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The FNAC Public Prize goes to When The Road Bends

The documentary When The Road Bends by Jasmine Dellal has won the FNAC Public Prize at the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival. The film scored 4,65 on a scale of 5 and takes home a distribution premium of 5.000 euros, intended to promote the release of the winning film.

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Ten Canoes wins the 33rd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival

Ten Canoes by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr has won the Grand Prize for Best Film at the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent. The international jury, under the chairmanship of Jan Harlan, announced the winner on Saturday evening. The ceremony was followed by a screening of the closing film Black Book in the presence of director Paul Verhoeven. The Festival was closed in style with a masked ball at Arts Centre Vooruit.

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Alberto Iglesias Best Composer 2006

Alberto Iglesias is the big winner of the World Soundtrack Awards 2006. He won both the Award of Soundtrack Composer of the Year and Best Original Soundtrack of the year with the music he wrote for The Constant Gardener. The prestigious film music awards were presented during the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival Ghent on Saturday October 14 for the sixth time running.

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Tom Tykwer, Paul Verhoeven and Darren Aronofsky to attend Flanders Fest

The Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent is proud to announce that the following guests will attend the 33rd edition of the Festival: Tom Tykwer, who will open the Festival's Competition with Perfume: The Story of a Murderer on October 11, Paul Verhoeven, director of the closing film Black Book, and Darren Aronofsky, one of Hollywood's most original filmmakers who will be presenting The Fountain in Ghent. They complete the Festival's guest list of over 150 people, bringing a wide range of film talent to Ghent.

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Stanley Kubrick exhibition takes a splendid start

On Wednesday 4th the prestigious Kubrick exhibition in the Caermersklooster was officially opened in the presence of Mrs. Christiane Kubrick, Kubrick's producer Jan Harlan, set designer Sir Ken Adam and many other prominent figures. Until January 2007 you can have a look behind the screens of Eyes Wide Shut, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Lolita and other milestones in the history of film. After the successful venues in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Melbourne, Ghent has been granted the exclusive opportunity to host this unique exhibition in the Benelux.

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33rd Flanders Film Festival - Ghent focuses on Stanley Kubrick

With 169 feature-length films and 65 short films, collectively good for 19,468 minutes of cinema and 596 screenings spread over 14 days, Ghent will once again be transformed into the City of Film during the period of October 11 through October 21. The 33rd edition of the Flanders Film Festival - Ghent focuses on film legend Stanley Kubrick, pays homage to Belgian-French director Agnès Varda, and draws more than 150 talented guests from the world of film to the Flemish city.

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Special screening for the blind and partially sighted at Flanders Film Festival

In a first for Flanders, the International Film Festival - Ghent in conjunction with the non-profit association "De Vrienden der Blinden" is organising a film showing on October 17 for the blind and partially sighted. The film that has been selected is Erik van Looy's The Alzheimer Case, with commentary provided by Herbert Bruynseels. People with a visual disability too will therefore have the chance for once to enjoy an evening at the pictures!

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Perfume Official Opening Film Competition

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Tom Tykwer (Lola Rennt, Heaven) will open the competition of the 33rd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent on Wednesday October 11. This film is based on Patrick Süskind's best-selling novel of the same title from 1985, of which more than 15 million copies have been sold worldwide. The film attracted no fewer than 250,000 film lovers to the cinemas when it premiered in Germany.

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An Evening with Stanley Kubrick

On the occasion of the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition in the Caermersklooster and the retrospective that will be shown at the Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent, the festival will be holding 'An Evening with Stanley Kubrick'. Patrick Duynslaegher, editor in chief of Focus Knack, will be talking to Jan Harlan, producer of Stanley Kubrick's last four films, and author Michel Ciment, who wrote Kubrick's biography.

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Gale Force 10 official opening film of Festival Previews

Gale Force 10, the new Flemish film by Hans Herbots, will have its world premiere on Friday, October 6 on the eve of the 33rd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent. Gale Force 10 will be the official opening film of the Festival Previews section. The opening itself promises to be an impressive spectacle, thanks to the cooperation of the 40th Sea King squadron.

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And the nominees for the World Soundtrack Awards are...

The World Soundtrack Academy releases the list of nominees for the three principal categories in the World Soundtrack Awards, the most pre-eminent international prizes for the recognition of film music: Soundtrack Composer of the Year, Best Original Soundtrack of the Year - Orchestral and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The names of the winners will be announced in Ghent on Saturday, October 14.

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33rd Flanders International Film Festival focuses on Stanley Kubrick

From October 11 to 21 inclusive, all spotlights will once again be on Ghent for the 33rd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival. This year the festival is focussing on Stanley Kubrick with an exhibition, a complete retrospective and a film concert. Also not to be missed are the Craig Armstrong film concert, the sixth edition of the World Soundtrack Awards and a tribute to Agnes Varda.

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Craig Armstrong performs award-winning film music in Ghent

During the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent award-winning composer and musician Craig Armstrong will perform a unique film concert at the Flemish Opera house. For the first time ever the music Armstrong composed for Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and Ray will be played by a symphonic orchestra assisted by a choir and Armstrong on the piano.

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John Powell, Peer Raben and Michael Giacchino at the 6th edition of the WSA

The sixth edition of the World Soundtrack Awards, which will be held on October 14, 2006, is once again promising to be the pre-eminent event for film music lovers. The international elite of film music composers will be in Ghent that evening to attend the presentation of the World Soundtrack Awards and the concert thereafter. Among other works, the music of Michael Giacchino, Peer Raben, John Powell and Piet Goddaer will be the main features of the evening.

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Ghent gives Lifetime Achievement Award to Agnes Varda

During the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent French filmmaker Agnes Varda will receive the Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award. As a tribute to Varda, the festival is putting together a retrospective of her film work. In cooperation with S.M.A.K. (the Ghent museum of contemporary art), two of her recent video installations will be shown.

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Prestigious Stanley Kubrick Exhibiton attends Ghent

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Melbourne, Ghent, London, Paris - which city does not belong in that list? The answer is: they all belong. Thanks to the coöperation between the Flanders International Filmfestival-Ghent and the province of East-Flanders 'little' Ghent is granted the exclusive right to host the prestigious, world-renowned Stanley Kubrick Exhibition in the Benelux, following recent highly successful showings of the exhibition in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin and Melbourne.

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L'Enfant Best Belgian Film 2005

At this year's Joseph Plateau Award Ceremony, L'Enfant by Luc & Jean-Pierre was elected as Best Belgian Film 2005. The film won in total five awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. It's already the fourth time that the brothers Dardenne won the award for Best Belgian Film.

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L'Enfant tops nominees for Belgian film awards.

L'Enfant of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne is together with Someone Else's Happiness of Fien Troch most likely to win a 2005 Joseph Plateau Award for Best Belgian Film. On Tuesday March 7th, the winners of the Belgian film awards will be anounced at the Arts Centre Vooruit in Ghent. Here are the nominees.

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European Film Music Concert in World Premiere in Berlin

The First European Film Concert will take place in Berlin on Friday December 2nd. This is a joint organization of the World Soundtrack Academy from the Flanders International Film Festival Ghent and the European Film Academy. Topcomposers as Gabriel Yared, Zbigniew Preisner and Maurice Jarre will carry this concert skyhigh.

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Badalamenti Best Composer at World Soundtrack Awards 2005

Angelo Badalamenti, for his score for Un Long Dimanche de Fianciailles is the winner of the 'Soundtrack Composer of the Year' Award. These prestigious film music prizes were distributed this Saturday October 15, for the fifth time on a row during the Flanders International Film Festival Ghent. The music of War of the Worlds by John Williams received the Prize for Best Original Soundtrack of the Year and Old Habbits Die Hard by Dave Stewart & Mick Jagger from Alfie was recognized for the Award for 'Best Original Song Written for Film'.

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13 competition films for only € 62? Music to my ears...

The films that are part of "the impact of music on film" competition, are the festival's pride. You don't want to miss a single one of them? Order a special competition pass. It only costs 62€, which is hardly nothing for 13 Benlux or even European premières. There 're all beauty's, officially selected, that will be shown in theaters in the next months. Buy this pass before 14/10 at the price of € 62 and you will receive all 13 tickets immediatly, that's a reduction of € 48,50!

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Flanders IFF Guests and premieres

• David Cronenberg, Viggo Mortensen, Francois Ozon, Jeanne Moreau, and Mike Leigh among the expected guests to attend the 32nd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent. • Festival programme focuses on Russia and Cinema and Activism. Two world premieres, two international premieres and seven European premieres at this year's Film Festival Ghent.

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Festival Film wins Dutch youth price

The Dutch youth film Het Paard van Sinterklaas, that has its Belgian premiere at the Film Festival Ghent, has just won the price for best youth film at the Film festival of Utrecht. The childrens jury said the film was 'funny and moving'.

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