36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023


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Official Oscar© Selection—Belgium | 2022 Cannes Film Festival, Grand Prize Winner

Thirteen-year-old neighbors Léo and Rémi share an enviously close friendshipan indescribable connection which comes under the scrutiny of their schoolmates. Crumbling under the intense surveillance of their peers, Léo pulls away to gain acceptance. Hurt by this, Rémi withdraws, and a once beautiful friendship is tragically torn apart. Close presents the rarely illustrated depths of a friendship between two young men, exploring themes of friendship, love, and identity in a world that is at times unwilling to recognize them for what and who they truly are.

Introduction by Bilal Qureshi (NPR)


“Close is artistically ambitious. Like a cinematic symphony, a musical piece in perfect harmony, not a note out of place.” National Herald, Namrata Joshi


Sunday, November 6


8:15 PM


Culbreth Theatre

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Film Info

Director: Lukas Dhont

Runtime: 105 min

Year: 2022

Country: Belgium, Netherlands, France

Language: Dutch, French, Flemish

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Émilie Dequenne & Léa Drucker