Ghent film fest to honor Jacques Tati

Late director-actor-comedian to be focus of exhibition

The Ghent International Film Festival will honor the late French director, actor and comedian Jacques Tati with an exhibition called "In Double Quick Time."

Produced by the Cinematheque Francaise in collaboration with Les Films de Mon Oncle, the exhibition is a collaboration between the fest and the East Flanders Cultural Center. The exhibit will run through Jan. 16.

Tati's body of work from 1949-74 includes numerous classics, beginning with "Jour de Fete." His pointed, off-kilter criticism of modernism was evident in all of his films including "Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot" (1953), "Mon Oncle" (1958), and "Trafic" (1971). The Monsieur Hulot character in "Trafic" was the perfect personification of the Tati touch.

A 310-page catalog will be produced for the exhibition.

The fest also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the World Soundtrack Awards, which will feature 11 top film composers performing with the Belgian Philharmonic Orchestra: Oscar winners Howard Shore (the "Lord of the Rings trilogy), Elliot Goldenthal ("Interview With the Vampire"), Gabriel Yared ("The English Patient"), Gustavo Santaolalla ("Brokeback Mountain") and Stephen Warbeck ("Shakespeare in Love") as well as Angelo Badalamenti ("Twin Peaks"), Craig Armstrong ("Ray"), Alberto Iglesias ("Volver"), Bruno Coulais ("The Chorus"), Frederic Devreese ("Un Soir, un Train") and Nico Muhly ("The Reader").

"Film music is a singular force in making motion pictures an emotional experience, which is why it has superstar status at Ghent," fest head Jacques Dubrulle said.

Also, five-time Oscar winner John Barry ("Dances With Wolves," "Born Free") will join the list of composers in a concert of his music and will receive the fest's Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 37th edition of the fest runs Oct. 12-23 in the northern Belgian city.
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