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Prestigious Stanley Kubrick Exhibiton attends Ghent
18-Apr-2006 - Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Melbourne, Ghent, London, Paris - which city does not belong in that list? The answer is: they all belong. Although Ghent may not be a world city, unlike the other cities in the list it has a prominent name in the film world thanks to the Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent. The good reputation of that festival is one reason why “little” Ghent (rather than Amsterdam) was granted the exclusive right to host the prestigious, world-renowned Stanley Kubrick Exhibition in the Benelux, following recent highly successful showings of the exhibition in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin and Melbourne.

Stanley Kubrick and his filmography naturally require no extensive introduction. The titles of his films, along with certain scenes and settings, are engraved in our collective film memories. Even people who may not have seen films such as Lolita (1962), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), or A Clockwork Orange (1971) are familiar with certain famous images, film sequences and sets. Indeed, Kubrick is one of the most significant and visionary directors in the history of film. Although his filmography encompasses only thirteen feature films made over a period of 48 years, as Martin Scorsese once said: “a single film from him is worth ten others”. As a director and producer, Kubrick created visual worlds that continue to fascinate, inspire and provoke us even today.

The Stanley Kubrick Exhibition is a result of the coordinated efforts of the Deutsches Filmmuseum (Frankfurt am Main), the Deutsches Architektur Museum (Frankfurt am Main), Stanley Kubrick’s widow Christiane, and the Stanley Kubrick Estate. Of the material provided on loan, 95% originates from the Stanley Kubrick Estate - the filmmaker’s personal working archive and one of the largest private archives in the history of film, which was acquired by the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt in 2003. In addition, 21 private individuals, companies and institutions made items available. The world première of the exhibition commenced in Frankfurt am Main on March 31, 2004. It was followed by an exhibition in Berlin from January 20 to April 18, 2005. The exhibition in Melbourne closed on January 29 of this year.

Kubrick in Ghent Exhibition.
The Provincial Council of East Flanders and the Ghent Film Festival joined hands to organise the Kubrick exhibition. The fact that such an extensive exhibition with world allure can be held in the Caermersklooster provides further proof of the major potential of that exhibition venue. The total area of the exhibition is approximately 1,200 m². The monastery church, the Oud Huis and the corridors are collectively good for 1,075 m², and a tent will probably be pitched in the second quadrangle. The intention is that visitors to the Caermersklooster will be able to make a full circuit through the exhibition, starting and ending at the entrance hall.

Around 800 items, including originals as well as reproductions, will be displayed in 65 showcases attached to the walls or standing on pedestals. A total of 420 frames are provided for exhibiting photos, documents and art objects. The amount of wall space required is 300 m². There will be 23 video and projection screens distributed throughout the Caermersklooster.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday October 5, 2006 through Sunday January 7, 2007. The official opening will take place on Wednesday October 4, 2006 at 8 p.m. The opening will be attended by Mrs Christiane Kubrick, Stanley Kubrick’s regular producer Jan Harlan, and numerous other prominent guests.

A Kubrick retrospective.
All available films made by Stanley Kubrick will be shown during the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent (October 10-21).

Stanley Kubrick, the Music.
In November the Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent will organise a film music concert focussing on the music Stanley Kubrick used in his films.

Practical information.
Dates: Oct 5, 2006 to Jan 7, 2007 (inclusive)
Opening hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed Mondays)

Ticket prices: € 8 - € 4

Advance ticket sales start: May 15, 2006 via Teleticket Service (Belgium 70 345 345).

For more info, visit Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent.

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