Opening Night 2024

Opening night

This year, we invite you to join us for the Opening Night on March 15, 2024, at 7 p.m. at Flagey. Experience the screening of the wonderful documentary “The Art of Losing“, (re)discover the illustrious career of multiple award-winning director Oliver Stone, and conclude the evening with a cocktail supported by Champagne de Castellane. Below, find the detailed program for this exciting evening!


7:00 p.m. – Oliver Stone Masterclass

8:00 p.m. – Festival Opening Ceremony and presentation of the Millennium Honor Award to Oliver Stone for his body of work and contribution to cinema

8:30 p.m. – Screening of the film The Art of Losing by Sebastian Saam

9:45 p.m. – Cocktail supported by Champagne de Castellane

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“A cinematic journey with Oliver Stone”

To kick off the festivities of this 16th edition, Oliver Stone will deliver an exclusive Masterclass, providing the audience with a unique opportunity to (re)discover the director’s illustrious career. With over 20 feature films to his name, including iconic works such as Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), and Nixon (1995), Stone has consistently challenged conventional norms. He will discuss the creation of his cult films, touching on the highs, lows, successes, and challenges of his unparalleled journey and Hollywood’s golden age.

Oliver Stone’s latest documentary, Nuclear Now (2023), will be screened at Cinema Vendôme on March 18 at 8:15 p.m. as part of the festival. A panorama featuring four major films, Platoon (1986), JFK (1991), Wall Street (1987), and Natural Born Killers (1994), will be presented at Studio 5 in Flagey in partnership with Kinograph and Cinematek after the festival.

Patrick Duynslaegher, a respected film critic and former artistic director of Film Fest Gent, will lead this Masterclass, engaging in stimulating discussion with Oliver Stone about his cinematic journey and the societal reflections embedded in his work.

Masterclass in english


As the number of seats for the Festival’s opening ceremony is limited, we invite you to reserve your seats or your Premium pass today!


Opening Film

The Art of Losing

by Sebastian Saam

71′ / 2023 / Chile/Germany

OV: Spanish / Subtitles: FR, EN

International Competition

15.03 · 8:30 p.m. / Flagey, Studio 4


Andrés Godoy is an unlikely musician. At 14, already a skilled guitarist, he loses his right arm while working in his parents’ mill. After years of depression, he reinvents himself by creating his own playing technique. As the Chilean military dictatorship begins, he is forced into hiding, then into Argentine exile. After a long journey and many defeats in life, he finally embarks on a very late solo career and travels the world.


Full price : 25€

Reduced price : 20€

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