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The German drama When We Leave by Feo Aladag won the Port of Ghent Public Choice Award at the 37th Ghent Film Festival. The film received the highest score from the festival audience (4.67 out of 5). The distributors of the film (ABC Distribution) will receive a distribution bonus of 5,000 euros. On 20 October, the international jury also selected it for the Best Film award. The Canvas Audience Award that is allocated to a film out of a shortlist of five films under the Canvas label, goes to Submarino by Thomas Vinterberg. 2010 is another record-breaking year for the film festival with 132,000 visitors. The increase of 20% in web sales compared to last year is also impressive. The concerts in Kuipke accounted for 6,000 visitors.
12 October will see the festive opening of the Ghent Film Festival in Kinepolis with the world première of Hilde van Mieghem's Smoorverliefd and in the Vooruit Art Centre the Banksy documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop. The final film in the festival is Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, which won the Golden Lion in the last Venice Festival.
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The jury of the youngsters of the Ghent Film Festival gives the Mine Xplore Award to the Israelian film Ajami of the directors Scandar Copti & Yaron Shani. The distributor will get a free media campaign in the daily De Morgen and on the radio Studio Brussel with a value of 20.000 euro and an amount of 6.000 cash money given by Mine/BNP Paribas Fortis. A L'ouest de Pluton received a Special Mention.
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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