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“Tinker, Tailor” tapped to open Ghent film festival – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell After bypassing such high-profile North American film festivals as Telluride, Toronto and New York, Tomas Alfredson’s eagerly anticipated “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” continues to play to European audiences as it builds buzz leading up to its Dec. 9 release in the States.

Alfredson’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s spy novel has been named opening night film for this year’s Ghent International Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium. The film, which stars Gary Oldman as a retired spy asked to smoke out a potential mole in MI6, screens on Oct. 11. The outstanding ensemble also includes Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch. Seriously, show this to us … now!

“Tinker” world premiered at the Venice International Film Festival earlier this month, emerging with across-the-board positive reviews. Not out-of-this-world raves, but solid reviews. Oldman is generating some chatter for a Best Actor nomination. Alfredson’s a gifted storyteller (rent his mesmerizing “Let the Right One In” if you haven’t already seen it).

But the decision to tease the film overseas while sidestepping the major film festivals on this side of the pond is frustrating. The movie’s finished. It’s screening. Why not drop it into the New York fray? Why did it skip TIFF? Wouldn’t you want to start the ball rolling, to get tongues wagging?

Granted, I say this out of complete jealousy for those who’ve already seen the film.

Here’s the latest “Tinker” trailer to hold you over while you patiently wait until December:

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