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Nominated for Best International Feature at the 2023 Academy Awards®

Leo and Remi are two 13-year-old best friends, whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont’s second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing.

"The combination of knock out performances, in particular from newcomer Eden Dambrine as Léo, and direction of uncommon sensitivity from Dhont makes for a picture which is intimate in scope but which packs a considerable emotional wallop."
Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
"The script is so economical, and the acting so beautifully natural (especially by Dambrine, a remarkable discovery), that Close feels less like a drama than a tapestry of fragments from a candid documentary."
Nicholas Barber, BBC


Q&A with director Lukas Dhont, moderated by Curator-in-Chief Ryan Harrington
Tuesday, Jan. 24 2023, 6:30
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Lukas Dhont was born in Ghent, Belgium. He graduated with a diploma in audio-visual arts from the KASK School Of Arts in Ghent. Throughout his studies, he focused on fiction but also explored the possibilities of documentary. In 2016 Lukas Dhont participated in the Cannes Cinéfondation residency with the script for his first feature film, Girl. This film combines themes the filmmaker had already explored in his short work, including: dance, transformation and identity. Lukas Dhont collaborates regularly with choreographer and dancer Jan Martens with whom he co-signed a performance titled The Common People. In 2018 Lukas’ first feature film, Girl, was presented at the Cannes festival, in the official selection ‘Un Certain Regard’ and won, among other awards, the Caméra d’Or for Best First Movie. His second feature film Close was selected as part of the Official Competition of the 75th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival and won the Grand Prix.

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