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Lukas Dhont is shooting his second feature film Close

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- The director of Girl is currently filming his second movie, starring Emilie Dequenne and Léa Drucker

Lukas Dhont is shooting his second feature film Close
Actress Emilie Dequenne and director Lukas Dhont on the set of Close

Director Lukas Dhont has just kicked off filming on Close. The young, Belgian filmmaker made a lasting impression in 2018 by way of Girl [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lukas Dhont
film profile
]
, a deep and intimate drama about a young transgender girl who is undergoing the transitioning process and who dreams of pushing past the limits of her body to become a principal dancer. The film won its extraordinary young talent Victor Polster a Best Actor award and also walked away with the Queer Palm and Caméra d’Or.

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Close, meanwhile, sees Lukas Dhont mixing young and promising talent with known faces, such as Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne (the winner of this year’s Best Supporting Role César for Love Affair(s) [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Emmanuel Mouret
film profile
]
) and French actress Léa Drucker (recently seen in Two Of Us [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Filippo Meneghetti
film profile
]
and soon to be seen in Petite Solange, a movie selected for Locarno).

The film explores the close friendship between two thirteen-year-old boys, Leo and Remi, which is suddenly thrown into disarray by their transition towards adolescence. Trying to understand what has gone wrong Leo seeks comfort and grows closer to Remi’s mother, Sophie. A journey of forgiveness, vulnerability and love ensues.

Lukas Dhont has once again joined forces with co-screenwriter Angelo Tijssens, as well as numerous other team members from his first film.

Close is produced by the director’s brother Michiel Dhont on behalf of Menuet, in co-production with Diaphana Films (France), Topkapi Films (the Netherlands) and Versus Production (Belgium), with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (Belgium), the Federal Belgian Government’s Tax Shelter initiative, Eurimages, the Dutch Film Fund (the Netherlands), the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre (Belgium), VTM and RTBF.

The film will be distributed in Benelux by Lumière and in France by Diaphana, with international sales in the hands of The Match Factory.

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(Translated from French)

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