The Flanders Film Festival, which focuses on music composed for the movies, will pay tribute to the late composers Elmer Bernstein, Michael Kamen and Jerry Goldsmith at its 31st edition in Ghent, Belgium, Oct. 5-16.
Fest will screen 120 features, 30 shorts and 30 docs. Among guests expected to attend are Richard Attenborough, Ben Kingsley and lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
Director-thesp Attenborough will receive the fest’s highest honor, the Joseph Plateau Award, combined with a tribute featuring 10 of his films.
Kingsley, who won an Oscar as star of Attenborough’s “Gandhi,” will present Attenborough’s award Oct. 8; thesp’s work will be honored Oct. 9.
Fest will feature the European or Benelux premieres of “Mean Creek,” with director Jacob Aaron Estes in attendance; “The Yes Men,” with director-producer Sarah Price attending; “The Clearing,” with director Pieter Jan Brugge attending; and “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” with director Niels Mueller in attendance. Other premieres include “Birth,” “Hotel Rwanda” and “Maria Full of Grace.”
The international jury will be chaired by composer Maurice Jarre.
The fest’s fourth annual World Soundtrack Awards Oct. 9 will honor the prolific Bernstein, who was scheduled to conduct at the fest, and Grammy-winning composer Kamen.
The World Soundtrack Award for lifetime achievement will be presented to the Bergmans, three-time Oscar winners, for their accomplishments in film music. Their hits include “The Way We Were” and “The Windmills of My Mind.”
On Oct. 14, fest will host a tribute concert conducted by Dirk Brosse in honor of Goldsmith with his widow, Carole Goldsmith, in attendance.