44th Film Fest Gent

Yes, it’s October again… Wednesday 11 October Arábia “An intriguingly structured, multilayered road movie in which an ordinary working-class dude looks back over a nation-wandering decade of his life, this second collaboration by the writer-directors is a cumulatively engrossing and ultimately very moving work of clear-eyed political intent.” (The Hollywood Reporter) Thursday 12 October You … Continue reading

43rd Film Fest Gent

October. Film Fest time. Wednesday 12 October Bacalaureat (Graduation) Romeo Aldea (49) has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. On the day before her first written exam, Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardise her entire future. Now Romeo … Continue reading

42nd Film Fest Gent

OK, it would appear I haven’t posted a lot lately: my previous post was the Film Fest post of last year. A lot has happened since then, but maybe not that much interesting. Let’s just stick to “I’ve been too busy to post here.” So, a year later… this was our program for this year’s … Continue reading

41st Film Fest Gent

Another year, another Film Fest Gent. This was our program for this year. Wednesday 15 October Macondo Acclaimed documentary director Sudabeh Mortezai launches her fictional debute with this drama about refugees in Vienna. The story follows the life of an 11-year old Chechen child called Ramasan, who lives with his mother, after the death of … Continue reading

40th Film Fest Gent

This is the selection for this year. Wednesday 9 October Omar 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 … Continue reading

39th Flanders International Film Festival

It’s october. That means that once again it’s time for the film festival here in Ghent. This is the selection for this year: Wednesday 10 October Cesare Deve Morire (Caesar Must Die) The performance of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” comes to an end and the performers are rewarded with rapturous applause. The lights go out; the … Continue reading

38th Flanders International Film Festival

And yes, it’s once again that time of the year: the international film festival in Ghent. This year I found the time for 11 films and as usual I’ll give you the list of those films. Tuesday 11 october The magic trip Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood’s “Magic Trip” is a freewheeling portrait of Ken … Continue reading

37th Flanders International Film Festival

OK, a bit too late this year because I already saw one film, but as usual here’s my program for the film festival this year. Just the titles and abstracts for now. Some reviews might follow later. Thursday 14 October Bornova Bornova “Bornova Bornova” is set at a time when dreams have dwindled and sanity is … Continue reading

A man without qualities

Last friday I went to the theater to watch the first part of The Man Without Qualities by the company Toneelhuis. The short abstract taken from their website should be sufficient to understand the basic storyline for those of you not familiar with the book: The first part of a trilogy based on the novel … Continue reading

Let’s go see a movie… for free

Browsing through some old bookmarks I just discovered that the film Sita Sings The Blues has been released under a Creative Commons license and can now be freely watched, downloaded and redistributed. OK, there are some small issues with some songs. Nevertheless a great initiative of the maker Nina Paley. Here’s the link: http://www.sitasingstheblues.com. Go … Continue reading