Ghent, Belgium (July 1, 2008) - A unique musical tribute to director Anthony Minghella has been set for October 15th at the 35th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium. Oscar winner Gabriel Yared, who was Minghella's long-time collaborator on the films The English Patient, Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley, will conduct a concert honouring Minghella's work, featuring suites that Yared composed for those films. The concert will be performed by a chamber orchestra and soprano solo, a deliberate decision by Yared to preserve the intimacy of the event. Members of his family are expected to be in attendance.
Gabriel Yared is one of the most accomplished and influential composers of his generation. Born in Lebanon, he began composing film music in France in the 80's, establishing his reputation with more than 70 soundtracks for directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Jacques Annaud. Yared won an Oscar for his score for The English Patient as well as a Golden Globe and a Grammy in addition to receiving Oscar nominations for The Talented Mr Ripley and Cold Mountain. Yared's score for Cold Mountain earned him both, the Composer of the Year and Best Original Soundtrack at the 2004 World Soundtrack Awards.
With its focus on film music, the Ghent Film Festival has carved out its own unique niche on the international film scene. Maintaining that tradition, the 35th edition has 4 music concerts on the menu. On 17 October, folk rock sensation Kadril will be performing pieces from Brokeback Mountain, Shakespeare in Love, Walk the Line, Barry Lyndon and Black Cat White Cat, culminating on October 18th with the 8th annual World Soundtrack Awards ceremony, followed by a concert with Tuur Florizoone (Moscow, Belgium), Oscar winner Dario Marianelli (Atonement) and composer Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks, The City of Lost Children, Mulholland Drive).=
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