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Ostend hosts a string of premieres

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- The non-competitive Ostend Film Festival gives Flemish audiences the chance to discover an impressive number of prestigious premieres

Ostend hosts a string of premieres
Plan Bart by Roel Mondelaers

The Ostend Film Festival, which will draw to a close on 20 September with the presentation of the fifth Ensor Awards for Flemish cinema, kicked off at the weekend on the Belgian coast. On the programme are a number of premieres for prestigious English-language films (including the English titles A Most Wanted Man [+see also:
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by Dutch director Anton Corbijn, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film; Hector and the Search for Happiness by Peter Chelsom, starring Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike; Locke [+see also:
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by Steven Knight, starring Tom Hardy; and Irish film Calvary [+see also:
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by John Michael McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd). A good many French-language premieres are also on the agenda (3 Hearts [+see also:
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by Benoît Jacquot, starring Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve; Tu veux ou tu veux pas [+see also:
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by Tonie Marshall, starring Sophie Marceau and Patrick Bruel; and Elle l’adore [+see also:
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by Jeanne Henry, starring Sandrine Kiberlain and Laurent Lafitte). And there is even the US-Belgian co-production Third Person by Paul Haggis, boasting an all-star cast (Kim Basinger, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Mila Kunis and Adrian Brody, to name a few) and produced by Belgian outfit Corsan, which is known for its fundraising via the Tax Shelter. Among the other European productions selected for the event, titles like the impressive Austrian western The Dark Valley [+see also:
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, by Andreas Prochaska, will surely leave a lasting impression. 

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And of course, the festival will also offer attendees the chance to discover premieres of the potential upcoming hits of Flemish cinema, including the romantic comedy Plan Bart [+see also:
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by Roel Mondelaers, starring the bubbly Wine Dierickx, and the curious, off-the-wall, no-budget production LieblingAnother F*cking Flemish Movie, an omnibus film produced by Savage. The latter is actually a project by the theatrical troupe Het Zesde Bedrijf, written by Jeroen Perceval, a Belgian actor who has appeared in films such as Bullhead [+see also:
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interview: Bart Van Langendonck
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and Borgman [+see also:
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interview: Reinout Scholten van Aschat
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, as well as the aforementioned Plan Bart. Interestingly, the festival will also present an extensive documentary section that includes myriad Belgian films, as well as a retrospective featuring a number of the movies that have been selected for the Ensors in the past.

(Translated from French)

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