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GHENT 2021

The 48th Film Fest Gent unveils a rich programme

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- For this almost post-COVID edition, the event is full of prestigious previews and offers a jam-packed Belgian programme

The 48th Film Fest Gent unveils a rich programme
La Civil by Teodora Ana Mihai

The Film Fest Gent is back in top form for its 48th edition with a rich programme of Belgian and international premieres from 12 to 23 October.

Ghent audiences will be able to discover a plethora of highly anticipated films such as Leos Carax's Annette [+see also:
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, Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch [+see also:
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, Pablo Larrain's Spencer [+see also:
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, Pedro Almodovar's Parallel Mothers [+see also:
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, Ridley Scott's The Last Duel [+see also:
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or the new Jacques Audiard (Paris, 13th District [+see also:
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), Bruno Dumont (France [+see also:
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) or Gaspar Noé (Vortex [+see also:
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), all of which were discovered in Cannes or Venice.

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The latter will be in the Official Competition with his film. Facing him are 14 serious competitors, including two Belgian films with very different profiles: Inexorable [+see also:
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interview: Fabrice Du Welz
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, the new film by Fabrice Du Welz, a declaration of love to film noir as much as to erotic thrillers, which has just been to the Toronto Film Festival, and Playground [+see also:
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, the first feature film as delicate as it is powerful by Laura Wandel, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Certain Regard in Cannes last July.

Also in Competition will be the Italian film A Chiara [+see also:
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interview: Jonas Carpignano
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by Jonas Carpigano, Label Europa Cinemas at the recent Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, the Swiss film The Girl and the Spider [+see also:
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interview: Ramon Zürcher and Silvan Zü…
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by brothers Ramon and Silvan Zürcher, the Norwegian film The Worst Person in the World [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
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 by Joachim Trier (the romantic comedy of the Cannes festival, starring the extraordinary Renate Reinsve, winner of the Interpretation Prize), but also two Georgian films, Wet Sand [+see also:
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interview: Elene Naveriani
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by Elene Naveriani, a co-production with Switzerland, and What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? [+see also:
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interview: Alexandre Koberidze
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by Alexandre Koberidze, co-produced with Germany.

Also in Competition is the Greek film Apples [+see also:
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by Christos Nikou, which opened the Orizzonti section in Venice last year, as well as two Spanish-language films co-produced in Belgium, Libertad [+see also:
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interview: Clara Roquet
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by the Spaniard Clara Roquet and Clara Sola [+see also:
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interview: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
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by the Swedish-Costa Rican Nathalie Alvarez Mesen. There is also the new film by the great Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Memoria [+see also:
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, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes and was recently selected by Colombia for the Oscars, Captain Volkonogov Escaped [+see also:
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by Russians Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov, and Faya Dayi by Jessica Beshir, the co-production between the United States, Ethiopia and Qatar which won the last Visions du Réel Festival.

Finally, the rich programme includes many previews of highly anticipated Belgian films: Teodora Ana Mihai's La Civil [+see also:
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interview: Teodora Ana Mihai
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, discovered at Cannes, will open the festival; Animals [+see also:
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, Nabil Ben Yadir's new film, which promises to be radical; The Hive, Christophe Hermans' first feature film with an all-female cast full of revelations (alongside Ludivine Sagnier, we find young Belgian actresses Sophie Breyer and Mara Taquin, as well as Bonnie Duvauchelle); Space Boy by Olivier Pairoux, a family film in French that is both pop and nostalgic, a small UFO in the landscape of French-speaking Belgian cinema; as well as two first Flemish films with very particular universes, Dealer [+see also:
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by Jeroen Perceval and Cool Abdoul by Jonas Baeckeland.

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(Translated from French by Manuela Lazic)

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