Close: Lukas (Girl) Dhont’s Coming of Age Tale Acquired by A24

A24 Gets Rights to Lukas Dhont’s ‘Close’ for North America

Dhont’s anticipated follow-up to his 2018 debut ‘Girl’ world premieres Thursday. May 26, in Cannes Film Fest.


Dhont’s follow-up to his award-winning 2018 debut Girl has its world premiere Thursday evening in Cannes.

Newcomers Eden Dambrine and Gustav De Waele star in the film alongside Émilie Dequenne, Léa Drucker, Kevin Janssens, Marc Weiss, Igor Van Dessel and Léon Bataille.

Dhont co-wrote the screenplay with Angelo Tijssens.

The coming-of-age drama, which follows the friendship of two 13-year-old boys on the cusp of puberty, has been one of the most anticipated titles at the festival this year.

Art-house movie streaming service Mubi had earlier picked up Close for the  U.K., Ireland, Latin America, Turkey and India.

Dhont made an impressive entry into world cinema in 2018 with his directorial debut, Girl, the story of a transgender ballet dancer.

Premiering in Cannes, the film won four awards: the Camera d’Or for best first feature, the FIPRESCI film critics honor, the Un Certain Regard best performance for lead Victor Polster, and the Queer Palm for best LGBTQ movie.

Gay Directors by Emanuel Levy (Columbia University Press).

A24 earlier picked up North American rights to Charlotte Wells’ family melodrama, Aftersun, featuring Paul Mescal and newcomer Frankie Corio, which premiered in the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight section.