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Beautiful Boy

Felix van Groeningen, USA 2018, 120’
Ben Is Back

In his English-language debut, Felix van Groeningen (The Misfortunates, The Broken Circle Breakdown) confirms his reputation for portraying complex family relationships. In Beautiful Boy, the Belgian director tells the story of journalist David Sheff (Steve Carell) and his drug-addicted son, Nic (Timothée Chalamet). David, who was convinced for years that he had an excellent relationship with his son, does everything to fix the mistakes of the past to help Nic scrape himself up off the bottom. As usual, van Groeningen does not eschew intense emotions and provokes audiences to feel without ever crossing the line into kitsch. The actors operate wonderfully in the director’s convention and Timothé Chalamet’s (Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird) performance is especially moving, confirming why he has become one of the most sought-after young talents; he received a Golden Globe nomination for his efforts.

Piotr Czerkawski


Chicago IFF 2018 - Best Feature

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Felix van Groeningen

Born in 1977, Felix van Groeningen is a Belgian film director and screenwriter. He grew up in a very liberal hippie family and would go on to use these experiences in his films. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. After completing his studies, he began to direct shorts and theater, finally making his feature-length debut in 2004 with Steve + Sky. Beautiful Boy is his English-language debut.


2004 Steve + Sky

2007 Dagen zonder lief / With Friends Like These

2009 Boso, ale na rowerze / De helaasheid der dingen / The Misfortunes

2012 W kręgu miłości / The Broken Circle Breakdown

2016 Belgica

2018 Mój piękny syn / Beautiful Boy

Cast & Crew

director Felix van Groeningen
screenplay Luke Davies, Felix van Groeningen
cinematography Ruben Impens
editing Nico Leunen
music Ulrika Akander
cast Timothée Chalamet, Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Jack Dylan Grazer
producer Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt
production Amazon Studios, Big Indie Pictures, Plan B Entertainment
Polish distributor M2 Films
language English
coloration colour
festival partners