GUTLAND, a rural noir with a surreal twist, is Luxembourg's upcoming director Govinda Van Maele's first feature film.
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 is promptly offered a job as a farmhand and a caravan to live in.
As time passes and he is 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 was born in Luxembourg in 1983, as son of Sri Lankan - Belgian parents. He started making films in his teens and was hired to work in the local film industry after high school graduation. His directorial credits include the shorts JOSH (2007), A DAY IN THE OPEN (2012), and YOU GO AHEAD (2013), as well as the documentary WE MIGHT AS WELL FAIL (2011). GUTLAND is his debut fiction feature.
GUTLAND was produced by Les Films Fauves in Luxembourg, in coproduction with Novak Prod (Belgium) and Propellerfilm (Germany). The film was supported by the Film Fund Luxembourg, Eurimages, the Centre du Cinéma de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Taxshelter.be and ING, in coproduction with Shelter Prod and ZDF/ARTE, in collaboration with ZDF - Das Kleine Fernsehspiel.