Following the 41st Film Fest Gent’s focus on Cinéma français, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to French composer Francis Lai at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards.
Francis Lai (born in 1932 in Nice) became world famous with 'A man and a woman' (1966), his first score for a film by Claude Lelouch, for whom he would compose over thirty scores the next four decades.
The Oscar winning film 'A man and a woman' launched the career of Lelouch and made Lai a celebrated French film composer with an international career. Thanks to the "chabadabada" tune, the music of 'A man and a woman' topped the music charts. In this film, as well as in the follow-up 'Live for Life' (1967), he introduced the authentic use of both English and French chansons sung by Pierre Barouh and Nicole Croisille, which became an innovative, refreshing and romantic sound in French film music.
In 1970 Lai scored his biggest international hit with the soundtrack of the phenomenal blockbuster 'Love Story' (1970) by Arthur Hiller. He achieved his biggest cult success with the film 'Bilitis' (1977) by softcore photographer David Hamilton. Other acclaimed films for which he wrote the music are 'Rider on the Rain' by Rene Clement, 'Anima Persa' by Dino Risi, 'My new Partner' by Claude Zidi and 'Dark Eyes' by Nikita Mikhalkov.
During the WSA concert, Francis Lai will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding career in film music. A selection of his work will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé.
In addition to the oeuvre of Lai, Jef Neve’s captivating music for the prestigious Flemish drama series "In Vlaamse Velden' will also be getting some deserved attention that evening. With this score, Jef Neve proved that he is not only a gifted jazz musician but also a very inspired composer of many talents. He will be performing a selection of the music he wrote, accompanied by footage from the series.
Confirmed central guests and performers at the World Soundtrack Awards are American composer Cliff Martinez ('Drive', 'Only God Forgives', 'Contagion' and 'Spring Breakers') and 2013 WSA Discovery Award winner Dan Romer ('Beasts of the Southern Wild').
Listen to the WSA playlist on Film Fest Gent's Spotify account!