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Sun Dec 4, 3:45 PM
Director: Lukas Dhont
2022
Belgium, France, Netherlands
105 minutes
Unclassified 15+

“...two excellent performances from newcomers” (The Guardian)

Cannes Grand Prix of the Festival, Sydney Film Fest – Best Film, Palic Film Fest – Best Film.

Close is a film about friendship and connection – 13-year-olds Leo and Remy have grown up together in the vibrant Belgian countryside, spending summer riding bikes and playing games of pretend. It is an idyll too good to last. When high school starts, their closeness marks them out from their peers, and Leo’s attempts to distance himself will have far-reaching consequences. Lukas Dhont’s Girl was a highlight of 2019’s AFF. This study of boys’ loss of tenderness, and his understated treatment of guilt and grief made this one of the most controversial films at Cannes this year, though everyone agrees on its undoubted emotional affect.

“it’s hard to imagine anyone seeing Close without being rocked by Dhont’s tremendous empathy and vision. At the age of 31, he is already an exceptional filmmaker, and this is an exceptional film.” (BBC)

This screening is part of the Adelaide Film Festival Curate Your Own Festival program. 
Unique in Australia, Curate Your Own Festival builds screen culture in regional towns by developing local curatorial skills. Every Festival, AFF invites four emerging regional curators to spend four days at the Festival to select films to take back to their town.
Find out more here.

Program Strand World Cinema
Language Dutch, French
Subtitles English
Director Lukas Dhont
Producer Michiel Dhont, Dirk Impens
Writer Angelo Tijssens, Lukas Dhont
Cinematographer Frank van den Eeden
Editor Alain Dessauvage
Cast Léa Drucker, Emilie Dequenne, Kevin Janssens, Marc Weiss, Igor Van Dessel