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Year: 2018
Production: Other

GIRL - Belgium-Netherlands, 2018, 105 min, color
DIRECTOR: Lukas Dhont
CAST: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts, Katelijne Damen, Valentijn Dhaenens, Magali Elali, Alice de Broqueville, Alain Honorez, Chris Thys, Angelo Tijssens, Marie-Louise Wilderijckx, Virginia Hendricksen

Cannes '18 – Golden Camera, FIPRESCI Award in Un Certain Regard, Best Actor in Un Certain Regard (Victor Polster)
London '18 – Sutherland Award
Odessa '18 – Best Acting (Vistor Polster)
San Sebastian '18 – Audience Award, Best Film
Stockholm '18 – Best Actor (Victor Polster)
Zurich '18 – Golden Eye

Determined 15-year-old Lara is committed to becoming a professional ballerina. With the support of her father, she throws herself into this quest for the absolute at a new school. Lara’s adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she realizes her body does not bend so easily to the strict discipline because she was born a boy.
“I wanted the audience to understand what it’s like to be born in a body that’s not yours. A lot of people have a body they don’t feel fully connected to. I wanted to talk about the relationship with the body, and next to that, I really wanted to show the father-child relationship. The conflict is not between them, there is no question at all from the father’s point of view whether the child should do this, this is a supportive character who shows a lot of love.”
Lucas Dhont, ScreenDaily
Lukas Dhont
Lukas Dhont was born in Ghent, Belgium. He graduated with a diploma in audiovisual arts from the KASK School Of Arts in Ghent. His short films, Headlong and L’infini, received numerous prizes. L’infini also qualified for the Oscars in 2015. Throughout his studies, he focused on fiction but also explored the possibilities of documentary. In 2016, Lukas Dhont participated in the Cannes Cinéfondation residency with the script for his first feature film, Girl. This film combines themes the filmmaker has already explored, like dance, transformation and identity. Lukas Dhont collaborates regularly with choreographer and dancer Jan Martens with whom he co-signed a performance titled “The Common People”.
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