40th Film Fest Gent

40th Flanders International Film Festival

This is the selection for this year.

Wednesday 9 October


The drama, the story of three childhood friends and a young woman who are torn apart in their fight for freedom, is billed as the first fully-financed film to come out of the Palestinian cinema industry.

Thursday 10 October

The Selfish Giant

Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story of the same name, The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about two teenage boys who get caught up in the world of copper theft. The second feature from writer/director Clio Barnard (The Arbor).

Friday 11 October

Taxi Driver

Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in NY. He spends his time working as a taxi driver at night. He’s a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession.

Saturday 12 October

Shirley: Visions of Reality

Shirley is a woman in America. A woman who would like to influence the course of history with her professional ans socio-political involvement. Shirley, an attractive, charismatic, committed, emancipated woman.

Cold Bloom

Hitachi city, Ibaraki prefecture, east central Japan, the present day. Shiori and her husband Sasho Kenji work together in a small metal-pressing factory run by Kimura and are planning to have a family. Following the March 2011 earthquake, the city, on Japan’s east coast, is still coping with the economic and psychological fall-out.

Sunday 13 October

The Manchurian Candidate

Major Ben Marco is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He served as a captain in the Korean war and his Sergeant, Raymond Shaw, even won the Medal of Honor. Marco has a problem however: he has a recurring nightmare, one where two members of his squad are killed by Shaw.

L’inconnu du Lac

Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.

Monday 14 October

Like Father, Like Son

Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth. He must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

Tuesday 15 October

The Lunchbox

Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband.

Wednesday 16 October


A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs.

Thursday 17 October

Bandes Originales: Lalo Schifrin & Bruno Coulais

Composer, pianist and conductor, Lalo Schifrin is a true “renaissance artist”, whose talent contributed significantly to the musical vocabulary of the 20th century. He has also had historic impact in the jazz and classical worlds. With more than one hundred and fifty film music, Bruno Coulais is the most known and the most singular of the film music composers.

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