The 36th Ghent International Film Festival, which focuses on film music and runs from Oct. 6-17, will feature performances from Marvin Hamlisch, Alexandre Desplat, Marc Streitenfeld and Shigeru Umebayashi.

Hamlisch, the composer of scores for "The Way We Were," "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "A Chorus Line," will receive the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th World Soundtrack Awards, the awards ceremony which closes out the festival.

On Oct. 14, Desplat and the Traffic Quintet will perform a concert entitled "Divine Feminin," a tribute to movie actresses, which will feature work from Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Georges Delerue and Gabriel Yared.

On Oct. 17, the Brussels Philharmonic will perform selections from Streitenfeld's films "American Gangster" and "Body of Lies."

The focus of the Ghent festival this year is on films from Asia, and Japanese composer Umebayashi, who has worked with directors Wong Kar Wai and Zhang Yimou, will perform on Oct. 15 and sit for a Q&A on Oct. 16.

"People in Belgium and Europe and very interested in this kind of cinema, and in normal exhibition it's difficult to see films from [Asian] countries," says Jacques Dubrulle, managing director of the Ghent International Film Festival, noting there were will be 15-20 films from Asia screened at the festival. "It's a good platform to bring attention to this kind of cinema."

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