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.
- Luxembourg's Submission for the 91st Academy Awards
- Frederick Lau
- Vicky Krieps
- Marco Lorenzini
- Govinda Van Maele
- Narayan Van Maele
- Stefan Stabenow
- STRAY DOGS
- LES FILMS FAUVES S.A.R.L.
- PROPELLER FILM GMBH
- NOVAK PROD
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.
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.