Estonian premiere

Close

Local title
Lähestikku
Title in Russian
Близко
Original title
Close
Director
Lukas Dhont
Country
Belgium, France, Netherlands
Year
2022
Programme
Best of Fest
Genre
drama
Subject
first love, childhood

On the cusp of adolescence, Léo and Rémi spend their carefree summer building an intimate bond of friendship, but as their days of bicycle rides through dappled flower farms and cuddling sleepovers fade into the school year, their closeness is scrutinized and called out by their classmates. Rémi is unfazed, determined to stay true to their friendship, while Léo is angry and distraught, pulling away from Rémi out of self-conscious fear and taking up ice hockey to distance himself from his best friend. As the rift between them widens into an irreparable, tragic rupture, Léo struggles through feelings of guilt and responsibility for his betrayal, and connects with Rémi’s mother, Sophie, in the hopes of making sense of the world he now lives in.

Director Lukas Dhont captures Léo and Rémi’s boyhood with a gentle vision of youth and innocence, exploring the fragile nature of friendship and masculinity in this stunningly lyrical tour de force.

“Close” won the Grand Prix award at Cannes this year and Belgium nominated the film for the Oscars.

Director
Lukas Dhont
Screenwriter
Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
Cast
Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Émilie Dequenne, Léa Drucker, Kevin Janssens
Producer
Michiel Dhont, Dirk Impens
DoP
Frank Van Den Eeden
Editor
Alain Dessauvage
Composer
Valentin Hadjadj
Production
Menuet Producties
Distributor
A-One Film Estonia
World sales
The Match Factory
Runtime
Language
Dutch, French, Flemish
Subtitles
Estonian, English, Russian
Other festivals
London, Vancouver, Karlovy Vary, Cannes

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