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A different view with A Look Apart

The festival's A Look Apart series showcases a selection of films curated by Cis Bierinckx, director of the Beurschouwburg theatre in Brussels. Bierinckx has a keen eye for films that raise questions about culture, people and society while casting a critical glance on film as an art form. Is film the reflection of our collective subconscious? Can film capture the truth, in all its ambiguity? A Look Apart's quirky selection gets to the heart of these issues, challenging viewers to engage with the work and draw their own conclusions.

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Complete programme now online

The complete programme of the 36th Ghent International Film Festival is now online available. Click on 'programme' or 'tickets' on top of this page and browse through the different sections of the festival. If you want to find a specific film you can use the search field in the website header. Tickets can be ordered directly online.

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Closing film Soul Kitchen by Fatih Akin

The Ghent Film Festival is proud to bring its 36th edition to a close with Soul Kitchen, by award-winning German-Turkish director Fatih Akin. This will be Akin's second time in Ghent, after gracing our shores in 2007 for The Edge of Heaven.

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Oscar nominee Andy García to receive Honorary Award

Oscar nominated actor Andy García will be honored with the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award at the upcoming 36th Ghent International Film Festival. This prestigious award will be presented to Garcia prior to the screening of his new film City Island on October 16th.

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Joseph Plateau Honorary Award for Kevin Costner

On 11 October, the American actor Kevin Costner will receive a Joseph Plateau Honorary Award at the Ghent International Film Festival. Costner is coming to Ghent for a concert with his country band Modern West in the Handelsbeurs, an ideal opportunity, the festival thought, to present this award. The prize is the highest award of the festival. Previous luminaries to be presented with the award include Morgan Freeman, Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Altman and Sydney Pollack.

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First Festival Film has arrived in Ghent!

Peng Tao's Floating in Memory is the first festival film to arrive at the festival offices. The film is selected for the World Cinema section and fits the fest focus on China. Tickets will be available starting September 22 at filmfestival.be.

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Ghent Film Festival to Showcase Studio Ghibli and Animation Legend Miyazaki

Japanese animation film fans are in for a real treat at the 36th edition of the Ghent Film Festival (6-17 October), with its film retrospective on Studio Ghibli, Japan's premiere animation studio founded by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. The retrospective reflects the festival's Asia theme and ties in with the anime exhibition held at The Carmelite Friary - Provincial Centre of Art and Culture.

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The Market wins festival competition

The Market by Ben Hopkins wins the Grand Prize of the Flemish Community for Best Film at the 35th Ghent International Film Festival. The international jury presided by Danish producer Vibeke Windeløv announced the winners on Wednesday 15 October at the Ghent city hall. Other winning films are Two-Legged Horse (Samira Makhmalbaf), Stella (Sylvie Verheyde) and O'Horten (Bent Hamer).

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Hunger wins Xplore Award 2008

Hunger, the poignant debute of brittish artist Steve McQueen wins the Xplore Award of the 35th Ghent International Film Festival. The young XploreZone jury give a special mention to Worlds Apart by danish director Niels Arden Oplev.

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Songes d'une Femme de Ménage Best Belgian Short

Songes d'une Femme de Ménage by Banu Akseki has won the National Lottery Price for Best Belgian Short Film. The director receives a premium of 5.000 euro. Jazzed by Anton Senola receives a special mention. The price was given by Marc Frederix, marketing director of the National Lottery.

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Finding Home Best Flemish Student Short Film

The documentary Finding Home by Christopher Daley (KASK) has won the ACE-price for Best Flemish Student Short Film at the 35th Ghent Film Festival. Minister Bert Anciaux has given the price on this Monday evening at the Vooruit. The price includes a premium of 2.000 euro for the director and a postproduction premium of 7.500 euro.

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Already 75.000 tickets sold!

The 35th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival has a record! In total there are 75.000 tickets sold of which 35.000 were sold at the anniversary price of 5 euro! The sales of the tickets has gone up by 12 % compared to last year. The reactions of the public are mainly positive and the media covering is larger than ever!

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Woody Harrelson on the red carpet!

The American actor Woody Harrelson presented his last film Transsiberian at the 35th Ghent International Filmfestival. He also received a Joseph Plateau Honorary Award, given by the actor Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). 

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Unspoken of Fien Troch in premiere

The first belgian film on the festival programme was in premiere : Unspoken by Fien Troch! On the 12th of October two other belgian films will go in premiere : Vinyan by Fabrice du Welz, in presence of Emmanuelle Béart, and also Elève Libre by Joachim Lafosse.

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The 35th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival has officially started

The 35th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival has officially started with the premiere of The Visitor in the six screening rooms of Kinepolis in Ghent and Young@Heart at Vooruit. The three main actors of the film The Visitor namely Richard Jenkins, Danai Gurira and Haaz Sleiman, the International Jury and the actor Woody Harrelson were there! Jenkins received a Joseph Plateau Honorary Award for his career. Woody Harrelson will present this Wednesday his new film Transsiberian. Check out the first pictures

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Four festival films nominated for European Discovery 2008

As part of the European Film Awards, the European Film Academy annually presents the award European Discovery to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film. This year's nominations are Hunger (Steve McQueen), Snow (Aida Begic), Summer Book (Seyfi Teoman) and Tulpan (Sergey Dvortsevoy). These films are also being screened at the Ghent International Film Festival.

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The uncompromising cinema of Cis Bierinckx

He once jotted down the following reminder to himself: "No stars. No happy endings. Only time". The perfect way to describe Cis Bierinckx's selection for A Look Apart. With this quirky programme, film fans get a thought-provoking alternative to the usual commercial blockbusters and mindless action movies that have long plagued the silver screen.

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Almost Cinema 2008

Vooruit Arts Centre and the Ghent Film Festival join forces for Almost Cinema: a twelve-day programme during which Vooruit presents its unique vision on cinema. Almost Cinema starts where traditional film stops. The featured artists are influenced by the cinematic medium but leave the beaten track, opting for new unknown paths instead.

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The Visitor, opening film of the 35th Ghent Film Festival

The 35ste edition of the Ghent Film Festival opens on 7 October with The Visitor by Tom McCarthy. It is a very warm, humane and at times touching film that critically looks into the immigration politics in the United States. The full programme of the festival will be announced on 24 September.

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