"Ghent still a real film festival"

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10 October 2007 , GHENT – There was never before such a great choice as at the opening of the Ghent Film Festival this year. On Tuesday, in Kinepolis Gent, the VIPs came to watch the gala showing of "Closing The Ring".

10 October 2007

GHENT –  There was never before such a great choice as at the opening of the Ghent Film Festival this year. On Tuesday, in Kinepolis Gent, the VIPs came to watch the gala showing of "Closing The Ring".

Director Lord Richard Attenborough made his appearance there. He praised the Ghent festival as a "real film festival". "I have the feeling that Cannes and Venice have gone for the commercial route", he said.

At the same time, in another theatre, "Die Fälscher" began. "Sand and Sorrow", a documentary about the genocide in Darfur, was shown in 'Vooruit'.

After the premiere on Monday with Michael Moore’s "Sicko", a protest against private healthcare in the U.S., the Ghent Film festival was officially opened on Tuesday. More than 150 films will be shown between 9 and 20 October. "The programme is stronger than ever," says organiser Jacques Dubrulle. He failed, however, to attract many big stars for the 34th edition. The weather gods did not co-operate either on Tuesday.

All cameras were aimed at the jury chairwoman Kathleen Turner("Body Heat") and Lord Attenborough, already well known at the Ghent film festival. A number of Flemish politicians also made it to Ghent. Among them were Kris Peeters, Bert Anciaux, Geert Lambert, Freya Vandenbossche and Pieter De Crem.

In "Closing the Ring", Attenborough tells the story of three war pilots who fall for the same woman.

"Die Fälscher" from Stefan Ruzowitszky takes place in World War II. The film is about a fraudster who is used by the Nazis to produce false dollars and pounds in a concentration camp in order to undermine the allied economy.

"Closing the Ring" received few praising reviews after the press showing. Film critic Jan Temmerman referred to it as "classic, melodramatic and old-fashioned film", a "film from an old man". The (paying) film fans were watching out for the film-wise less interesting but probing story "Sand and Sorrow", a documentary about the genocide in Sudan.

Arab militias, with the support of the government, attempt to "cleanse" the province of Darfur of its non-Arab population. The United Nations estimates that the violence in Darfur in the past year has cost the lives of more than 200,000 people. Two million people have become displaced.

Actor George Clooney, who is known for his efforts to get the "forgotten" conflict on the political agenda, gave his vote to "Sand and Sorrow", and was the co-producer. The Sudanese refugee Rasha performed after the film showing.


[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Belgian news

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