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FESTIVALS Belgium

Ghent beats the drum

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Conscious of a need to demonstrate its desire for exchange and communication, the Flanders International Festival Film – Ghent, whose 32rd edition runs from 11 - 22 October, yesterday presented its programme to French-speaking journalists at the Namur Film Festival.

Specializing in music for film, Ghent, well-respected throughout the world, has programmed some 180 films (in all categories) and invited numerous personalities. An important event, the festival, which gathered an academy of 200 soundtrack composers, will award, for the fifth year, on the 15th October, the World Soundtracks Awards. Under the sign of Robert Wise, who recently died, the festival will pay tribute to him as well Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner and English director Mike Leigh.

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Alongside a retrospective dedicated to Belgian cinema, a panorama of Russian cinema organised with Europalia, a competition of shorts, numerous premières, a section "World Cinema" screens films which have yet tied up distributors, a presentation of atypical documentaries in the section "A look Apart", the official competition offers 12 films, half of which come from Europe : The city of the sun (Slunecnistat) from Czech Martin Sulik, Dallas Pashamende Hungarian Robert-Adrian Pejo, Someone's else happiness [+see also:
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film profile
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(Een Ander Zijn Geluk) from Belgian Fien Troch, Hostage (Omiros) [+see also:
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film profile
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Greek Constantinos Giannaris, Stranger (Ono) [+see also:
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from Pole Malgosia Szumowska and lastly Tuning (Uglasevanje) Slovenian Igor Sterk. And the festival’s opening will have a European flavour with the preview of Joyeux Noël [+see also:
film review
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interview: Christian Carion
interview: Christophe Rossignon
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by Christian Carion.

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(Translated from French)

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