Top film composers lined up for 35th Ghent Film Festival

By Ray Bennett

The World Soundtrack Awards 2008 at the Ghent Film Festival in October will see British composer Dario Marianelli, who won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for best score this year for “Atonement,” once again meet competition from Spain’s Alberto Iglesias for “The Kite Runner.”

Marianelli, who faces Iglelias in both the composer of the year and best original score categories, is one of several film composers whose music will be celebrated at the 35th edition of the festival, in Ghent, Belgium. His scores will be played along with that of regular David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti at the awards presentation on Oct. 18.

The event follows several nights of great film music including a concert of John Williams scores on Oct. 12 and on Oct. 15 an evening of music written by Gabriel Yared for films directed by the late Anthony Minghella including the Oscar-winning “The English Patient.”

England’s Clint Mansell, who was named composer of the year and won the best score award in 2007 for “The Fountain,” will perform music from the films of Darren Aronofsky with the Sonus Quartet on Oct. 16. And on Oct. 17 there’s a show by Flemish folk-rock band Kadril.

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