GHENT — The cream of Cinema’s Music maestros were front and center for the 30th annual Flanders Film Festival, dominated once again by the third World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony, held at Ghent’s Bijloke concert hall.
Vet composer Maurice Jarre, famed for his Oscar-winning collaborations with David Lean, was the recipient of this years Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by fellow French vet Jeanne Moreau: “Usually, they give these things to dead people, so it’s nice to be alive to enjoy it!” Jarre joked to Variety.
Eliot Goldenthal proved to be the Golden Boy of the evening, picking up the best soundtrack of the Year award for his exuberant Mex-flavored “Frida” score, topping that by being named as the composer of the year. Best original song was nabbed by no-shoes U2 for their “Gangs of New York” theme, “The Hands That Built America,” while Brazilian newcomer Antonio Pinto received the discovery of the year title, courtesy of his “City of God” score.
The National Orchestra of Belgium provided ample musical interludes, accompanied separately by last year’s WSA discovery and rising star Klaus Badelt (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and a home-grown success, synth pop exports Hooverphonic, fronted by platinum blonde chanteuse Geike Arnaert.
The ceremony’s finale was a concert showcasing the work of two-time WSA winner Patrick Doyle, interspersed with the Scot’s perky repartee.
The 30th anniversary edition climaxes with Hollywood vet Tony Curtis receiving the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.