GUTLAND

By Govinda VAN MAELE

LES FILMS FAUVES - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2017

In this surrealist rural noir, starring Frederick Lau and Vicky Krieps, a thief from a distant German city finds refuge in a small Luxembourgish village. As he is gradually integrated into the community, it emerges that he’s not the only one with a past to hide.

Festivals
& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2017
Discovery
Toronto - TIFF 2017
World Premiere / Discovery Section
Oaxaca Film Festival 2017
Tokyo International Film Festival 2017
Asian Premiere / Competition
Cairo IFF 2017
Arab Premiere / International Panorama
Chennai International Film Festival 2017
Indian Premiere
American Film Institute European Union Film Showcase 2017
US Premiere
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018
Californian Premiere
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Drama, Thriller, First film
    • Countries
    • LUXEMBOURG, BELGIUM, GERMANY
    • Languages
    • LUXEMBOURGISH, GERMAN
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 117 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Govinda VAN MAELE
    • Writer(s)
    • Govinda VAN MAELE
    • Producer(s)
    • Gilles CHANIAL (LES FILMS FAUVES), Olivier DUBOIS (NOVAK PROD), Melanie BLOCKSDORF (PROPELLERFILM)
    • Synopsis
    • Jens, a small time crook on the run, is only expecting to spend the night when he makes a stop in the village of Schandelsmillen. When he meets Lucy Loschetter and spends that night with her, his plan slowly disintegrates. Soon he finds himself working in the village as a farm hand, joining the brass brand as a novice trumpeter and sharing farmer gossip in the local café. After the big city gangsters that are after him drop by the village, but fail to recognise him, he figures he has found the perfect cover. Perfect, except for that lingering sensation that something is not quite right. Something dark is lurking behind the village's immaculate surface, but Jens has a hard time figuring out exactly what it is. Does it involve Lucy's violent former lover? Is it linked to the abandoned farm outside the village? Or to the burned-out car he found in the forest? Is Lucy even to be trusted? On his quest for the truth, Jens get drawn in deeper and deeper. When he eventually re-emerges he will have, quite literally, become another person.
    • Partners & financing
    • Novak Prod (BE) - Coproducer
      Propellerfilm Gmbh (DE) - Coproducer
      Film Fund Luxembourg - Writing & Development Support
      Film Fund Luxembourg - Production Support
      EURIMAGES - Production Support
      Centre de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles - Production Support
      Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique - Financial Support
      ShelterProd & Taxshelter.Be - Coproduction & Financial support
      ZDF/ARTE - Coproduction & TV Presale
      ZDF Das Kleine Fernsehspiel - TV Presale
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jul 31, 2016
    • End of shooting
    • Nov 15, 2016
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