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GHENT 2020

Another Round to open Film Fest Gent

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- The festival is set to go ahead, come what may, and flaunts a tantalising programme toplined by the new, Cannes 2020-approved Thomas Vinterberg title and Venice’s Golden Lion victor Nomadland

Another Round to open Film Fest Gent
Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg

Film Fest Gent will once again be celebrating the seventh art between 13 and 24 October, with an enticing selection which comprises a number of much-anticipated works, not least the new Thomas Vinterberg opus Another Round [+see also:
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, which has been awarded the Cannes 2020 label. Online participants - and festival organisers - will be amused to note that instead of raising a glass “in person” in honour of the Opening Ceremony, they can at least watch attending actors raise a glass, if not several.

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A further thirteen feature films will be battling it out in the Official Competition. Opening the line-up is the new film by Stephan Streker, The Enemy [+see also:
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, based upon a true story which rocked host country Belgium: a top level, French-speaking politician is accused of killing his wife who is found dead in their hotel room in Ostend (thus, set in Flanders). In the title role, Belgian actor Jérémie Renier yet again delivers a performance of rare intensity, in this love story which tends towards a thriller and the world of existential crises.

It’s a competition of markedly European tones, where French films DNA [+see also:
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by Maïwenn and Gagarin [+see also:
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by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh are set to be unveiled - two films boasting the Cannes 2020 label - alongside Eden [+see also:
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by Hungary’s Ágnes Kocsis (presented in Rotterdam back in January), Sébastien Lifshitz’s documentary Little Girl [+see also:
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, which follows the path walked by a transgender child, Servants [+see also:
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by Slovakian director Ivan Ostrochovsky (discovered in Berlin), Stories from the Chestnut Woods [+see also:
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by Slovenia’s Gregor Božič, and Vitalina Varela [+see also:
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by Portugal’s Pedro Costa. And facing-off against these filmmakers are a handful of high-calibre representatives from the American continent, starting with Miranda July, but also Chloé Zhao who recently won Venice’s Golden Lion for Nomadland.

In all, nigh-on 130 films will be on offer, including a section dedicated to German cinema and a New Voices competition focused on new directors from around the world. Also worth a mention is the fact that the festival will be organising the 20th edition of the prestigious World Soundtrack Awards, which will unfold online, owing to Covid, as a one-off livestream event.

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(Translated from French)

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