The 34th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival is to feature three opening films on October 9.

They are:
  • The European premiere of Richard Attenborough's Closing the Ring
  • Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters (Die Faelscher)
  • Paul Freedman's Sand And Sorrow
Closing the Ring, starring Shirley Maclaine, Christopher Plummer, Neve Campbell and Mischa Barton, opens the Festival Preview section. Lord Attenborough will be a guest at the event.

Austrian Academy Award entrant The Counterfeiters (Die Faelscher) opens the Ghent competition. Stefan Ruzowitzky's film, which played in competition in Berlin, tells the story of a huge and well organised counterfeiting in Nazi Germany.

Paul Freedman's Darfur Conflict documentary Sand And Sorrow, narrated by George Clooney, will launch the Almost Cinema section - a co-production with the Art Centre, Vooruit.

The complete programme of the 34th edition will be announced on September 26