Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Cleo

 

Year: 2019
Country: BELGIUM
Run Time: 106 minutes

Cleo
Cleo
Cleo
Cleo

Six months after surviving the car accident that killed her parents, Cleo is only just beginning to feel like herself again. The 17-year-old—who now lives with her grandmother along with her seven-year-old brother, Bruno—is ready to revisit her favorite haunt, Club 7, for drinking and dancing with friends. For the first time, she seems to find an escape from her sorrow. So when a mysterious loner named Leos rescues her from a bar fight, Cleo doesn’t tell him about her parents. She merely mentions that she hates cars when he reveals he is an auto mechanic. Although Leos is over ten years older than Cleo, the two become friends, and, perhaps naively, Cleo hopes the relationship will become romantic. But the brooding Leos, who curiously doesn’t carry a cell phone, is dealing with his own troubled past. Eva Cools’ CLEO is a gripping exploration of grief and guilt accentuated by powerful piano concertos by Russian composer Rachmaninoff. (In Dutch and French with subtitles) — E.B.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 9:00 PM ET

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 1:50 PM ET

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:20 AM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Sidebar
Women of the World

Competitions
International Narrative Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director

Director
Eva Cools

Producers
Annemie Degryse, Jan De Clercq

Screenwriting
Eva Cools

Cinematography
Brecht Goyvaerts

Editing
Alain Dessauvage

Principal Cast
Anna Franziska Jaeger, Yolande Moreau, Roy Aernouts, Martha Canga Antonio, Natali Broods, Lucie Debay, Ishaq El Akel

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