NORTH SEA TEXAS (Noordzee, Texas)
Directed by Bavo Defurne
93 MIN | 2011 | Belgium | In Dutch with English subtitles | Not Rated
Set in a small town on the coast of Belgium in the 1960s, North Sea Texas is a quietly lovely coming-of-age story about introvert, Pim. As he progresses from childhood to adolescence, Pim must come to terms with his blossoming sexuality and his love for his childhood friend, Gino, whose family welcomes Pim as one of their own.
When Pim’s promiscuous mother, Yvette, leaves him behind for a lover, Pim is forced into adulthood. Never losing sight of who he is along the way, Pim’s journey is an affirming tale of independence and self-awareness. The breathtaking cinematography, stylized art direction, and skillfully nuanced storytelling coalesce to create a sublimely engrossing cinematic treasure. – Nancy Eaves
Principal Cast: Ben Van den Heuvel, Eva vander Guchtm Thomas Coumans
Winner: Alice in the City Award — Rome Film Festival; FIPRESCI Award and Best Feature Debut — Montreal Film Festival
Official Selection: Palm Springs International Film Festival; Warsaw LGBT Film Festival