North Sea Texas

North Sea Texas  {Noordzee Texas}
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North Sea Texas
Noordzee Texas
Belgium, 2011, 96 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Coming of Age, Gay/Lesbian, Romance
Program: World Cinema
Language: Dutch English Sub-Titles

Awards: Montreal World FF, Silver Zenith for first fiction feature & FIPRESCI prize for first feature; Rome:

A lonely gay adolescent suffers the pangs of unrequited love in this poignantly rendered coming-of-ager. The narrative unfolds in a small town on the Belgian coast in the late 1960s and 70s, where introverted dreamer Pim grows up accustomed to neglect from his selfish mother Yvette and petty humiliation from her putative boyfriend Etienne. Pim eventually finds succor at the home of Yvette’s co-worker Marcella where he hero-worships her older son, Gino. Meanwhile, Marcella’s daughter Sabrina obviously longs for his attention. Friendship grows into love when Gino, cautioning Pim to secrecy, supplies the besotted boy’s first sexual experiences. But when Gino begins a relationship with a French girl, jealous Pim focuses his wistful romantic fantasies on Zoltan, the hunky itinerant fun-fair worker who comes to board at his house. Debuting director Defurne (known for his shorts celebrating gay love) took a risk in casting a trio of age-appropriate newcomers, but the young actors repay him with emotionally truthful performances. Winner: Alice in the City Award, Rome Film Festival; FIPRESCI Award and Best Feature Debut, Montreal Film Festival.

Director Bavo Defurne, Producer Yves Verbraeken, and Actor Jelle Florizoone are expected to attend both screenings.

DIRECTOR: Bavo Defurne
Producer: Yves Verbraeken
Editor: Els Voorspoels
Screenwriter: Bavo Defurne, Yves Verbraeken
Cinematographer: Anton Mertens
Music: Adriano Cominotto
Principal Cast: Jelle Floorizoone, Eva Van Der Gucht, Luk Wijns, Thomas Coumans, Mathias Vergels, Nina Marie Kortekaas
Filmography: Debut Feature
US Distributor: Strand Releasing -

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