Ghent selects competition lineup

Festival adds sound design to mix

BRUSSELS — Fourteen films compete at the Ghent Film Festival, which unspools Oct. 7-18.

Selection has been altered this year to recognize films with innovative sound design as well as music, the fest’s usual obsession.

“The border between music and sound design has seen a remarkable change,” said fest programmer Wim De Witte. “There is more and more co-operation between the composer, the director and the sound designer.”

He cited “Vinyan” by Fabrice du Welz as a selection where the sound design replaced the usual function of music in generating atmosphere.

Competition will be judged by a jury combining film and music talent. Prizes go to best film, director, music and scenario.

Fest will open with “The Visitor,” Thomas McCarthy’s tale of a widower who takes up the cause of an illegal immigrant couple he finds living in his New York apartment.

It closes with Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler,” fresh from taking honors in Venice.

Program also includes 29 previews, led by Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” and a 39-film panorama of world cinema.

“Adoration,” Atom Egoyan (Canada)
“Delta,” Kornel Mundruczo (Hungary)
“Kabuli Kid,” Baramak Akram (France/Germany)
“The Market,” Ben Hopkins (Turkey/Germany)
“Nacht vor Augen,” Brigitte Maria Bertele (Germany)
“O’Horten,” Bent Hamer (Norway)
“La Rabia,” Albertina Carri (Argentina)
“Seraphine,” Martin Provost (France/Belgium)
“The Shaft,” Zhang Chi (China)
“Stella,” Sylvie Verheyde (France)
“Terribly Happy,” Henrik Ruben Genz (Denmark)
“Two Legged Horse,” Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran)
“Unspoken,” Fien Troch (Belgium/Netherlands)
“Vinyan,” Fabrice du Welz (Belgium)