08 19 Oct '24
20211012 FFG21 Jeroen Willems 020

Gala & Specials

Experience premieres of hotly anticipated theatrical releases of the coming film year, including new work by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Radu Jude and Todd Haynes, Ken Loach’s last feature, and Celine Song’s acclaimed debut.

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: 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.

Wim De Witte c Bas Bogaerts
“As Film Fest Gent, we are grateful to once again be able to open our festival with a unique film that is certain to gain international acclaim. The choice for 'Holly' as the opening film for our anniversary edition is a logical continuation of Fien Troch's wonderful track record in Ghent. From the selection of two of her first short films, her feature debut 'Someone Else's Happiness' and follow-ups 'Unspoken' and 'Kid', to the award-winning competition film 'Home', Fien Troch has travelled a fine path at FFG with her work. The fact that a talent like Fien will open our 50th edition is the greatest gift we could give each other."
Wim De Witte Programme Director at Film Fest Gent
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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.

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