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CLOSE [Belgium], Thursday 23 November, 8pm

By archive, Season 24 Autumn 2023

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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 Leo and Remi 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. 

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.

★★★★★ makes an indelible emotional impactIrish Times

An authentic study of loss, buttressed by two extraordinary child actors, and complemented by a handful of impeccable adult players, most notably Émilie Dequenne. – Times [UK]

Dambrine’s performance is by some distance one of the most extraordinary by a child his age I’ve ever seen: tempered, tightly wound, as truthful as a flower. – Financial Times

★★★★ achingly poignant tale of the end of a childhood friendship – The Guardian

Winner – Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival 2022

Winner – Best Film, Sydney Film Festival 2022

Nominee – Best International Feature Film, Academy Awards 2023

91% Rotten Tomatoes

  • Belgium, 2022 | Language: French | 104 minutes | Cert: 15A
  • Director: Lukas Dhont
  • Cast: Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Emilie Dequenne, Léa Drucker
  • Foreign language films are subtitled.  Cert: CLUB for over 18s.
  • A short film may be shown before the feature.
  • Tickets: €8.50/€7 concession
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