Hull Independent Cinema presents GIRL
Lukas Dhont | 2018 | Belgium | Cert 15 | 106 mins | French language with English subtitles
The feature filmmaking debut from writer-director Lukas Dhont, GIRL is an extraordinarily moving coming-of-age tale about identity and the journey to becoming who you’re meant to be.
Determined 15-year-old Lara (an astonishing performance from newcomer Victor Polster) is a young woman who is fiercely committed to becoming a professional ballerina. She throws herself into this quest at a new school but finds the usual frustrations and challenges of adolescence are heightened as her body does not bend too easily to the strict ballet discipline because she was born a boy. Though supported by her family, Lara’s adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she prepares for gender reassignment surgery, pushing her body to its limits. Based on empowering real-life experiences, the award-winning GIRL is a powerful and sensitively told story about the nuances of growing up transgender and the struggle that can motivate or define that process.
Starring Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart
Awards and Reviews
Winner, Camera d’Or and Queer Palm – Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Best First Feature – BFI London Film Festival
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film – Golden Globes
“An elegant and poised piece of transgendered cinema” – Sight and Sound
“A stunning debut from both director Lukas Dhont and star Victor Polster” – Variety
GIRL is rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).
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