Music is represented more than ever at the 41st edition of Film Fest Gent. Not only are there several concerts celebrating the beauty of film music, the Sound and Vision section also consists of documentaries, features on concerts, musicians and music styles. And this year’s musical programme promises to make for another fantastic year at Film Fest Gent!
As usual, Film Fest Gent will end with a bang at the World Soundtrack Awards on Saturday 25 October. The guest of honour for the 14th edition of the WSAwards will be American film composer and former drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Cliff Martinez. The WSAwards also welcomes Dan Romer, Francis Lai and Jef Neve. Make sure to get your tickets here.
On Thursday 23 October, music centre De Bijloke will host the Rota/Fellini concert, which will feature symphonic music from the movies of the director of ‘La Dolce Vita’ and ‘La Strada’ performed by Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé. Get your tickets here.
This year, we are celebrating the 100-year anniversary of ‘The Tramp’ with a unique family film concert of Chaplin’s ‘The Circus’. The silent classic will be shown on 26 October at Kuipke and will have live music conducted by prima la musica Dirk Brossé. Buy your tickets here.
This extraordinary show by Arsenal, created to tie in with their new album 'Furu', will have its world premiere on 22 October 2014 at Vooruit, in collaboration with Film Fest Gent
'Dance! Dance! Dance!' has become an impressive mood board for their new album, Furu. The film concert will combine unreleased soundtrack material with more familiar tracks by Arsenal. Arsenal's love for images has been known for quite some time and this year it resulted in a unique film, set in Japan. Hendrik Willemyns wrote and produced the project in collaboration with the Japanese director Ken Ochiai.
Soul Boys of the Western World is a journey through the 1980s and beyond; the story of a band, an era and how one small gathering of outsiders in London shaped the entire world's view of music and fashion. The film is not only a fascinating, often hard-hitting social and cultural document of the time, but a brutally honest story of how friendships can be won, lost and ultimately regained.
Legendary band Spandau Ballet (known from hits like ‘True’ ‘Gold’, ‘Through The Barricades’ and many more) will be giving an exclusive live set in Vooruit during Film Fest Gent! After the screening of ‘Soul Boys of the Western World’ the band will take over the scene of the Theaterhall for their first performance ever in Ghent and their first Belgian performance since 2010. Buy your tickets here!
Music Panels and Seminars
1. Film Music Industry Panels
Film Music Industry Panels will offer content-based discussions regarding current topics in the film music industry.
1. Film Music Festivals as a platform for composers - Robert Townson (Varèse Sarabande), Dirk Brossé (Music Director FFG), Aubagne Film Festival, Dan Romer (‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’)
2. Publishing Film Music & Composers’ Rights - Michael Todd & Simon Greenaway (ASCAP), Rick Clark (SilvaScreen), Emmanuel Chamboredon (Milan Records), Johann Johannsson (composer – ‘For Ellen’), b (composer - The Human Resources Manager)
3. Do’s and don’ts of Film Music Promotion - Doreen Ringer-Ross (BMI), Cliff Martinez (composer – ‘Drive’, ‘Solaris’), Beth Krakower, Ray Costa, Chandler Poling (publicists)
4. Is the Future of Film Scoring in jeopardy? (Steve Chagollan of Variety with Daniel Pemberton (composer – ‘The Counselor’), Steven Price (composer – ‘Gravity’)
Thursday 23 October from 13:00 until 17:00 @ Kinepolis. Reservation is necessary, via firstname.lastname@example.org
The focus of the 41st Film Fest Gent – Cinéma français – will also be the theme of the film music seminar. With French author, scriptwriter and critic Thierry Jousse, and composers Bruno Coulais and Philippe Sarde. Martine Huvenne will be moderating the event.
Films in the Sound and Vision-section
Fiction and drama are intertwined in this movie, which follows Nick Cave for twenty-four hours. Winner of the Documentary Award at Sundance Film Festival, it has been praised by Rob Nelson from Variety: "This innovative study of Nick Cave playfully disguises itself as fiction while more than fulfilling the requirements of a biographical documentary".
"The Founding Father of Funk", "the Godfather of Soul", "Mr Dynamite", "Soul Brother No. 1", "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business", Mr James Brown! Born in a wooden hut and raised in extreme poverty, James Brown was in prison before his eighteenth birthday. It was there that he began to sing gospel and, upon his release, he climbed his obstinate way to success.
A touching confrontation with death. The frontman of the Dutch band The Scene describes a night in the hospital. When the morphine starts kicking in, the fear of death also sets in. In his hallucinations, he travels across a web of memories, images and emotions, until he almost reaches a state of resignation. A new day begins. Or is it heaven?
This documentary is a portrait of humanity's dependence on technology. Shot in stunning black and white 4K digital resolution. Peter Bradshaw from the Guardian, calls it "a graceful, dreamlike experience". Simon Crook from Empire Magazine describes it as "strange and surreal but with moments of real beauty".
A young jazz drummer is pushed to his limits by the ruthless band conductor at his school. The film won the Audience and Grand Jury awards at the Sundance Film Festival and at Deauville Film Festival. It features the American Indie's rising star Miles Teller, who gives his best performance to date as the young drummer, alongside J.K. Simmons, who is as fearsome as ever as the conductor.
Film and concerts
During Film Fest Gent the Italian prog-rock band Goblin will be playing live music during the screening of the surreal horror classic "Suspiria" at Vooruit on Saturday 18 October.
Suspiria is without a doubt the most timeless of all their soundtracks; from ghostly interludes to intense 'over the top' prog eruptions. Goblin wrote the soundtrack for the film before it even went into production and so Argento made sure image and sound formed one organic whole. Goblin chief and keyboard player Claudio Simonetti introduced new band members to Goblin and they will be playing the soundtrack live to the screening of "Suspiria". Buy your tickets here!