Date & Time: Saturday 11th at 8:30pm
Location & Tickets: The Gate Cinema
Details: Lukas Dhont / Belgium, Netherlands / 2022 / 105 mins
Starring: Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Émilie Dequenne
Synopsis: Winner of the Grand Prix award at Cannes 2022 and nominated for Best International Feature Film at this year’s Academy Awards, Close is an elegant, poetic and empathetic study of youth. 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, Close is as evocative as it is visually stunning. A powerful coming-of-age story, this profoundly moving portrait of male friendship offers a depiction of intimacy and masculinity that has an enduring impact.
“An exceptional film of empathy and vision” – BBC.
“A quiet gem of a film… Sensitive, graceful and impeccably restrained” – Total Film.
Oscar Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film
Grand Prix, Cannes 2022
Close is screened with the kind support of the Embassy of Belgium in Ireland.