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FESTIVALS Belgium

Ghent announces retrospectives and discoveries

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The 33rd Flanders International Film Festival (October 11-21) has finally unveiled its full programme, brimming with films and events.

With a gala opening of current hit Perfume: The Story of a Murderer [+see also:
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by Germany’s Tom Tykwer, the official competition has 14 features.

The selection features eight European films, including Transylvania [+see also:
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, which Tony Gatlif will present in person; Relatives by Hungarian director István Szabó; Finnish films Frozen City [+see also:
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interview: Aku Louhimies
interview: Markus Selin
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by Aku Louhimies and Lights in the Dusk [+see also:
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by Aki Kaurismäki; Salvador [+see also:
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, the UK/Spanish co-production by Manuel Herga; Slumming [+see also:
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by Austria’s Michael Glawogger; and French title Nocturnes by Henri Colomer.

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These films will be judged by a jury presided over by Jan Harlan, brother-in-law and producer of the last films by Stanley Kubrick. The festival is furthermore holding an exhibit devoted to the US film legend, which was presented two years ago in Frankfurt. Organised by Kubrick’s wife, archive material of this detail-obsessed director will be on display from October 4 until January 2007: over 1,300 square metres of photos, sketches and notes, sets, costumes, models from 2001: A Space Odyssey and props from A Clockwork Orange.

The festival is also organising a complete retrospective of his work and an evening of debates with Harlan and French critic Michel Ciment, another jury member.

The other important event is an homage to French director Agnès Varda. Along with an exhibition of her video installations and a retrospective, she will be awarded the Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other sections of the festival include several preview screenings (The Queen [+see also:
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interview: Andy Harries
interview: Stephen Frears
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, Princess [+see also:
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, Requiem [+see also:
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interview: Hans-Christian Schmid
interview: Hans-Christian Schmid
interview: Sandra Hueller
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and Along the Ridge [+see also:
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interview: Kim Rossi Stuart
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), a competition of Belgian and international shorts and the screening of several music documentaries.

Two other main sections at Ghent are jam packed with films and discoveries. The World Cinema sidebar will offer almost 50 films yet to find distributors in Belgium (The Free Will, Grounded: The Last Days of Swissair [+see also:
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, Container by Lucas Moodysson, Demented [+see also:
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interview: Dominique Barneaud
interview: Laurent Achard
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and Song of Songs [+see also:
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interview: Gayle Griffiths
interview: Josh Appignanesi
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) while A Look Apart will focus on recent productions from top-name filmmakers (including Vincent Dieutre, Pedro Costa, Abderrahmane Sissako) and debut films, especially from young German directors, such as Henner Winckler (Lucy [+see also:
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) and Valeska Grisebach (Longing [+see also:
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).

(Translated from French)

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