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Lukas Dhont
Belgium, Netherlands 2018 / 105’
Border Lean on Pete

Fifteen-year-old Lara is determined to fulfill her dream of getting into a prestigious ballet school and having a career as a ballerina. As a sensitive girl, she also dreams of finally getting out of the boy's body that she's been imprisoned in since birth. First-time director Lukas Dhont, one of the discoveries at this year's Cannes Festival, made a film that is mature and extraordinarily subtle about how oppressive one's own body can be and how exhausting it can be to fight its limitations-all the more so when that body is young and impatient, restless and seeking its own identity, and everything has to happen here and now. Girl also owes its success to charismatic dancer Victor Polster, who, with his great performance, transcends culturally imposed gender stereotypes, revealing the painful imperfection of biological definitions and how they are perceived in society.

Katarzyna Wolanin

Lukas Dhont

Born in 1991, Lukas Dhont is a graduate of the KASK Art Academy in Ghent. His short films have won awards at numerous film festivals (e.g., in his hometown of Ghent and Leuven). He also makes music videos. Showered with awards at this year's Cannes Festival, Girl is his feature debut.


2012 Corps perdu (kr.m.)

2012 Huid von Glas (kr.m.)

2014 L'Infini (kr.m.)

2018 Girl

Cast & Crew

director Lukas Dhont
screenplay Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
cinematography Frank van den Eeden
editing Alain Dessauvage
music Valentin Hadjadj
cast Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts, Katelijne Damen, Valentijn Dhaenens
producer Dirk Impens
production Menuet, Frakas Prods., Topkapi Films
Polish distributor Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
language French, Flemish, English
colouration colour