Close Film Screening

Close Film Screening

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Monday, March 6, 2023
6:30 Reception and dance performance
7:30 Close screening
9:15 Discussion with Lukas Dhont, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and Niobe Way


A special screening of the Oscar-nominated film Close with director Lukas Dhont and a live performance from ODC/Dance.

Join us at ODC Theater for this one-night-only screening of the film Close, distributed by A24. Following the film, the director Lukas Dhont will be joined in conversation with Niobe Way, NYU professor and author of Deep Secrets, the book that inspired the film, and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, filmmaker and director of Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In and founder of The Representation Project

Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and see ODC/Dance perform at a pre-screening reception.

An event to benefit ODC. Special thanks to A24 and The Representation Project for their gracious support.


  • About Close

    Leo and Remi are two thirteen-year-old best friends, whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont's second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing.

    Close is a 2022 coming-of-age drama film directed by Lukas Dhont, and written by Dhont and Angelo Tijssens, reteaming after their first feature film Girl (2018). The film stars Eden Dambrine, Gustav de Waele, Emilie Dequenne and Léa Drucker. In writing the film, Dhont was inspired by psychologist Niobe Way's book, Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection, which documents her study of intimacy among teenage boys. Dhont named the film after a "close friendship," a recurring term in the book.

    Close premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 26 May 2022 to critical acclaim and won the Grand Prix. On 24 January 2023, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards. It also won the André Cavens Award for Best Film by the Belgian Film Critics Association.

    Close runs 105 minutes and is rated R. 

  • Lukas Dhont

    Lukas Dhont was born in Ghent, Belgium. He graduated with a diploma in audio-visual arts from the KASK School Of Arts in Ghent. Throughout his studies, he focused on fiction but also explored the possibilities of documentary. In 2016 Lukas Dhont participated in the Cannes Cinéfondation residency with the script for his first feature film, Girl. This film combines themes the filmmaker had already explored in his short work, including: dance, transformation and identity. Lukas Dhont collaborates regularly with choreographer and dancer Jan Martens with whom he co-signed a performance titled The Common People. In 2018 Lukas’ first feature film, Girl, was presented at the Cannes festival, in the official selection ‘Un Certain Regard’ and won, among other awards, the Caméra d’Or for Best First Movie. His second feature film Close was selected as part of the Official Competition of the 75th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival and won the Grand Prix.

  • Jennifer Siebel Newsom

    Jennifer Siebel Newsom is an award-winning filmmaker, influential thought leader on gender equality, and the First Partner of California. After graduating with honors from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, she wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation. As a result of Miss Representation’s impact, she launched The Representation Project, a nonprofit organization that uses film and media as catalysts for cultural transformation. Her second film as a director, The Mask You Live In, explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large. Her third film, The Great American Lie, unveils the underlying cultural causes of inequality in America. Jennifer’s latest film, 2022’s Fair Play, tackles the pressing issue of gender inequality at home and the importance of the care work that is often rendered invisible. She also executive produced the Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War and was an executive producer on the Emmy Award-winning documentary The Hunting Ground.

    Jennifer’s films have been seen by over 28 million people worldwide, and The Representation Project’s social action hashtag campaigns have reached more than 830 million people. The Representation Project is responsible for single-handedly shifting the norm of sexist Super Bowl ads with the #NotBuyingIt campaign. Similarly, their #AskHerMore campaign transformed sexist reporting on the red carpet, and empowered women in Hollywood to address inequalities in the industry, giving early momentum to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Since becoming First Partner of California, Jennifer has championed various issues related to gender equity and raising healthy, whole children, launching the initiatives #EqualPayCA, California For All Kids, and California for All Women. Jennifer lives in Sacramento, California with her husband, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and their four young children.

  • Niobe Way

    Niobe Way is Professor of Developmental Psychology and the founder of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity at New York University (NYU). She is also past President of the Society for Research on Adolescence and co-director of the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education at NYU. Her work focuses on social and emotional development, how ideologies shape families and child development in the U.S. and China, and on how to build a more just, humane and connected world. The Listening Project, which she helped create, is a school-based curriculum that aims to address the global crisis of connection (i.e., loneliness, depression, suicide, hate crimes, mass violence) by fostering listening with curiosity in schools, workplaces and homes. Way’s latest co-edited book is The Crisis of Connection: Its Roots, Consequences, and Solution. Way has also authored nearly a hundred journal articles and books, including Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection (Harvard University Press) and Everyday Courage: The Lives and Stories of Urban Teenagers.

Accessibility Services

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