Magazine article Screen International

Film Fest Gent Reveals Nordic, Japanese Programmes

Magazine article Screen International

Film Fest Gent Reveals Nordic, Japanese Programmes

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Film Fest Gent's 43rd edition (Oct 11-21) is planning a focus on Nordic cinema and a spotlight on Japan.

Titles showing in the Nordic Focus include The Yard (Yarden) by Måns Månsson from Sweden, the Swedish/Norwegian/Danish drama A Serious Game by Pernilla August and Norwegian children's film Solan & Ludwig: The Big Cheese Race by Rasmus A. Sivertsen.

"By dedicating our film programme to Nordic Cinema, we aim to show that strong, intelligent and moving drama from the countries of the Northern Lights is not restricted to crime literature and popular TV series, but can also be found in the present-day film production of the area," said festival artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher.

"With movies that are not as heavy and dark as one might expect, filled with deadpan humor, psychological finesse, tantalizing sensuality, weird comedy and a heavy portion of social commitment. Scandinavian, Finnish and Icelandic filmmakers masterfully succeed in reconciling their various artistic inspirations to the ever-changing commercial needs, which often makes it difficult to pinpoint their style," he added.

The spotlight on Japan is timed to coincide with this year's 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Belgium. …

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