French Impressions – Girl (15)

Director: Lukas Dhont
Cast: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart
Language: French, Flemish, English
Country of Origin: Belgium, Netherlands
Year: 2018
Running Time: Film talk 60mins; Film screening 106mins

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The main feature film made the Golden Globe's short list for Best Foreign Film, it is topical with an excellent lead performance by Victor Polster. During this session Jon Davies will share a selection of clips from the rich seam of French films that have explored the joys and terrors of adolescence. From 400 Blows to the present day.

Girl (15)

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 to 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. Camera d'Or for best first feature and Queer Palm at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. London Film Festival's First Feature Competition Winner 2018 European Film Awards Winner: European Discovery – Prix FIPRESCI 2018.

This programme includes the Talk at 1pm-2pm and a Screening at 2.30pm


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