“An assured debut that seduces you with a rural mystery rolled out at a leisurely clip and offers our first glimpse of the astonishing Vicky Krieps since her turn in Phantom Thread.” — WF
Gutland is a surrealist rural noir about a German thief who flees to a small village in Luxembourg only to discover that the locals have secrets of their own. Fusing pastoral crime thriller with ancient fable, Luxembourgish writer/director Govinda Van Maele’s fiction feature debut is handsome, mysterious, and spellbinding.
Gutland begins with the arrival of an outsider in the agricultural community of Schandelsmillen. Harvest season is already well underway, and Jens, a German drifter, is looking for work. He’s taken on as a farmhand, and taken off to bed by Lucy, a single mother who picks him up at the village beer hall.
Taciturn and solitary by nature, Jens doesn’t ingratiate himself to the locals, yet they take an instant liking to him, bringing him along to parties, gifting him with a trumpet and inviting him to join the village band. Jens’ first days in his new home flow by with bucolic tranquillity, but over time he begins to unearth clues of Schandelsmillen’s shadowy side – just as the villagers slowly catch on to something shady about Jens’ past.
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival
The director and cast will attend
Director Govinda Van Maele
Script Govinda Van Maele
Producers Gilles Chanial, Olivier Dubois & Melanie Blocksdorf
Cast Frederick Lau & Vicky Krieps
Country Belgium, Germany & Luxembourg
Duration 107 min