Ghent unveils 15-strong cometish

Fest unspools 39th edition on Oct. 9

BRUSSELS — Fifteen features compete for film and music kudos at the 39th Ghent Film Festival, which begins Oct. 9.

Line-up ranges from established helmers Olivier Assayas and Hong Sang-soo with “Something in the Air” and “In Another Country” respectively, to debutantes such as Israel’s Sharon Bar-Ziv with “Room 514.”

The U.S. is represented by Craig Zobel’s “Compliance” and So Yong Kim’s “For Ellen,” both of which bowed at Sundance.

Competition also has an unusually strong Belgian presence thanks to “The Fifth Season” by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, “Kid” by Fien Troch and “Offline” by newcomer Peter Monsaert.

The jury this year comprises Polish composer Abel Korzeniowski (“A Single Man”), Dutch crime writer Bavo Dhooge, Herald Tribune film journalist Joan Dupont, and helmers Xiaolu Guo and Bavo Defurne.

Winners will be announced Oct. 17, before the fest wraps on Oct. 20 with the World Soundtrack Awards. Closing film will be Brian De Palma’s thriller “Passion.”