Winner of the Grand Prix award at Cannes 2022 and selected as the Belgian entry for the 2023 Academy Awards, CLOSE is an elegant, poetic and empathetic study of youth from acclaimed writer-director Lukas Dhont.
Thirteen-year-olds Léo and Rémi are inseparable; they spend every waking moment together, racing each other on their bikes, playing in the fields that surround their homes, and sleeping at each other’s houses. They are best friends, as close as brothers. However as they start a new school year, the pressures of burgeoning adolescence challenge their bond with unexpected and far-reaching consequences.
Thirteen-year-olds Léo and Rémi are inseparable; they spend every waking moment together, racing each other on their bikes, staying at each other's houses and playing in the surrounding fields. The older they get, the closer their bond becomes. However as they start a new school year, the pressures of burgeoning adolescence challenge their relationship with unexpected and far-reaching consequences. With incredibly authentic and emotional performances from newcomers Eden Dambrine and Gustav De Waele, Dhont’s latest film is as evocative as it is visually stunning, set against the rich landscape of the Belgian countryside. A powerful coming of age story, this profoundly moving portrait of male friendship offers a depiction of intimacy and masculinity that is sure to have an enduring impact
Director: Lukas Dhont
Cast: Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Emilie Dequenne
Winner-Grand Prix,Cannes Film Festival 2022
Winner-Best Film,Sydney Film Festival 2022
Cannes Film Festival 2022
Sydney Film Festival 2022
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2022
BFI London Film Festival 2022
Tallin Black Nights Film Festival 2022
‘...tear-jerkingly sweet and tender... this is an exceptional film. ’★★★★★ Nicholas Barbier, BBC.com, Cannes Film Festival 2022
‘...features terrific performances from youthful leads Eden Dambrine and Gustav De Waele ..’★★★★★ Tara Brady , The Irish Times, Cannes Film Festival 2022