The Cannes Film Festival has announced today that CLOSE, director Lukas Dhont’s second film, has been selected for its official competition in Cannes. Along with twenty other films, Dhont has a chance to win the Golden Palm award. Lukas Dhont writes the history of Flemish film.
In 2018, Lukas Dhont made his debut with GIRL. His film was then shown at Un Certain Regard, a side section of the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection. The girl was awarded the Caméra d’Or, the award for best debut film. It was the start of a great success story both locally and globally. Four years later, the red carpet was rolled out again for Dhont. Along with the cast and crew, he presents CLOSE at its world premiere.
The main roles in CLOSE are played by newcomers Eden Dambrine and Gustav De Waele, and established values Emilie Dequenne and Léa Drucker. Angelo Tissens wrote the script with Lucas. The film was produced by Menuet, produced by Michiel Dhont and Dirk Impens.
“Closing the premiere in the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival is an incredibly crazy dream. Something 12-year-old Lucas, who got a small camcorder for his birthday, could never have dreamed of. I am so proud of the entire team and the cast who helped us “It is with a warm and vulnerable heart that I look forward to sharing this film with the world during one of the most important festivals in the world,” Lucas Dönt said.
Leo and Remy, 13, have been friends since then. Even an unimaginable event separates them. Filled with misunderstandings, Leo approaches Sophie, Remy’s mother. CLOSE is a film about friendship and responsibility.
CLOSE hits theaters this fall.