The 43rd Film Fest Gent offers from 11 to 21 October a range of diverse films from new talents and established values, a beautiful range of Scandinavian and Japanese productions, Belgian cinema and concerts of film music. There are also a lot of well-known international guests are expected.
The next edition of Film Fest Gent shows 100 different feature-length films, with a focus on Nordic Cinema and Japan. The programme of the 43rd edition was Thursday introduced in Ghent.
Film Fest Gent focuses this year on Scandinavian films, with thirteen albums and eight Nordic shorts’. Moreover, it shows the festival is also the classic, “Queen Christina” with Greta Garbo in the title role, incidentally, the campaign for its 43rd edition.
There is also a spot on Japan with the screening of thirteen new movies. “Movies of young talents, but also veterans from the Japanese cinema in the West are unknown,” says artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher.
“This is a unique opportunity to develop such a program of Japanese films. In my opinion, Japan is the second biggest film country in history.” In addition, in two movies (Gosses de Tokyo, and Belladonna of Sadness) live music is played. There are also five classics from the likes of nagisa Oshima programmed.
Furthermore, attention is paid to the Belgian cinema, with nine titles, and tv. On October 15, is the Angler-Neerlandiaprijs Scenario, 2016, and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Acteursgilde awarded. Film Fest Gent is working also closely with the University of Ghent by four films, after the end by a professor to discuss.
“We are building further on the strength of quality, I think that’s one of our core principles is,” says general manager Martijn Bal. “We look at film in a different way,” adds artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher. “We emphasized the artistic, the educational and the social. Things that at the same time fascinating and entertaining.”
At Film Fest Gent are also every year the World Soundtrack Awards were awarded this year at a gala evening (19 October) in the new location Capitole Gent. Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir will bring a selection from the oeuvre of large filmcomponisten, including guest of honour, Ryuichi Sakamoto.
There are even more international guests are expected, such as Ken Loach, Isabelle Huppert, Terence Davies, Olivier Assayas, Mark Rappaport, Derek Cianfrance, Asghar Farhadi, and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Film Fest Gent runs from 11 to 21 October, details and tickets can be found on filmfestgent.be (Belga/DB)