Cannes Film Festival 2024: “Julie Keeps Quiet” by Belgian Leonardo van Dijl seduces the public on the Croisette

Cannes Film Festival 2024: “Julie Keeps Quiet” by Belgian Leonardo van Dijl seduces the public on the Croisette
Cannes Film Festival 2024: “Julie Keeps Quiet” by Belgian Leonardo van Dijl seduces the public on the Croisette

Julie Keeps Quiet, the first feature film by Belgian director Leonardo van Dijl, received loud applause on Saturday in Cannes, following its screening at Critics’ Week, a parallel section of the festival dedicated to first and second films.

Co-production of Films du Fleuve, the production house of the Dardenne brothers, Julie Keeps Quiet offers a dive into the world of competitive sports, and more particularly that of tennis. The main character of the film is Julie, a young player, under the influence of her coach, whose abuse she hid.

With this feature film, “the director signs a resolutely contemporary drama which, through the strength and tools of cinema, shows how difficult speech is sometimes to release”, underlined on Saturday, before the session, Ava Cohen, general delegate of La Semaine de la critic, visibly very moved by the theme.

“I wanted Julie to inspire us. There is a unique energy of rebellion, of emancipation in his decision to remain silent, which forces the film to respect its rhythm and not to bend to external injunctions,” explained Leonardo van Dijl.

“That said, the film does not pose silence as a solution,” continues the director. “The silence undermines us little by little. But it can be just as dangerous to speak up. In my story, I explore this dilemma. In a world where everyone is pushing her to speak, Julie chooses silence. In doing so, she demands that the world listen to what is not being said. Just like Antigone, Julie dares to say: “No”. »

Julie Keeps Quiet benefited from the support of the Audiovisual Fund of Flanders (VAF) as well as that of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. In addition to its selection at Critics’ Week, it also competes for the Caméra d’or, which rewards the best first film in all sections combined.

Leonardo van Dijl is not his first experience at Cannes. In 2020, he had already seen his short fiction film Stephanie selected on the Croisette.

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