Yuki lost his mother after a long illness, when his sister and him were still children. For loved ones, she is now only a distant voice, a foreign face on photos, a ghost who visits them in their dreams, an increasingly blurred memory. Munemitsu, his father, has done all he could to fill this unfathomable emptiness, even forgetting. But to no avail, given that Norie is still there, like a latent and sprawling presence, entwining the invisible bonds of the family. But who really was Norie ? To answer this question, the director Yuki asks his father to accompany him to the annual festival of the dead, to retrace the portrait of this woman—who one day—was his mother, as well as the mad love that his father carries for her. Throughout this epiphanic journey, Yuki and Munemitsu discover each other. They are no longer just father and son, but two men facing the pain of loss. The director builds, with extreme delicacy, a film on the complexity of family relationships, on transmission, on love. A poetic journey through the sprits that continue to live in the memory of others.
Elena López RieraRead More »
2001-2010DramaJean-Claude SchlimLuxembourgQueer Cinema(s)Romance
House of Boys is a 2009 Luxembourgian-German drama film directed and written by Jean-Claude Schlim, starring Layke Anderson, Benn Northover and Udo Kier. The film follows the story of Frank, a gay teenager in the 80’s who runs away from his home to start a new life and later his struggle against the recently discovered AIDS.
The film soundtrack uses music from a number of renowned artists like Cockney Rebel, Jimmy Sommerville, Klaus Nomi, Roy Orbison, Spandau Ballet, Soft Cell, Udo Kier, Romy Haag, Dangerous Muse, and ends with “Là-bas” (Somewhere) (music by Cyril Collard and lyrics by Corine Blue) and performed by Nyco Lilliu.Read More »
Antonio has spent his whole life away from Italy, his home country. He crosses paths with Leo, a young Italian artist who is trying to make it abroad. The old man and the young woman’s destinies mirror each other. Memories from the past are awoken and end up offering a more peaceful future to the both of them.Read More »
This film does not deal with Chernobyl, but rather with the world of Chernobyl, about which we know very little. Eyewitness reports have survived: scientists, teachers, journalists, couples, children… They tell of their old daily lives, then of the catastrophe. Their voices form a long, terrible but necessary supplication which traverses borders and stimulates us to question our status quo.Read More »
* Luxembourg’s Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008)
A delightful coming-of-age story set in small town Luxembourg in 1962 about a sensitive 12-year-old boy who is struggling with puberty and a difficult family life within a society that is still recovering from the effects of the former Nazi occupation.Read More »