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Ghent awards 'A Quiet Passion', Jeremy Thomas, Ryuichi Sakamoto

24 October 2016 4:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jury led by Jeremy Thomas awards Terence Davies title with top award.

The 43rd annual Film Festival Ghent (Oct 11-21) awarded Terence DaviesA Quiet Passion with the Grand Prix for Best Film.

Shot largely at Aed Studios in Antwerp, the Emily Dickinson biopic is a UK-Belgium co-production.

The international jury was led by Jeremy Thomas. The veteran UK producer was also recognised by the festival for his contribution to cinema, receiving the lifetime achievement award.

Ahead of the closing-night screening of Belgian film-maker Bavo Defurne’s romantic drama Souvenir, Thomas and his jury – including Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung, author Jonathan Coe and actresses Maaike Neuville, Lina El Arabi and India Hair – handed out the prizes.

Davies’ A Quiet Passion win came with $47.500 (€43,500) in prize money; special mention went to Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s Glory.

The Georges Delerue Award for best score went to Us producer/composer Johnny Jewel for Fien Troch’s Home »

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Ken Loach kicks off Film Fest Gent

12 October 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British director’s Palme d’Or winning film opened the 43rd edition of the festival.

I, Daniel Blake director Ken Loach and actress Hayley Squires were in Ghent, Belgium last night (Oct 11) for the opening of the 43rd Film Fest Gent.

Loach, tireless at age 80, passionately introduced his Palme d’Or winning drama five times in five separate cinema screens at the Kinepolis multiplex. Loach said, “This is a story we needed to share. It is in a sense about how we choose to live together.”

The veteran director also held a Q&A away from the red carpet, at a public screening at the Vooruit, a venue that has long been associated with socialist causes, where the audience gave him a lengthy standing ovation.

Festival artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher said he wanted to open the festival with I, Daniel Blake because it offered a shared artistic experience “without excluding social and political relevance.”

Loach was also »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Ghent film fest to honour 'Revenant' composer Ryuichi Sakamoto

17 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival’s soundtrack awards will have a TV focus this year, including performances of the Fargo and House Of Cards [picturted] soundtracks.

Film Festival Ghent’s World Soundtrack Awards will this year focus on music for television.

At this year’s Cannes, festival director Patrick Duynslaegher has confirmed that attendees at the festival, which runs Ocr 11-21, will include David Arnold, Hans Richter, Jeff Russo and Jeff Beal.

The festival has also introduced a new prize, which is the Best Original Score for a Television Series and Mini-Series.

Music from series like Fargo, Homeland, House Of Cards, Madmen and Sherlock will be performed at a special concert by the Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir.

Japanese composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Revenant) will be in town to receive the festival’s main prize, the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.

There will be concerts both of contemporary TV music and also one of old TV classics such as »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Sundance: Sandy Hook Documentary ‘Newtown’ Unites 17 Composers for Emotional Score

20 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Newtown,” which debuts this weekend at Sundance, has what may be the most ambitious score of any movie in the festival: 17 different composers contributed music, all because they were moved by the subject matter.

Newtown” deals with the aftermath of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 20 first-graders and six staffers were killed in the second-deadliest mass shooting by a gunman in U.S. history.

Composer Fil Eisler (“Revenge,” “Empire”), Czech-born but now an American citizen with a 4-year-old daughter, remembers a conversation with producer Maria Cuomo Cole in which he expressed his outrage at yet another massacre. (“I’m scared of her growing up in this country,” he said.) Then Cole told him she was working on a film about Sandy Hook.

“The floor just fell out from under me,” Eisler recalls. “I didn’t ever want to see that film, much less score it.” But the more he thought about it, »

- Jon Burlingame

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