Ghent Film Fest to focus on Asia
Music-oriented fest to have emphasis on ChinaThe 36th Ghent International Film Festival, set to run Oct. 6-17, will focus on Asia -- it's the first time the music-oriented fest has adopted a specific theme -- with particular emphasis on China.
Filmmaker Wang Quan'an and actress Yu Nan will appear as special guests and members of the international jury. The fest will screen four of their films, including Berlin's Golden Bear winner "Tuya's Marriage."
The festival also will pay tribute to Japanese anime art and film with an exhibition, "Anime! High Art -- Pop Culture," at the Caermers Convent in Ghent, displaying hundreds of original drawings, 3-D models and film clips. The exhibition will be open to visitors from Oct. 9-Jan. 10.
Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi, who has worked with directors Wong Kar Wai, Zhang Yimou and Jet Li, will present a live concert on Oct. 15.
The fest will close on Oct. 17 with the ninth World Soundtrack Awards.