‘Ring’ to open Belgian festival

Attenborough will be on hand at Ghent event

HOLLYWOOD — The 34th Ghent Intl. Film Festival kicks off Oct. 9 in Belgium with three movies.

Richard Attenborough will be on hand for the Euro preem of his “Closing the Ring,” which opens the Festival Previews section; the competition bows with “Die Falscher” by Stefan Ruzowsky, and Almost Cinema opens with Paul Freeman’s Darfur genocide docu “Sand & Sorrow.”

Attenborough’s “Ring” stars Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Neve Campbell and Mischa Barton in a romance that begins in WWII when three pilots fall in love with the same woman.

Competition opener “Die Falscher,” about concentration camp inmates forced to forge currency, is Austria’s candidate for foreign language Oscar.

“Sand & Sorrow” is narrated by George Clooney, who also produces.

Fest’s full program will be announced Wednesday.

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