Ghent Film Festival announces programme for 37th edition

29 Sep 2010
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.

Thirteen titles are jousting in the international competition: Koen Mortier's 22 Mei, Eric Mendelsohn's 3 Backyards, Alicia Duffy's All Good Children, Jay & Mark Duplass' Cyrus, Valerio Mieli's Dieci Inverni, Feo Aladag's Die Fremde, Aaron Schneider's Get Low, Bent Hamer's Home For Christmas, Im Sang-Soo's The Housemaid, Burhan Qurbani's Shahada, Aleksei Fedorchenko's Silent Souls, Daniel Espinosa's Snabba Cash and Kornel Mondruczo's Tender Son - The Frankenstein Project. The international jury consists of the Flemish actress Els Dottermans, the Hungarian director Agnes Kocsis, the German scriptwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase, the Belgrade director Goran Paskaljevic, the Flemish director Jan Verheyen and the Swedish composer Jean-Paul Wall. In addition to Smoorverliefd, the festival will be hosting other Flemish premières: Gust Van den Berghe's acclaimed En Waar De Sterre Bleef Stille Staan, Alex Stockman's exciting thriller Pulsar and Koen Mortier's enthralling drama 22nd of May. This year's striking festival previews, films that are guaranteed a place in the regular cinema circuit, are Mike Leigh's Another Year, Saverio Costanzo's The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Gregg Araki's Kaboom, François Ozon's Potiche, Thomas Vinterberg's Submarino and Woody Allen's You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. Apart from films there are plenty of peripheral events on the festival programme. In conjunction with the Province of East Flanders, the Ghent Film Festival is organising the exhibition, 'Jacques Tati: Deux Temps, Trois Mouvements' in the Caermersklooster Provincial Culture Centre. The exhibition runs from October 15 to January 16, 2011 and is a La Cinémathèque Française production in collaboration with Les Films de Mon Oncle. Ghent is the second city after Paris where it will be held. To accompany the exhibition, the Film Memory section will be presenting a retrospective in which Tati's films will be shown. It is no secret that music plays a significant part of the Ghent Film Festival. On October 21, the festival will welcome five time Oscar winner John Barry. In addition to the scores for eleven Bond films, he is also to thank for the unforgettable music in Out Of Africa, Dances With Wolves, Born Free and Midnight Cowboy. On 23 October, the final evening of the festival, the 10th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards will be held. Once the annual prizes for the best film score and composers have been awarded, there will be an unique concert. Guests will be Gabriel Yared (The Talented Mr. Ripley), Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks), Howard Shore (Lord Of The Rings), Craig Armstrong (Love Actually), Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare In Love), Gustavo Santaolalla (Motorcycle Diaries), Bruno Coulais (Océans), Frédéric Devreese (Un Soir, Un Train), Alberto Iglesias (Volver) and Elliot Goldenthal (Titus). Both concerts will take place in Ghent's Kuipke arena, featuring the Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Orchestra. The conductor for 'John Barry in Concert' will be Barry's right-hand man Nicholas Dodd; for the World Soundtrack Awards it will be house conductor Dirk Brossé. The Ghent Film Festival is once again working in conjunction with Vooruit for Almost Cinema, a twelve-day festival that tests the borderlines between film and music, theatre and (media) art. The familiar film experience is rocked at the foundations by surprising installations, performances and concerts. 37th Ghent Film Festival 12 - 23 October 2010 You can find the full programme and further information at or in our free programme brochure, Knack Focus Special.