Fri 31 March 6:00pm
Sun 2 April 6:15pm
Nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 2023 Oscars
Director: Lukas Dhont
Starring: Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Emilie Dequenne, Léa Drucker
Winner of the Grand Prix award at Cannes 2022 and nominated for Best International Feature Film at 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; 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 incredible performances from newcomers Eden Dambrine and Gustav De Waele, Dhont’s evocative second film is a profoundly moving coming of age story that will have an enduring impact.
“Explores the fragile world of childhood bonds” – The Hollywood Reporter
★★★★★ “An exceptional film of empathy and vision” – BBC
★★★★★ “The extraordinary second feature from Lukas Dhont” – The Irish Times
★★★★★ “Miraculously subtle” – The Telegraph
★★★★★ “Touching and empathetic” – CineVue
★★★★ “A quiet gem of a film… Sensitive, graceful and impeccably restrained” Total Film
★★★★ “Eden Dambrine and Rémi Gustav de Waele are a revelation” – Radio Times
★★★★ “A beautiful, brave story” – Empire
★★★★ ”A brilliant and moving examination of intimacy and vulnerability, of love and loss and the way the two intertwine” – The Upcoming