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English-language debut film Felix van Groeningen close Film Fest Gent off

The English-language debut film from director Felix van Groeningen, ‘Beautiful Boy’, is the slotfilm of the 45th edition of Film Fest Gent. The biographical film about a journalist and his son to a drug addiction suffers, as its Belgian premiere at the film festival.

‘Beautiful Boy’ is the English language debut of director Felix van Groeningen, known from ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ and ‘The misfortunates’. He goes for the biography in the sea with the French-American actor Timothée Chalamet, and the American actor Steve Carell. “After my previous films, I was ready for an adventure abroad,” says van Groeningen. “I am very proud of this film, a human and very touching story based on true facts.”

Also the festivaldirectie is happy with the decision. “It is an overwhelming emotional film. Who leaves the room will have an experience that one does not soon forget” promises artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher. The film will have its Belgian premiere experience at the festival, preceded by the presentation of the official festivalprijzen, in the presence of the international festival jury and the director.

The 45th Film Fest Gent runs from 9 to 19 October at Kinepolis Gent, Studio Skoop, Sphinx, Forward and KASKcinema.

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