Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2019
Country: BELGIUM
Language: Dutch, French
Run Time: 106 minutes


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

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 9:00 PM

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:20 AM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition


Eva Cools

Annemie Degryse, Jan De Clercq

Eva Cools

Brecht Goyvaerts

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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