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(05-10-2017) Science at the film festival? It’s possible!

Ghent University and Ghent Film Festival are teaming up to offer a unique and in-depth programme at this 44th edition of the festival, from 10 to 20 October 2017.

Science café

Coming out? About LGBTQ in the film

A special edition of the Ghent Science Café in which Frederik Dhaenens and Sofie Van Bauwel (Department of Communication Sciences, Ghent University) each shed light, in an approachable manner, on sexual and gender diversity in film based on their own expertise. The speakers address a number of problems and, in doing so, make use of fragments from Die Büchse der Pandora (Pabst, 1929), The Children’s Hour (Wyler, 1961), Plata Quemada (Piñeyro, 2000), Le Temps Qui Reste (Ozon, 2005), and 52 Tuesdays (Hyde, 2014). They will also take a look at LGBTQ coverage in the current edition of Ghent Film Festival and discuss a number of films on show during the festival in more depth. Tina De Gendt will moderate.

Film Festival Ghent University lectures

Professors swap their auditorium for the cinema in the Film Festival Ghent University lectures, and show films and give lessons on topics aligned with their area of expertise. The programme includes innovative lectures on matters such as social inequality & gender stratification, politics & media, love & hatred, human physiology, etc. Each one starts with a short introduction, followed by the film. These are followed by a discussion with a Q&A session. Those wishing to continue their discussions can do so in the festival café. Students required to follow these lectures can attend for free, but everyone is welcome!

Una giornata particolare (Ettore Scola, 1977)

  • Jono Van Belle and Lennart Soberon (Department of Communication Sciences). The dynamics of love and hatred are often the emotional focus of our film experience. During this lecture, Jono and Lennart talk about the ways filmmakers play on our likes and dislikes, as well as how these can be related to our broader social context.
  • Friday, 13 October 2017 at 9.30 a.m. in Kinepolis Ghent.
  • Everyone welcome! Students following this course may attend for free. There is a discount for Ghent University staff and young people. Tickets and info: www.filmfestival.be

Ta peau si lisse (Denis Côté, 2017)

  • Professor Wim Derave (Department of Physical and Sports Science). The documentary Ta peau si lisse portrays how bodybuilders turn the transformation of skeletal muscle tissue into an art form. However, which physiological principles are behind this hypertrophy, and is it really possible without the use of anabolic steroids? 
  • Monday, 16 October 2017 at 9.30 a.m. in Kinepolis Ghent.
  • Everyone welcome! Students following this course may attend for free. There is a discount for Ghent University staff and young people. Tickets and info: www.filmfestival.be

La battaglia di Algeri (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)

  • Professor Daniël Biltereyst (Department of Communication Sciences) discusses La battaglia di Algeri, now regarded as a classical historic war film. However, the controversy surrounding the film went beyond simply how Gillo Pontecorvo portrayed the horror of war during the Algerian liberation struggle. The introduction to this unique film helps us to understand the controversy around it.
  • Tuesday, 17 October 2017 at 9.30 a.m. in Kinepolis Gent
  • Everyone welcome! Students following this course may attend for free. There is a discount for Ghent University staff and young people. Tickets and info: www.filmfestival.be

Video essays: between the thought and the deed

  • Video essays – short audio-visual productions made for the internet – confront both academics and film fans with very diverse aspects of film and television. How can such video essays be a worthwhile and autonomous alternative for classical thinking on the audio-visual arts? David Verdeure (Filmscalpel) gathers over a dozen video essays offering interesting – and new – insights into and views of the role of video essays in the current context of film critique.
  • Tuesday, 17 October 2017 at 2.30 p.m. in KASK
  • Everyone welcome! Students following this course may attend for free. There is a discount for Ghent University staff and young people. Tickets and info: www.filmfestival.be

Battle of the Sexes (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, 2017)

  • Professor Piet Bracke (Department of Sociology) tackles social stratification and gender inequality.
  • Thursday, 19 October 2017 at 9.30 a.m. in Kinepolis Ghent.
  • Everyone welcome! Students following this course may attend for free. There is a discount for Ghent University staff and young people. Tickets and info: www.filmfestival.be

The Reagan Show (Sierra Pettengill & Pacho Velez, 2017)

  • Professor Sarah Van Leuven (Department of Communication Sciences) goes deeper into the relationship between politics and media. We analyse who is given access to the media from the perspective of political sciences and communication sciences. We use Gadi Wolfsfeld’s book, Making Sense of Media & Politics (2011) as a basis and apply five main principles to predict political players that will be given media attention and that will not, which we illustrate with the film, The Reagan Show.
  • Friday, 20 October 2017 at 9.30 a.m. in Kinepolis Ghent.
  • Everyone welcome! Students following this course may attend for free. There is a discount for Ghent University staff and young people. Tickets and info: www.filmfestival.be

Subtitles by Ghent University

The partnership between the Film Festival and the current Department of Translating, Interpreting, and Communication dates back to 1988. Each year, students work in pairs to provide subtitles for a number of films that have not (yet) been launched in Dutch-speaking countries and for which Dutch subtitles are not (yet) available. The students also project their subtitles live during the shows as part of their training. During this 44th edition of the Ghent Film Festival, students will provide subtitles for all kinds of films, including: 1945, The Butcher, The Whore,…, The Fixer, Butterfly Kisses, Norman, Tom of Finland, Call me By Your Name, Two Irenes, Marshall, Tesnota, Levelling, The, England Is Mine.

Urgent.fm

Radio station Urgent.fm will be reporting live from the film festival, featuring exciting reportages and interviews.

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