North Sea Texas is the feature film debut from cult director Bavo Defurne, whose short films, love letters to the male form and soaked with lush visuals, have garnered fans from across the globe - drawing comparisons to Pierre et Gilles, Herbert List, Dreyer and Eisenstein.
Pim lives in a small town on the Belgian coast, together with his single mother Yvette, a local accordion starlet. It s an ordinary existence which Pim brightens up by dreaming of princesses, beauty queens and handsome Gino, the boy next door. But when hunky traveller Zoltan blows through town, Pim s life takes an exciting and unexpected turn.
Officially selected as the Closing Night Gala at the 26th BFI Lesbian & Gay Film Festival winning great praise from critics and audiences alike.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Dutch ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A lonely gay adolescent suffers the pangs of unrequited love in this poignantly rendered coming-of-age film from Bavo Defurne. The narrative unfolds in a small town on the Belgian coast in the late 1960s and '70s, where introverted dreamer Pim grows up accustomed to neglect from his mother Yvette-better known at the local bar as 'Yvette Mimosa,' accordion player-and petty humiliation from her 'driver' Etienne. Pim eventually finds succor at the home of Yvette's co-worker Marcella, where he hero-worships her older son, Gino. Meanwhile, Marcella's daughter Sabrina obviously longs for his attention. Friendship grows into love when Gino, cautioning Pim to secrecy, supplies the besotted boy's first sexual experiences. But when Gino begins a relationship with a French girl, jealous Pim focuses his wistful romantic fantasies on Zoltan, the hunky itinerant fun-fair worker who comes to board at his mother's house. Debuting director Defurne (known for his shorts celebrating gay love) took a risk in casting a trio of age-appropriate newcomers, but the young actors repay him with emotionally truthful performances. Having won the FIPRESCI Award and Best Feature Debut at Montreal Film Festival, North Sea Texas delicately captures the ecstasy of first love and the heartache of frustrated desire. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Montreal World Film Festival, ...North Sea Texas ( Noordzee, Texas )