An Evening with Stanley Kubrick

13 Sep 2006
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.
Stanley Kubrick was not only one of the most famous and most controversial directors of his generation, he was also a very withdrawn man who rarely gave interviews and who produced films in a shroud of secrecy. This gave rise to considerable rumours and speculation about his way of working. All in all, plenty of topics for a full evening of discussion about this director. For this event the festival has invited two leading Kubrick experts: Jan Harlan and Michel Ciment. Harlan and Ciment will also be on the jury of the 33rd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent. Jan Harlan was not only Stanley Kubrick's brother-in-law, from 1973 onwards he was also the executive producer of such films directed by Kubrick as Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. After Stanley Kubrick's death in 1999, Jan Harlan worked with Steven Spielberg on A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Harlan also produced the documentaries A Life in Pictures about Stanley Kubrick and O Lucky Malcolm about the life and career of the acclaimed A Clockwork Orange actor Malcolm McDowell. Author Michel Ciment is editor of the French film magazine Positif and writer of several books about cinema, including the definitive biography of Stanley Kubrick: Kubrick, the definitive edition. Ciment is one of the few journalists who managed to interview Kubrick. Like Jan Harlan, Ciment will be on the jury at the 33rd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent. He also served on juries at the Cannes and Berlin film festivals. 'An Evening with Stanley Kubrick' is sure to offer some interesting insights into the life and work of the director. The following topics will be addressed: his inexhaustible perfectionism, his creative vision, his life on and off the set, his relationship with his actors, projects that did not come off the ground, and his artistic importance and influence. The discussions will be led by Focus Knack editor in chief Patrick Duynslaegher, himself a Kubrick expert. An Evening With Friends of Stanley Kubrick, Thursday October 12 at 8.30PM in the Vooruit Theatre. Free admission. We advise you to arrive early.