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)