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

Moonlight

Year: 2003
Country: NETHERLANDS
Run Time: 90 minutes

In a wooded suburb in the Benelux, Claire, an adolescent girl in an affluent but sterile household, suffers alone through her first burst of menstrual blood. Fleeing in terror to a shed, she finds another child bleeding - but from a pistol shot that was meant to kill him. The nameless boy, with vaguely Middle-Eastern features but who speaks no language known to Claire, is a drug syndicate's expendable "mule". His digestive-tract still holds balloons of cocaine he was supposed to smuggle past customs. Claire was herself an abandoned orphan and feels more affinity for this semi-feral alien youth than for her adoptive parents. She treats and shelters him in secret, then goes on the run from his implaccable pursuers. As her world becomes larger, it has suddenly also become threatening and terrible. An eerie, poetic and unsettling depiction of innocence lost, of the magic of childhood blending into the evil that adults do MOONLIGHT plays out an unforgettable nocturne. (In English and Dutch with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Carel Donck

Producer
Emjay Rechsteiner

Cinematography
Guido van Gennep

Editing
Sander Vos

Principal Cast
Laurien Van den Broeck, Hunter Bussemaker, Johan Leysen, Jemma Redgrave, Andrew Howard

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