Director: Lukas Dhont Run Time: 105 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2023
Starring: Eden Dambrine, Émilie Dequenne, Gustav De Waele, Kevin Janssens, Léa Drucker
Country: Belgium, Netherlands, France
Language: French, Flemish, Dutch
About the film:
Grand Jury Prize Winner, 2022 Cannes Film Festival
Close (2023) was nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards. Celebrate Awards Season at the Film Center! Learn more here.
Two thirteen year olds have always been incredibly close but they drift apart after the intimacy of their relationship is questioned by schoolmates. When tragedy strikes, one is forced to confront why he distanced himself from his closest friend. Director Lukas Dhont’s second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing.
About the filmmaker:
Lukas Dhont is a Belgian film director and screenwriter. His feature directorial debut Girl (2018), inspired by the true story of a trans girl who pursues a career as a ballerina, premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Caméra d’Or for best first feature film, as well as the Queer Palm. It was also selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, although it did not make the shortlist. His second feature film Close (2023) won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and made the shortlist for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards.See our upcoming films