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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #38. Lukas Dhont’s Close

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #38. Lukas Dhont’s Close

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Belgian filmmaker Lukas Dhont could’t have asked for a better career launch than premiering his debut feature in the Un Certain Regard section and claiming a quartet of film prizes: the Camera d’Or, FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard Jury Award for Best Performance, and the Queer Palm. Playing extremely well on the film festival circuit with pit stops at Telluride, TIFF, San Sebastián Film Festival, Girl was parlayed into a sophomore feature supported by the likes of Emilie Dequenne, and Léa Drucker. Written Angelo Tijssens, production on Close began last summer in July, with the goal to likely reach the Croisette once again this year.

Gist: Leo and Remi, two thirteen-year-old boys, have their close friendship suddenly thrown into disarray as the prospect of adolescence looms. Trying to understand what has gone wrong, Leo seeks comfort and grows closer to Remi’s mother, Sophie, as the boys pursue forgiveness and reconciliation to try and get their friendship back together.

Release Date/Prediction: We see a return to Cannes – once again in the Un Certain Regard section.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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