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Directed by Lukas Dhont
2022
Belgium
105 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Winner Grand Prix at Cannes 2022, the new film from Lukas Dhont (Girl, SFF 2018) is a stunningly beautiful examination of an intense teen friendship torn asunder.
Thirteen-year-olds Leo and Remi are best friends. We meet them running happily through vast fields of flowers. They dream of unimaginable wealth, of being stars on YouTube. Remi is an aspiring musician, and Leo is his greatest fan. Theirs is a loving and genuine friendship. And then they start high school. For the very first time, their closeness comes into question as they are teased and taunted by their schoolmates. Gradually a rift develops between the friends, with tragic consequences. Shot in vibrant colour, and frequently in close-up, Close is a film of incredible perception. So much is conveyed without dialogue - adoration and devastation both - through the expressive faces of the tremendous lead performers. Purely cinematic, Close immerses us in this strong relationship so much so as to feel protective of the gentle characters encountered.  

LUKAS DHONT is a Belgian filmmaker who made his debut with Girl (SFF 2018) which won the Camera d’Or in Cannes. His second feature Close was selected for the Cannes Competition.

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Sat 18 Jun
6:15pm
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Sun 19 Jun
9:30am
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Official Competition
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
Belgium, France, Netherlands
Language
In French and Dutch with English subtitles
Director
Lukas Dhont
Producer
Michiel Dhont, Dirk Impens
Cast
Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Émilie Dequenne
Screenwriter
Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
Cinematographer
Frank van de Eeden
Editor
Alain Dessauvage
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Cinephile, Cannes Selected
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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