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'Cold War' by Paweł Pawlikowski and 'High Life' by Claire Denis victorious at 45th Film Fest GentFestival

'Cold War' by Oscar winner Paweł Pawlikowski ('Ida' and 'The Summer of Love') received the Grand Prix for Best Film at the closing night of Film Fest Gent. The Georges Delerue Award for Best Music was given to Claire Denis' space drama 'High Life'. Sonam Larcins ‘Après le silence’ won the Award vor Best Belgian Student Short, while Ottó Bánovits' 'Dark Chamber' won Best European Short.

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'Cold War' wins the Canvas Audience Award

After winning the Grand Prix earlier this week, 'Cold War' also received the Canvas Audience Award. The TV channel had selected five films out of the entire programme, out of which Paweł Pawlikowski's internationally acclaimed drama scored the most audience votes.

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'Capharnaüm' wins the North Sea Port Audience Award

You have decided: 'Capharnaüm', the Lebanese Oscar submission by director Nadine Labaki, wins the North Sea Port Audience Award. After eleven festival days, during which around 150 movies were screened, the emotionally convincing film received the highest praise of the audience. 

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'Cold War' by Paweł Pawlikowski and 'High Life' by Claire Denis victorious at 45th Film Fest Gent

'Cold War' by Oscar winner Paweł Pawlikowski ('Ida' and 'The Summer of Love') received the Grand Prix for Best Film at the closing night of Film Fest Gent. The Georges Delerue Award for Best Music was given to Claire Denis' space drama 'High Life'. Sonam Larcins ‘Après le silence’ won the Award vor Best Belgian Student Short, while Ottó Bánovits' 'Dark Chamber' won Best European Short.

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Young Critic NJ Nuñez on 'The Favourite'

Slaps precede sweet talk and lovers’ tussles are primal and sexually charged in Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Favourite’ (2018). Sex and power prove to be interconnected forces at play and feed off of each other, often in destructive ways. The film is an irreverent spin on a cliché-ridden genre that in Lanthimos’ capable hands transforms into a hilarious lesbian love and sex story involving a battle of wits coupled with a mud-caked, spittle-flecked take on physical comedy.

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Young Critic Savina Petkova on 'Wildlife'

Brisk honesty in long takes is the main character in actor Paul Dano’s debut feature Wildlife (2018). The anthropomorphised camera is the unnamed sibling in this 1960s American family portrait, based on a novel of the same name by Richard Ford, telling the coming-of-age story of Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal), Jean (Carey Mulligan), and their son Joe (Ed Oxenbould). 

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18th World Soundtrack Awards announces second wave of nominees

After revealing the nominees for Best Film Composer, Best TV Composer and Best Original Song, the World Soundtrack Academy announces a second wave of nominees for Best Original Score for a Belgian production, Discovery of the Year, SABAM Award for the Most Original Score by a Young International Composer and Public Choice Award.

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Film Fest Gent 2018 announces Belgian slate including 6 world premieres

At the 45th Film Fest Gent, Belgian cinema will be present as ever. Earlier it was announced that not only the opening night ('Girl' by Lukas Dhont), but also the closing film ('Beautiful Boy' by Felix van Groeningen) will come from a Belgian director. The festival now presents the 10 titles by or with Belgian talent, including no less than 6 world premieres. 

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Film Fest Gent to close 45th edition with 'Beautiful Boy' by Felix van Groeningen

The film 'Beautiful Boy' by Felix van Groeningen with Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell will be the closing film of the 45th edition of Film Fest Gent. The film will have its Belgian premiere on October 19th at the festival, preceded by the presentation of the official festival awards, in the presence of the international festival jury and director Felix van Groeningen. Buy your tickets here

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Film Fest Gent announces recording of 'Carter Burwell: Music for Film' album

In line with tradition, a selection of the World Soundtrack Award's main guest's music will be recorded and released for the annual 'Music for Film' album. Some of Carter Burwell's most captivating scores will be recorded on August 20-22 in Flagey's legendary Studio 4, performed by Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé. The live recording will include exclusive and unpublished tracks from  'The Spanish Prisoner' and 'Olive Kitteridge'. It will be the first compilation album of Burwell's film scores ever released, licensed by Silva Screen Records and recorded, mixed & mastered by MotorMusic.

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Film Fest Gent and Vooruit launch new festival VIDEODROOM: a 10-day unique cross-over universe, balancing between film and music

On 10 October, Vooruit and Film Fest Gent will launch the first edition of VIDEODROOM. During the upcoming Film Fest Gent (9-19 Oct 2018) and at cultural arts centre Vooruit, artists and audiences will explore a new universe at the intersection between music, films and visuals. Film scores will be reworked and well-known films and their scores will be deconstructed. Ex-Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore opens the festival with his new score for four short films by experimental filmmaker Maya Deren.

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French composer Philippe Sarde receives Lifetime Achievement Award at 18th World Soundtrack Awards

Within the framework of the upcoming World Soundtrack Awards Gala, Film Fest Gent will honour Philippe Sarde's impressive career with a Lifetime Achievement Award followed by a tribute to Sarde's film music. The French composer is known for an immense variety and richness in his scores, ranging from impressive symphonic work to pure jazz. Sarde has worked with several world-famous directors such as Claude Sautet, Bertrand Tavernier, Yves Boisset, André Téchiné, Roman Polanski, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Marco Ferreri, Jacques Doillon and even Robert Bresson.

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'Over Water' first title of the 45th Film Fest Gent

The very first title of the 45th Film Fest Gent has been announced. The series 'Over Water' by Paul Baeten Gronda, Tom Lenaerts & Norman Bates takes place in the renowned city and the port of Antwerp. The festival will screen the first two episodes in the section 'Serial Madness'.

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Young Critics: Call Me By Your Name by Susana Bessa

Photogénie and Film Fest Gent proudly present the 4th Young Critics Workshop (October 12 – 20, 2017), open to aspiring film critics (aged 18-26) from Belgium and abroad, offering them the opportunity to cover the 44th edition. The participants cover the festival by writing both short reviews and an in-depth piece. The participants are guided by film critic Nick Pinkerton (Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Reverse Shot, …) and the Photogénie team. Today: Susana Bessa writes about Call Me By Your Name.

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