Cinematic and musical galore as never experienced before
Mainly focusing on the art of film music, Film Fest Ghent puts a spotlight on an often underestimated, even neglected branch of the film industry from the 12th of October up until the 23rd. For the 48th year, the annual festival will bring unique films and events across several theatres in the city centre of Ghent, during which film music acts as the protagonist. In doing so, the importance of the score as a third character is being emphasized. Belief in the impact of film and cinephilia on society has propelled this festival since its very beginning. Get comfortable and grab your snacks, as we’ve carefully selected three movies and two events worthy of your attention.
Text by Victor Seys
Here comes the sun in a little yellow submarine, as the world-renowned Beatles deliver an astonishing contribution to this year’s Film Fest. In short, this musical documentary displays a unique historical chronicle of the love affair between The Beatles and India that has endured more than half a century, from the very first sitar notes to the legendary recordings of Wonderwall Music. This film is a chance to discover the first serious exploration of how India shaped the development of the greatest ever rock band and their pioneering task to bridge two vastly different cultures together. Better not let this one be!
The summer of 1969 is oftentimes associated solely with the infamous Woodstock festival. Little do many know that just one hundred miles south, another epic event was being held: celebrating Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks, Harlem Cultural Festival hosted iconic artists such as Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and many more. The footage was largely forgotten – until now. This is a powerful and transporting musical documentary by rookie filmmaker Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, shining a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being. Summer of Soul is an important, unforgettable testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present.
After making countless clubs and festivals relentlessly shake to their foundations, the French maestro of house and techno music has now found his way towards the big screen. Shot over the last three years, this film immerses you into the exceptional, yet everyday life of one of the most respected DJs in the world. The result is an extraordinary and unique insight that draws an intimate portrait of the man behind the legend, the legend behind the decks. It is also through the eyes of this very legend that you’ll be able to see, feel and hear the worldwide rise of techno and dance music. Dancing is allowed!
Film Fest Ghent and Voo?uit join forces once more for a series of exclusive evenings which will combine film and live music. On the 16th of October, the fresh Ghentian collective of Proeftuin is throwing a 4D-rave with dark techno hotshot BLENDMODE and the mighty Parrish Smith. For the occasion, they’ll transform the Balzaal into a futuristic rave basement where all sinners of the night can find peace in a range of underground electronica and artistic crossovers. Be ready for pounding kicks and rolling basslines shivering down your spine, supported by carefully designed live visuals.
Lolina is an electronic musician out of London, also known for her past projects as Inga Copeland. Using mainly CDJ players to loop, scratch, transpose and manipulate existing records, she developed her own distinguishable style. This so-called ‘cut up style’ can also be heard on her releases ‘Live in Geneva’ and ‘Who is experimental music?’, both 2019. Dare to push your existing musical boundaries whilst turning your body and mind over to the experimental and daring sound of Lolina. 23rd of October, better mark the date!