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Beautiful Polish drama from Pawel Pawlikowski wins in Gent

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‘Cold war’ by Pawel Pawlikowski wins the prize for best film at the 45th Film Fest Gent.

‘Two hearts, four eyes, ” sounds the recurring song in the Cold war, a zielsverheffend beautiful drama about a fatal love in the Europe of the 50s, from one side of the Iron Curtain to the other. In Cannes had to director Pawel Pawlikowski’s still set with the prize for best director, but in Ghent he receives reparation: Cold war won yesterday the Grand Prix for best film.

That might not amaze a painter like Michaël Borremans as president of the jury: the delightful black-and-white photography was certainly not to his strict gaze. That is the fault of Lukasz Will, which is phenomenal camerakunstenaar that Pawlikowski discovered during the making of Ida. It is a deserved award for an extremely refined film, which is as much the mind as the eyes delight, and the viewer takes from the Polish countryside of Berlin and Yugoslavia in a Parisian jazz bar.

“A flawless piece of cinema that us magic and emotion’, sounds like the laudatio of the jury. That was also grateful for the performance of actress Joanna Kulig, for whom this film is the big breakthrough may mean. Cold war is now already seen as a favorite for the Oscar for best foreign film. This is also a warning for the Girl, that Film Fest Gent opened, but as a Flemish film has not participated in the international competition.

Yet last night we went to the Georges Delerueprijs for best music to High life of Claire Denis, a film that allows itself to be summarized as ‘sex in space’. The soundtrack of this highly original, funny, fascinating ruimtefilm of Stuart A. Staples, frontman of the English rock band Tindersticks. The film ends with a song sung by actor Robert Pattinson.

Film Fest Ghent ended yesterday with ‘Beautiful boy’, the American debut of Felix van Groeningen. Protagonists Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell were not spotted on the red carpet. Present were David and Nic Sheff, father and son, on whom this film about a devastating drug addiction is based.

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