the Filmfestival is comming to Ghent and this time I'am not gonna miss it!
The Ghent Film Festival — Where music sets the tone

The Ghent Film Festival was established in 1974 as a students' film festival, and has since developed into one of Europe's most prominent film events. Every year in October, the festival presents some 120 features and 50 shorts from all across the world. A range of different film programs are showcased, attracting over 100,000 viewers each year. The International Federation of Film Producers Associations (IFFPA) recognises this festival as a competitive festival primarily geared towards the 'impact of music on film'. There are 4 awards up for grabs and around 15 entrants.

With its focus on film music, the Ghent Film Festival has its own unique place in international festivals. Every year, the festival organises film music concerts, giving composers of film scores the platform they deserve. Composers such as Ennio Morricone, Gabriel Yared, Elmer Bernstein, Michael Kamen, Patrick Doyle, Howard Shore, Georges Delerue, Hans Zimmer, Maurice Jarre, Craig Armstrong, Harry-Gregson Williams, Michael Danna, Gustavo Santaolalla are some of the many film music legends who have already taken the stage at Ghent.

Since 2001, the Ghent Film Festival has also organised the World Soundtrack Awards, the most prestigious soundtrack awards in the world. Each year, the best soundtrack composers are honoured and receive international recognition for their work. This pioneering role has certainly had an impact. Ghent has grown into a meeting point for established and up-and-coming musical talent and ever greater numbers of festivals play soundtracks from the wings. Since 2004, even the European Film Academy – encouraged by the Ghent Film Festival - has honoured the best European soundtrack composers.

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Variety placed the festival in it's top 50 must attend festivals of the world because of this focus on (film)music. American financial news paper The Wall Street Journal called the festival one of the five European Film Festivals with character!

Yet there is more to the Ghent Film Festival than just soundtracks alone. Every year, numerous international guests from the world of film flock to Ghent to present their films to the general public. Over the past years, the festival has welcomed filmmakers such as Kathleen Turner, Viggo Mortensen, David Cronenberg, Mike Leigh, François Ozon, Jeanne Moreau, Gina Lollobrigida, Tom Tykwer, Lord Richard Attenborough, Todd Haynes, Sir Peter Ustinov, Walter Hill, Danny Glover, Sidney Pollack, Jane Birkin, Luc Besson, Mike Figgis, Morgan Freeman, Faith Akin, Andy Garcia, Melanie Griffith, Robert Altman, Juliette Binoche, Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Ken Loach and Michael Haneke.

In addition to the screenings, the Ghent Film Festival also organises film-related exhibitions. Thus the prestigious Stanley Kubrick exhibition, which was previously shown in Berlin, Melbourne and Frankfurt-am-Main, was brought to Ghent before other world cities such as Rome, Paris and London. Film fanatics have also been able to see exhibitions of film maker Peter Greenaway, animation film maker Raoul Servais, and the large exhibition Cités-Cinés with over 450,000 visitors. The Ghent Film Festival will continue to keep a close watch on international film developments in order to organise a festival that is as captivating as possible. To this end, a fresh, young team works hard day after day.

The 36th edition of the Ghent Film Festival is scheduled for October 6th-17th, 2009. Once again 'The impact of music on film' is the overall theme. More than 200 films will be shown at Kinepolis Gent, Sphinx, Studio Skoop and Arts Centre Vooruit.



17/10 20:00-22:00 in Muziekcentrum De Bijloke Gent

The composers Alexandre Desplat and Marvin Hamlisch will be the guests of honour at the 9th World Soundtrack Awards, the key event of the 36th Ghent Film Festival on Saturday 17 October in Music Centre De Bijloke in Ghent. The Brussels Philharmonic will be playing music from The Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Queen, The Painted Veil and Lust Caution among others. The American composer Marvin Hamlisch, who created unforgettable music for films such as The Way We Were and The Sting, will receive the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.

The presentation of the World Soundtrack Awards and the accompanying concert of film music is an annual highpoint for lovers of film music. The international film music world will be there in Ghent to hear the best film music of the moment performed live by the Brussels Philharmonic. This year the programme will include music by Alexandre Desplat and Marvin Hamlisch.

Alexandre Desplat is part of the new class of French film music composers and made his reputation in 2003 with the soundtrack for The Girl with the Pearl Earring. This was followed by impressive scores for films that included Birth, Syriana, The Queen and The Painted Veil. He won the Golden Globe in 2007 for the soundtrack of the latter. The same year he was named Film Composer of the Year at the 7th World Soundtrack Awards. On Saturday 17 October, the Brussels Philharmonic, under the direction of Alexandre Desplat himself, will perform the music from The Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Queen, The Painted Veil, Lust Caution, Birth, The Golden Compass and Benjamin Button.

In addition to Alexandre Desplat, the American composer
Marvin Hamlisch will also take the spotlight. He will receive a World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award for the contributions he has made during his rich career. Hamlisch is a much-lauded composer and arranger who has composed music for films, musicals and television. He won three Oscars, two for The Way We Were by Sydney Pollack with Barbra Streisand and one for the music forThe Sting by George Roy Hill with Paul Newman. Hamlisch also wrote the music for the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me and for the famous musical A Chorus Line. Together with composer Richard Rodgers he is the only artist to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize. Other winners of the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award include Angelo Badalamenti, Mikis Theodorakis, Peer Raben, Maurice Jarre, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Sir George Martin and Elmer Bernstein.

Young film music talent is also represented with the composer
Marc Streitenfeld who carried off the World Soundtrack Discovery Award last year with his soundtrack for American Gangster by Ridley Scott. The Brussels Philharmonic under the direction of Dirk Brossé will also play music by the winner of the first composition competition organised by the World Soundtrack Academy for young European composers with the support of Sabam.

Tickets for the World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony and Concert are now available. All tickets (€75/€55) are reception afterwards included, in presence of the composers. Please mail todaniella@filmfestival.be for more info.

Official site: World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert


Museum M

Amid circuses and princesses, Leuven opens Museum M

The opening on 20 September is under royal patronage, with Princess Mathilde of Belgium and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands lending the initials of their names to the official ceremony. This entire week, the city hosts a festival of music and arts, culminating in a circus performance at the museum.




Flanders is a region teeming with history and atmosphere and wherever you wander you will find café terraces, lively markets, gastronomic restaurants and great shopping.

But while many people are familiar with Brussels' sights such as the Grote Markt, the Atomium and Manneken Pis, there is so much more to discover in Flanders. Here are ten tips for an unforgettable visit to our region that will have you coming back for more!

In Flanders, public transport makes moving around quick, safe and easy. A trip from Brussels to Antwerp only takes 40 minutes by train. All of the other main sites are within less than 1 hour from Brussels. This gives you the freedom to see and experience a lot in a very short time.

The language in Flanders is Dutch but the people generally speak French, English and German fluently and with pleasure. In Flanders, language is no barrier!


The people of Flanders are true connoisseurs of life. The culinary culture is part of our history and Belgians love to share it with visitors. Wherever you go in Flanders you will find attractive restaurants, taverns and cafés serving well prepared food, whether it's gourmet dishes cooked by a top chef or chips at a local chip shop. Prepare to be delighted!

TIPS: Make sure you sample some of our local specialties:
Gentse Waterzooi (chicken and vegetable stew), Vlaamse Stoofcarbonades (Carbonnade à la Flamande), Endive with ham and cheese, Mussels with Chips, Brussels Wafflesand More. Every city has its own local delicacies: Antwerp hands, Hasselt speculoos, etc. HAVE A TASTE AND TAKE SOME HOME!


Discover for yourself why we have such a fantastic reputation for chocolate. Our pralines are real works of art.

TIPS: visit a Chocolate Museum and learn all there is to know about chocolate.
www.choco-story.be,Planète Chocolat, www.planetechocolat.be You will find beautiful chocolate shops tempting you with their creations on every corner: don't forget to TAKE SOME HOME!


Nowhere else on the globe will you find so many different types of beer: Belgium is the world's number one beer country. Note: most of the special beers have a high alcohol content. They are made for savouring, not for quaffing in large quantities.

TIP: there are more than one
hundred breweries in the country. Most of them are open to visitors. For details, go to
www.beerparadise.be, www.beerinflanders.be or ask at a Tourist Information Office.


Flemish cities offer the visitor the oppertunity to experience the living past. Bruges is a special example: nowhere else in Europe have the monuments of a city's rich medieval history been preserved as they have in Bruges. UNESCO has recognised this and the entire city centre designated a world heritage site.

TIP: take a romantic
boat trip through the Bruges 'Reien' (small canals) or take a ride in a caleche (horse-drawn carriage) through the cobbled streets. (


The past and the present are both vibrantly alive in our stunning cities. While cities of Flanders are treasure troves of history with lovely, historic centres, there are also buzzing, enterprising cities that have embraced the 21st century with open arms.

TIPS: Local café? Wine bar? Lounge bar? Fashionable brasserie? Flanders abounds with fun and relaxing places to drink and enjoy a snack. Highlights include the cafés on the Graslei in Ghent and on the old market in Leuven. Also, take a stroll around one of our peaceful and exquisitely preserved beguinages in Kortrijk, Leuven and Mechelen.


Brussels has about a hundred buildings dating from the art nouveau period, many by the renowned architect Victor Horta. Antwerp and Ghent also have their share of art nouveau treasures waiting to be discovered by the discerning visitor.

TIPS: you can select an
art nouveau walking tour of Brussels at
www.brusselsartnouveau.be or pick up an Art Nouveau walking map at the Information Office. There is a good brasserie with an amazing view over Brussels at the top of theMusical Instrument Museum. (hofberg 2, stunning art nouveau building!)


The impact of the 'Antwerp Six' is ever present in the fashion boutiques of Antwerp. These innovative designers have transformed this city into a leading fashion centre. Brussels too has everthing to offer the stylish shopper.

TIPS: Visit the Modenatie Fashion Museum. In the Lombardenvest and Steenhouwersvest, you will find the leading international names alongside Antwerp designers. In addition to exclusive boutiques, the Kammenstraat is also home to vendors of streetwear for the stylish, young and trendy. Go trend-shopping in the Antoine Dansaerstraat in Brussels. You can find an overview of Brussels fashion shops at
Visit the famous Antwerop Diamond Quarter, near the central station, where trade - and shopping for diamonds! - is concentrated. You will find the largest diamond showroom here: 'Diamondland'.


From old painting and valuable antiques to fun curios: Flanders has it all. Renowned antique shops and buzzing antique and flea markets at the weekends offer something for every taste and budget.

TIPS: on the Grote Zavel
(Grand Sablon) in Brussels, you will find antique shops as well as a lively market on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Visit the largest antique and curiosities market in the Benelux, every sunday from 6am - 1pm in Tongeren. Stroll from one lively market to the other on sundays in Ghent: antiques and curiosities, flowers, crafts, and so forth.


From the Flemish primitives to modern art: our artists are know all over the world. You can admire many of the masterpieces of Flemish art in our prestigious museums.

Hieronymus Bosch, Belgian Expressionists, ... Museum voor Schone Kunsten, (Museum of Fine Arts), Citadelpark - Gent. Flemish Primitives (Van Eyck, Memling, Van Der Weyden, etc.) Groeninge Museum - Bruges.Ensor, Fouquet, Rubens: Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Leopold De Waelplaats - Antwerp. Magritte Museum: Place Royale - Brussels.


If you need bigger spaces and a change of pace, take the train and head for the North Sea. There are 67 kilometres of fine sandy beaches for an invigorating walk, or why not spend an hour or two in one of our lively coastal towns? Each has its own character and its own range of activities and dining opportunities.

TIPS: Ostend is a
cosmopolitan city-by-the-sea with a harbour and many cultural offerings such as the Ensor Houseand the Mu.Zee (Modern Art). There are exciting events programmed throughout the year.
From March to October this year, you can view works of art on the beach up and down the coast as part of the
Beaufort 03 Project, organised as a joint effort by the coastal communities. Programme and information: Mu.Zee or the Tourist Information Offices of the coastal towns.
Explore the coastline by bike! Pick up the
Coast Bicycle Touring map at the information office.

Fears of flood of immigrants unfounded

google doesn't deserve this criticism

Our beloved Google doesn't deserve this criticism

Scientists have found out where from the beautiful women are comming

University of Helsinki researchers found that during evolution, women have become more beautiful and attractive, while men are still somehow stay at there looks at the level of a caveman.At least this is the case in Finland and neighboring countries.

In addition, researchers learned that beautiful women tend to have more children and mostly girls - which further increases the number of beautiful women.

According to experts, the reason for this - in the struggle for survival. Beautiful girls have a wider selection of "fans", and therefore the future for themselves and their children. As for the men, their appearance often compensated by material well-being.


Putin on the Ritz

Certainly, being a precedent of the country,that passing trough the turbulent currents of the History, is quite a challenging task.But if there is a place for some fun and dance..?
According to this video, (made on 80s remake of Andrews Sisters 'Putting On The Ritz' by artist called Tako ), defiantly -" yes !"

The Red Navy Singers, Dancers & Musicians perform "Let it be"

Nice, funny and touching moment in the history
of the" clash of the cultures."
Beatles song sang by The Red Navy Singers,
Dancers & Musicians in 1989...Look at all this costumes and the
incredible devotion of the soloist - priceless !!!!.
Currently voted on "you tube" as a worst "Beatles" cover ever.

Why don’t you give me something for the memory

Putin runs out of timepieces at weapons factory

For the second time this year Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has parted with his watch. Earlier, he presented one to a shepherd’s son, and this Monday he gave his new one to a weapons factory worker.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L)
visiting the KBP Instrument
Design Bureau )

The incident described in detail by Kommersant newspaper happened during Putin’s visit to Tula’s famous “Instrument Design Bureau”, the manufacturer of precision weapons from sniper rifles to air defense systems. The prime minister was touring the factory handling different small arms produced there and talking to employees.

One of the workers, Viktor Zagaevsky, after a conversation with Putin suddenly suggested: “Why don’t you give me something for the memory.”

Putin showed that he had no suitable memorabilia with him and said: “What could I give you?”Putin inquired. “Maybe your watch,” the worker replied bluntly. “Take it,” the prime minister said, adding that he gave a similar watch to a shepherd boy when he was on vacation in the Tyva region.

Tula’s Instrument Design Bureau worker
Viktor Zagaevsky displays a watch
presented to him by Russian Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin
The Blancpain watch cost the head of the Russian government $6,000, as he later commented to journalists. He said he likes the model.

Zagaevsky was later asked if he felt awkward about twisting Putin’s arm into giving him the present.

“Why should I? I’ve met the man for the first time in my life. And probably for the last time,” the newspaper cites him as saying. He added he was aiming for Putin’s pen when he raised the issue initially.

Vladimir Putin gave a laundry list of presents on various occasions both to officials and ordinary people, many of them quite peculiar. Those included a Christmas tree for a city in Russia’s Far East on a small girl’s request, Russian citizenship, Labrador pups and plumbing repairs.

Kirill Pokrovsky - Divine Divinity OST - Roads Shaded By Green Eaves

Kirill Pokrovsky Divine Divinity OST Roads Shaded By Green Eaves

The Crop Circle Phenomenon

The Crop Circle Phenomenon

Strange and Elaborate Geometric Shapes Around the World

Who is responsible for the creation of crop circles? Are they messages from extraterrestrials? This post takes a look at some possible explanations.

These enigmatic designs found on rural properties around the world are a constant source of puzzlement and wonder to the human race. Just what are these unusual formations meant to communicate? Are alien beings trying to tell us something? Or are they the result of natural forces? Like the debate surrounding the possible existence of extraterrestrials, the crop circle phenomenon has many questions but few answers. However, it's clear there are forces at work which we can scarcely understand.

A Long History

There is a documented case from 17th century England which tells of a farmer who refused to pay the fee demanded by the man who mowed his field. He then said "I would rather have the devil himself do the job." According to the story he got his wish. The next morning he looked out to his field and there were several circular patterns which were so exact that nothing within was left standing. Since then these peculiar designs have popped up all over the globe, especially in the United Kingdom near Stonehenge. Other countries have had their share too, including the United States and China. People are asking why they are appearing, and who or what is creating them.

There Are Many Ideas About How They Are Made

Some say it's the work of aliens. Others believe they are a sign from God. And still others have claimed to have done it by hand, but the results have been invariably sloppy and geometrically imperfect when viewed up close. One accepted theory is they are made by natural forces such as whirlwinds and tornadoes. If this idea is feasible then it stands to reason that corn stalks would be yanked out of the ground and strewn several hundred feet in all directions, but virtually no crop circle discoveries have pointed to a powerful storm as a source of creation. If you take a closer look at some crop circle images photographed from the air, you'll notice most of them are incredibly complex and intricate. It's not likely these designs could be done quickly without the aid of special tools and equipment. In fact, these strange drawings are for the most part flawless with perfect symmetry and not one stalk of corn broken, much less damaged in any way, and some witnesses have insisted they can appear almost spontaneously. One example is a sighting near Devizes, England which took place very early in the morning on August 11, 1996. The photographer recorded about 18 seconds of footage which clearly showed a crop formation appearing near Oliver's Castle.

So, the question is, excluding the obvious hoaxes, what kind of machine could produce these images in so short a time?

The Mystery Continues

Another unexplained aspect is the altered state of electromagnetism within crop circles. If you had a compass it would not point in a northerly direction inside a crop circle. Cameras and cellular phones do not work when standing inside crop circle boundaries, and radio frequencies go up and down constantly. Farm animals will avoid going near the site of a crop circle and there are reports of mechanical failures within jets and airplanes when pilots fly over them

There are many theories for their existence:

  • Whirlwind Vortex
  • Plasma Vortex
  • Earth Energies
  • Extra-Terrestrial Origin
  • Underground Archaeological
  • Chemical Applications (no longer considered)
  • Hoaxes
  • God Force
  • Military Experimentation

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