November 27, 2022

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Lukas Dhont "Great content" with the Grand Prix in Cannes: "And now champagne!"

Lukas Dhont “Great content” with the Grand Prix in Cannes: “And now champagne!”

Not disappointment, but joy and gratitude to Lucas Dönett, after the Grand Prix at Cannes for his film ‘Close’. Charlotte Vandermerch and Felix van Groningen spend the night after the Jury Prize for Le otto montagne

Lukas Dhont has not lost the Golden Palm; He won the grand prize. No doubt about any disappointment with the manager close† ‘Great content’, says on the phone from Cannes, shortly before the usual press conference. Although it was close Voted favorite for the main award by major foreign media? I thought it was great that my film was deemed so worthy by so many. This is only my second film and I give it to Robin Ostlund, who I admire very much. Being able to drink a glass of champagne with him is great.

Close it, because the Grand Prix was the last award given before the Golden Palm started. “It was exciting to the end. Of course you are ambitious and you want the first prize. But the most important thing is that a lot of people have come to tell me in the last few days that this movie is really for them coup kore He used to be.’

He should share his prize in a tie with stars at noon For French director Claire Denis, he has no objection. “But only because she’s Claire Dennis, who I really look forward to. Being able to stand next to her on stage is a great honor. For a moment, I lifted Claire Dennis’ height.

And now? “Press conference, dinner, and a bit of champagne. I’ve been stopping for the past few days and basically doing a lot of interviews. But now I’m really going to enjoy it.”

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At those festivities, he will come across Charlotte Vandermerch and Felix van Groningen, Jury Prize winners with Le Otto Montaigne. They spend the night, because their plane comes home at 6 in the morning, where their son is waiting for them.

They had already returned to Belgium when they received a phone call from Cannes, while Vandermeersch was bathing with their son. “That call only came at 1:30 this afternoon, so it was hard to find another flight,” Vandermerch says. “There was no time to stop at a hotel after arriving, so I had to put my face on the plane, change at the airport and put my shoes on in the taxi.”

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne had to return from Belgium. “It’s great that Belgian cinema has come together here,” says Van Groeningen. There is a lot of love, warmth and respect between us. The Darden family paved the way for Belgian filmmakers in Cannes.

“We’ve known each other for a long time,” Vandermeersch says. As a member of the jury, I was once awarded an award for a short film directed by Lucas at the Leuven Short Film Festival. And now I can watch his movie here and see how much he has grown since then.