'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' to Open Ghent Film Festival

7:16 AM PST 09/19/2011 by Scott Roxborough

John Le Carre adaptation from "Let the Right One In" director Thomas Alfredson stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth.

COLOGNE, Germany - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the film adaptation of John Le Carre's classic spy tale from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson, will open this year's Ghent International Film Festival on Oct. 11. The thriller stars Gary Oldman as fusty British spy George Smiley. Colin FirthTom Hardy and John Hurt also star. Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.

The film, and its Swedish helmer, tie in thematically with the Ghent festival, which will focus on suspense and Scandinavian for its 38th edition. Other Nordic titles in the lineup include Beyond from Pernilla August, starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Norwegian drama The Mountain from Ole Glaever and Frit Fald by Danish director Heidi Maria Faisst.

Two of Norway's best-known directors, Bent Hamer and Erik Poppe, are on the Ghent jury. The 2011 Ghent Film Festival runs Oct.11-22.

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