Winner of both the Queer Palm and Caméra d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Flemish writer/director Lukas Dhont’s first feature-length film is a stunning and accomplished debut. Recently chosen as Belgium’s entry in the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film category, Girl is the story of 15-year-old Lara, who has always known she was born in the wrong body. Immaculately portrayed by newcomer Victor Polster, Lara dreams of becoming a ballerina and is nearing the date for the gender reassignment surgery she has long desired.
Supported by her open-minded father and loving younger brother, Lara starts to feel the strain at the prestigious dance school she attends as the emotional and physical pressures she faces intensify. Lara’s complex inner emotions are beautifully expressed in a sensitive and empathetic film that heralds the arrival of two exciting new talents.