man behind beloved animated films like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. The Boy and the Heron was received as a mature, complex masterpiece in Japan. For the first time, Film Fest Gent is making the official award ceremony preceding the closing film and the reception afterwards open to the public.