SIPFF 2023 2023.11.02(Thu.) ~ 2023.11.08(Wed.)

2022 SIPFF Closing Film
Closing Film


Director Lukas DHONT

Belgium, Netherlands, France | 2022 | 105min | Color | Drama | 12+ | G | SP

Languages Dutch, French Dia |  Subtitle Korean  Sub

Close, the winner of Grand Prix at the 75th Canne Film Festival and Belgian entry for the 95th Academy Awards, directed by Lukas Dhont, will be screened as the closing film in SIPFF 2022. The film delicately depicts the friendship, love and growing pains of 13-year-old boys. Thanks to the comnignation of the story that people can easily and deeply relate sensuous production ability of Dhont, who is referred and the next Xavier Dolan, Close is selected as the most noticeable film at SIPFF 2022.

Director Lukas Dhont won Caméra d’Or at Cannes, the most prestigious award for new film director, with this first feature film Girl, and has become the most noticeable new film director, while having been invited to diverse film festivals world widely. The great competence of Dhont, who depicted the growth periods of 16-year-old ballerina, who existed of boundary of a boy and a girl with acute attention, displays even more brilliance in Close.

Close demonstrates the story of how two irreplaceable best friends Léo and Rémi grow apart from each other by cold eyes of their peers. The agonizing growing pain these two boys experience, contrasted to the beautiful scenery of countryside, flowery and lonesomely reflects confusing and conflicting adolescent period everyone goes through. Dhont once said that Close mirrors his own experience as a teenager, when he himself lost extremely valuable things in his life due to judgmental people around him. For such a reason, the film presents the story every person who experienced or is going through adolescent period can empathize, along with aesthetic images. As the ticket of Girl were sold out as soon as the ticketing started back in the 8th SIPFF, it is expected that the tickets of Close will be all sold out soon after they were released.

Synopsis |

The intense friendship between two 13-year-old boys Léo and Rémi suddenly gets disrupted. Struggling to understand what has happened, Léo approaches Sophie, Rémi’s mother. Close is a film about friendship and responsibility.