Belgian feature debut Julie Keeps Quiet wins two awards at Cannes Film Festival

Julie Keeps Quiet, the debut feature film by Belgian Leonardo van Dijl, won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday night, the Flemish Audiovisual Fund announced.

The film, known as Julie zwijgt in Dutch, was awarded the Prix SACD at the Semaine de la Critique and the Prix Fondation Gan to support its theatrical release in France.

In addition to these awards, the film has the chance to win the Caméra d'Or, the award for the best first film across all sections at Cannes. In 2018, Lukas Dhondt's Girl became the first Belgian film to win this award.

Julie Keeps Quiet is about a promising tennis player, Julie, who plays at a prestigious club. When her coach is suddenly suspended and an investigation is launched, all the players at the club are encouraged to tell their stories. But Julie chooses to remain silent.

The film had its world premiere last Saturday as part of the Semaine de la Critique, the oldest side event of the festival. On that evening, it was announced that Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka and her production company, Hana Kuma, would be executive producers.


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