Heard about the Flanders Film Festival in Ghent?
26th Flanders Film Festival
5-16 October 1999
© Cultural Ambasador of Flanders, City Ambassador of Ghent
photo: courtesy of MVSP Public Relations
- Have you heard about the Flanders Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium? The
26th edition begins on October 5th and lasts until the 16th.
There will be 500 screenings of films from more than 40 countries.
15 Features will be in competition this time around for the category
"The Impact of Music on Film."
This Festival has become noted for its concentrated focus on the
use of sound and music in film.
Among the special events this year are a concert (October 7th) of
music by 70-year-old Belgian composer Frederic Devreese, whose scores
are most widely known from the films of Belgian director Andre Delvaux.
Oscar winning composer Stephen Warbeck ("Shakespeare in Love," "My Son the Fanatic," etc.)
and Elliot Goldenthal ("Interview with a Vampire," "Michael Collins," etc.)
will not only be conducting this evening, but participating in a filmworkshop during the
Two separate special divisions of the 1999 festival will focus
respectively on Swedish film and past and present and Belgian film today.
"Digiforum 3," whose theme is "life in a digital image society" will offer
20 lectures, explorations, demonstrations, and debates will take place from
the 10th till the 15th of the month. Further information about the entire
festival is available at
- The annual Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht, Holland, concluded
its week of activities on the evening of October 1st with the
announcement of the winners of the Golden Calves. Best Film
was "Abeltje," the story of a boy who travels with the help of a
flying elevator adapted from a children's book by the popular
Dutch writer Annie M. G. Smit. Best Actor was awarded to Rijk
de Gooijer, a noted member of the old garde from film, stage,
and television, for his role in "Madelief" from the fantastic author
of children's books Guus Kuijer. Best Actress went to Nadja
Hupscher for her performance in "De Boekverfilming." Singer
Karin Bloemen sang the ceremony in as well as out, but
remarkably kept returning to the tune called "Amsterdam." This
might have confused some viewers because, although the song
was among those themes chosen from Dutch films, the
ceremony was taking place in Utrecht. International Dutch stars
Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbe rode down the red carpet on
a (slow) motorcycle, assumedly reminiscing about their days
together in "The Soldier of Orange," before presenting the Best
Film award for '99.
A number of special awards were also handed out during the
early days of the Festival. Among these were a Golden Calf
honoring the "collected works" of producer Matthijs van
Heiningen as well as one for the "Best Dutch Film of the
Century" which went to "Turkish Delight" based on the book
(definitely not meant for children) by Jan Wolkers. Interesting to
consider that, during the making of this last mentioned film,
producer Rob Houwer originally wanted to change the ending,
but met with strong resistance from his co-workers at the time. I
assume he no longer regrets the ending he finally accepted.
- Cinekid, the annual Dutch film festival for children, will be
starting on Saturday, October 23rd and running through Sunday
October 31st. The events, including new media, animation from
Poland, TV toppers, will be in evidence in Amsterdam at the
Balie Theatre and City Pathe Cinema, but the Festival will be
taking place at a number of locations throughout the
Netherlands. Further information is available at website
- El Dia de Los Muertos may sound more like Mexico than
Amsterdam, but on the weekend of October 30th and 31st,
music (by Los Calaveras), film ("Macario"), and other activities
may bring your shaking and shivering bones to life if you
happen to drop by (please excuse the implication of the
phrase) the Tropenmuseum. Sunday, of course, you can join
in the Ofrendra. Who says there's nothing to do on Halloween
in Amsterdam? Boo!
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