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Beautiful Boy
Archived: Beautiful Boy (2018)

director: Felix van Groeningen

With: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, a.o.

duration: 112 minutes
Drama, Litarature

Gala Premières and special events

The screening will be followed by the Grand Night Out - Film Fest Gent Official Closing Party.

Based on the memoir 'Beautiful Boy' by David Sheff and 'Tweak' by his son, Nic Sheff, 'Beautiful Boy' chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

"David Sheff (Carell) has a life many would envy: a beautiful older teenage son Nic (Chalamet) to whom he is close; two younger children from his happy second marriage to artist Karen (Maura Tierney), a loving stepmother to his first son; a house near the north California coast; and notable success as a journalist with major publications like The New York Times and Rolling Stone. Life is good. An open, communicative father, he isn't too alarmed when Nic casually experiments with marijuana. Then, without warning, Nic's interest in drugs transforms, becoming more urgent, desperate even. The boy who loved books, music, surfing and his family is withdrawn, agitated, mercurial and dishonest. By the time David realises what's happening, Nic is hooked on crystal meth." (BFI)

"Fresh from his breakout role in 'Call Me By Your Name' Timothée Chalamet turns in another dazzling performance in 'Beautiful Boy', where he plays a young man raging and suffering through drug addiction. Adapting the bestselling books that David Sheff and Nic Sheff wrote about their experiences, Belgian director Felix van Groeningen brings both realism and poetry to a tragically timely story. As the Sheffs confront the intractable, unpredictable beast of addiction, they must at the same time confront the fact that Nic's pain might also be his choice. 'Beautiful Boy' doesn't shy away from the harsh reality of this family's struggle, but frames it with a surprising amount of life, love, and hope." (TIFF) 


director: Felix van Groeningen
producer: Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner
screenplay: David Sheff, Nic Sheff, Luke Davies, Felix Van Groeningen
Editor: Nico Leunen
Cinematography: Ruben Impens
sound: Elmo Weber

production company: Amazon Studios

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch subt.
Country: United States of America
year: 2018


FELIX VAN GROENINGEN: 50CC (2000, Short), Steve + Sky (2004), Dagen Zonder Lief (2007), De Helaasheid der Dingen (2009), The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012), Belgica (2016), Beautiful Boy (2018).

Technical Specs

format: DCP

Other festival films by director Felix van Groeningen

2012:The Broken Circle Breakdown
2009:De Helaasheid der dingen


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