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Bret Easton Ellis presidirá el jurado del 41° Festival Internacional de Cine de Gante

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- En inglés: El certamen ofrece la presidencia de su jurado a uno de los más polémicos y adulados autores de la literatura contemporánea, novelista y ahora guionista

Bret Easton Ellis presidirá el jurado del 41° Festival Internacional de Cine de Gante
Bret Easton Ellis

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The Ghent International Film Festival has just announced amidst the humid torpor of this Belgian summer that American author Bret Easton Ellis will chair the jury of its next edition in October. A true star of Anglo-Saxon literature, Bret Easton Ellis developed a solid reputation as a misanthropic writer through his novels, describing in minute detail the listless and blurred daily life of rich kids spaced out on psychotropic drugs. His work is full of psychopaths, some of whom deliberately commit acts of violence; Ellis is not one to shy away from a good gore scene. Faced with a grim and uncompromising Herault in the 1980s, he knew how to transition to the 21st century, notably by settling down in Hollywood, where he multiplies his TV and cinema projects. Although his first project as screenwriter, The Canyons, aroused more curiosity than support, many are now dying to discover a little more of Ellis' writing onscreen, writing that is highly referential, and intrinsically linked to the pop culture of his era. Indeed, it is important to remember the incredible adaptation of his novel The Laws of Attraction by director Roger Avary, or even that of the slightly less convincing masterpiece American Psycho.

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Ellis is thus a screenwriter, but also a cinema-lover. Very active on Twitter, he is regularly observed leaving destructive micro-critiques of recent films. Nonetheless looking more closely, his account has countless declarations of love and admiration for cinema in general, moving between genres, and bearing a strong interest in European productions, as shown by his top 3 best films released in the USA in 2014 (Nymphomaniac [+lee también:
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entrevista: Louise Vesth
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, Stranger by the Lake [+lee también:
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entrevista: Alain Guiraudie
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and Omar), or even his crush on The Kid with a Bike [+lee también:
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entrevista: Jean-Pierre y Luc Dardenne
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("I don't want to oversell the Dardenne's The Kid with a Bike but it's about saving a child's life and incredibly moving. It's their masterpiece.") or Young and Beautiful [+lee también:
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entrevista: François Ozon
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("Francois Ozon's Young & Beautiful, about a gorgeous 17-year-old Parisian girl becoming a high-end escort, is riveting & morally fascinating."). With his jury in Ghent, he will award the Prize for best film, as well as the Prize for best original soundtrack.

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