Govinda Van Maele

Luxemburg, Germany, Belgium 107 min Spanish premiere Fiction


Early one summer morning a young man, with a secret stashed away in a duffel bag, emerges from the forest. In a nearby village he asks around for work, but the farmers, suspicious to the point of hostility, are not very forthcoming. Only when Lucy, the mayor’s unruly daughter, takes a liking to him, does the village change its attitude: he’s promptly offered a job as a farmhand and a caravan to live in. As time passes and he’s gradually integrated into the community, it emerges that he’s not the only one with a past to hide. Something sinister is lurking under the immaculate surface of this picturesque little world – and it is slowly drawing him in.


Govinda Van Maele

(Luxembourg, 1983) His short film Josh (2007) travelled extensively on festivals and won several awards. His following short A Day in The Open (2012) won the Luxembourg Film Award and was broadcasted on ARTE. He has shot documentaries for television and the cinema and worked as a curator of exploitation cinema at the Luxembourg Cinematheque. Gutland is his first feature.

Filmography: Gutland (2017), You Go Ahead (2013, curt), A Day in The Open (2012), Josh (2007, curt)

Govinda Van Maele

Film information

Director: Govinda Van Maele
Script: Govinda Van Maele
Contact: Stray Dogs
With: Vicky Krieps, Frederick Lau, Pit Bukowski, Leo Folschette, Martine Kohn
Country: Luxemburg, Germany, Belgium
Year: 2017
Format: DCP
Length: 107 min
Language: German
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2018