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Close (12A) + ScreenTalk with director Lukas Dhont and co-writer Angelo Tijssens

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Director Lukas Dhont captures an elegant and profoundly moving study of masculinity and broken childhood friendships. Plus ScreenTalk with director Lukas Dhont and co-writer Angelo Tijssens.

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. However as they start a new school year, the pressures of burgeoning adolescence challenge their bond with unexpected and far-reaching consequences. 

Nominated for Best International Feature Film, and featuring incredibly emotional performances from Eden Dambrine and Gustav De Waele, Dhont’s film is a powerful coming-of-age story about male friendship, intimacy, and masculinity that is as evocative as it is visually stunning, set against the rich landscape of the Belgian countryside. 

We are delighted to welcome director Lukas Dhont and co-writer Angelo Tijssens for a conversation with actor Gwendoline Christie, after the film.

Belgium/France/Netherlands 2022 dir Lukas Dhont 104 min

‘Miraculously subtle.‘
‘An exceptional film of empathy and vision.‘
‘A quiet gem of a film... Sensitive, graceful and impeccably restrained.‘
‘This beautiful elegy of lost innocence belongs in the pantheon of films about childhood.‘

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