Tarō Araki (click here to know more) so I made a little
presentation for him.
Listen to my songs ,
while browsing , - this is all the meaning of multitasking , multimedia experience.
"Interbellum Project" and "Need for Speed -Shift" If you into racing games (as I am lately, because I have no "real" car at the moment :)
Bunny Project at Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden
Performance commissioned by Kalmar Museum of Art, Sweden. During the inauguration of the new art museum in Kalmar a suspicious individual sneaked around the premises mounting sculptures made of carrots, alarm clocks, red and blue cables, metal wire and tape. On direct orders from the Swedish secret police the performance was stopped since the Culture Minister refused to give her inaugural speech if it were to continue. The speech , as it later turned out, was about how art must be allowed to be free and provocative.
Baring more than soul
The new Flemish film by director Felix van Groeningen (called The Misfortunates in English) will open the 36th edition of the Flanders International Film Festival on 6 October, a splashy red carpet evening of movies, champagne and celeb spotting. Although the opening film is always chosen for its broad appeal to both a general audience and critics, this year the excitement is mounting a bit higher than usual. Helaasheid has everything: it’s a local production by a very exciting young director; it’s based on the uproariously popular 2006 novel by Flemish literature’s badboyDimitri Verhulst; it’s a mixture of humour, drama, tragedy and hope; it features an excellent cast of well-respected actors; and it is Flemish through and through. And there’s the bicycle race – a singular image that combines pure Flemish folk tale with the thrill of victory. Even we could not resist it.
Director Felix van Groeningen could also not resist the temptation to take what does not amount to more than a few lines in the novel and make it part of the story of four unemployed brothers who sleep all day, drink all night and, in between, half-heartedly raise a circumspect 13-year-old boy. Having read Flemish writer Dimitri Verhulst’s first few books, Van Groeningen knew he wanted to do something with De helaasheid der dingenbefore he even read it. “I bought it with the express purpose of making a film out of it,” he says. “And then half-way through I thought, no way, this is not possible.” Helaasheid is made up of anecdotal stories from Verhulst’s childhood with a drunken, violent father and three boorish uncles. With a very loose narrative structure, its power is in the language. Finally, Van Groeningen reached the page in the book where an adult Verhulst tells his senile grandmother, living in a nursing home, how much he appreciates how she took care of him. “I just started crying, and I thought, ok, I get it now,” says Van Groeningen. “This story is big enough to make a film.” Verhulst sold the director the rights to the story, “but it became a bit difficult, and I think he was sorry that he said ‘ok’ that fast,” admits Van Groeningen. With a difference in opinion about a key element of the film, Verhulst finally gave up and left the director to it. But Van Groeningen was a bit disappointed. “I wanted his approval, you know? But he just couldn’t do that.” However, Verhulst is happy with the final project, to everyone’s relief. Although the novelist sticks by his original opinion, he still “loves the movie and is proud of it,” says Van Groeningen. Helaasheid is a career-making movie, which is remarkable considering that the director is just 31 years old. It was obvious with his first film, 2004’s Steve + Sky, about a reforming thief who meets a young prostitute, that he was a talent to watch. Then two years ago, his Dagen zonder lief (With Friends Like These) charmed the critics again, with its story of youthful angst set in Sint-Niklaas. But it’sHelaasheid that was accepted at five international festivals, including Toronto and Cannes, where it screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight and received a Special Mention in the Art Cinema Award category. It is the Belgian entry to be considered for an Academy Award nomination, and it is poised to be one of the most popular films in Flemish history. Although it would be optimistic to say that it will meet the million tickets sales of last year’s crime-thriller Loft, it certainly deserves to knock that film off its record-breaking pedestal. Van Groeningen is one of very few directors making first-rate films about young people in Flanders. “I’m interested in social environments and in the tone and style of films. That’s what drives me,” he says. In the meantime, he’s riding high in the weeks that lead up to his film’s release – and from the publicity stunt at Cannes earlier this year when he and the cast of Helaasheid rode naked on bicycles. Although he wasn’t really looking forward to it, “I loved it!” he enthuses. “I got such a kick out of it. It was really liberating.”
It’s a typical grey afternoon in the fictional Reetverdegem, a tiny town outside of Aalst in East Flanders, when a man arrives to repossess the television. It seems that Uncle Breejen has amassed quite the gambling debt. The four unemployed brothers of the house beg the official to reconsider. Take something else, anything else! He looks around at the broken-down furniture, holes in the wall and hairy, unkempt men. He takes the TV. Meet the Strobbe brothers. Potrel gets into a lot of fights. Breejen drinks himself into a coma (in addition to the gambling). Koen crawls around under tables to look up women’s skirts (and he also drinks himself into a coma). Celle, well, Celle just drinks, period. But Celle has good reason to try to avoid getting into all this trouble: he has a 13-year-old son. And this is the tragic centre of De helaasheid der dingen, the new film by Flemish director Felix van Groeningen, based on the autobiographical novel by Dimitri Verhulst. Celle wants to be good. But he simply isn’t capable of it. Fortunately, the (surprisingly) sensitive boy, Gunther, has a grandmother (Gilda De Bal), who looks after his basic needs, as she does all four of her useless grown sons. She has, after all “a heart bigger than her pension.” Helaasheid is full of such wonderfully rich narration and dialogue, some of it taken directly from Verhulst’s book of the same name. Keeping the autobiographical nature of the book intact, the film goes back and forth between Gunther’s childhood and his adult self, struggling with the demons of his past. Van Groeningen superbly juggles it all, blending the comic elements of the novel with its stark reality, much like in his first two films, Steve + Sky and Dagen zonder lief (With Friends Like These). Wouter Hendrickx from the TV drama Witse is a stand-out as the youngest brother Potrel, who beds girls, shoots pigeons and picks on his family with unpredictable menace. Johan Heldenbergh, so excellent in Aanrijding in Moscou, is Breejen, sporting the giant handlebar moustache he grew for his current stage show The Broken Circle Breakdown. Though you wouldn’t necessarily want to find yourself in their company, the brothers do at one point prove that, when the chips are down, taking care of Gunther is a primal instinct. But it’s Koen De Graeve as Celle and Kenneth Vanbaaeden as Gunther who steal the show. De Graeve seems to have been working his way up to this part, drinking his way through moviesDagen zonder lief, Los and Loft. This is easily his best role: a good-old-boy drunk, occasionally swallowed alive by his own self-hating rage. Vanbaaeden makes Gunther thoughtful, while avoiding making him seem like a victim – useful when Gunther is eventually forced to face the decision of whether he will head down the same road as his family or an altogether different one. “Everything beautiful has to leave our town,” Gunther says silently to himself as a boy. Indeed.
the Filmfestival is comming to Ghent and this time I'am not gonna miss it!
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.
Trade paper 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.
|WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS CEREMONY & CONCERT|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Official site: World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert