Gutland

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    Gutland

    Directed by

    Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium

    2017

    107 min

    • German
    • Luxembourgish

    Drama

    A surrealist rural noir about a German thief who flees to a small Luxembourg village only to discover that the locals have secrets of their own.

    Awards

    • Luxembourg's Submission for the 91st Academy Awards

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Frederick Lau
    Vicky Krieps
    Marco Lorenzini
    Screenplay
    Govinda Van Maele
    Cinematography
    Narayan Van Maele
    Editing
    Stefan Stabenow
    Sales
    STRAY DOGS
    Production
    LES FILMS FAUVES S.A.R.L.
    Production
    PROPELLER FILM GMBH
    Production
    NOVAK PROD

    Press

    GUTLAND is a striking debut, one that slowly burns through the magnificent landscapes of rural Luxembourg with flourishes of neorealism. Simultaneously, Maele manages to unravel a dark noir while meshing in hints of German expressionism and nods to Lars Von Trier-esque surrealism.

    Kyle Kohner, The Playlist

    Govinda Van Maele

    Govinda Van Maele

    Luxembourg

    I’m not very interested in objective reality, whatever that might be, but I find it essential that my film stays true to me and the realities of the world I live in. I find genre cinema, and particularly film noir, a great way to approach very real and relevant societal issues in an indirect and satirical manner.

    Born in 1983 in Luxembourg, Govinda made his first films as a teenager. His three last short films JOSH, A DAY IN THE OPEN and YOU GO AHEAD won him awards and special mentions among others in Hamburg, Nice and Winterthur and were sold to Arte and Canal+. He lives in Turkey and Luxembourg, where he curates genre films at the Cinémathèque and co-founded the production company Les Films Fauves.

    Selected Filmography