11 22 oct '22
20211012 FFG21 Jeroen Willems 020

Gala & Specials

A versatile collection of avant-premières of the biggest releases of the upcoming film year, including Golden Bear winners, new films by experienced directors such as Cristian Mungiu and Ulrich Seidl, intriguing debut films and many more.

Gala & Specials?

Film Fest Gent gladly helps you select your favourite films from our programme. Via Sections & Tags you can find out which films suit you best. In the section Gala & Specials you will find the biggest releases for coming film year.

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Opening film

Close by Lukas Dhont

Leo and Remi, 13, have been friends since forever. Until an unthinkable event drives them apart. Filled with incomprehension, Leo approaches Sophie, Remi's mother. Close is a film about friendship and responsibility.

Lukas Dhont's new feature film Close will open the 49th edition of Film Fest Gent on Tuesday 11 October. Close had its world premiere with its screening in the prestigious competition of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2018, Girl, Lukas Dhont's feature debut, opened Film Fest Gent. No other director has opened the festival with both his debut, as his following film.

Wim De Witte c Bas Bogaerts
"It is a privilege to open the festival with this delicate and warm film by Lukas. 'Close' moved us and we can't wait to present the film to the Belgian audience."
Wim De Witte Programme Director at Film Fest Gent

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