EN - 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 realises her body does not bend so easily to the strict discipline because she was born a boy.

NL - Girl laat ons binnenkijken in het leven van de 15-jarige Lara, die het wil maken als ballerina. Samen met haar vader trotseert ze de wereld, maar vooral haar lichaam dat tegenstribbelt, want Lara is geboren als jongen.

FR - Lara, 15 ans, rêve de devenir danseuse étoile. Avec le soutien de son père, elle se lance à corps perdu dans cette quête d’absolu. Mais ce corps ne se plie pas si facilement à la discipline que lui impose Lara, car celle-ci est née garçon.


Title Girl
Original title Girl
Original language French, Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre drama
Year 2018
World première / first public presentation 2018-05-12


Cast Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter
Photography Frank van den Eeden
Editing Alain Dessauvage
Sound Yanna Soentjens
Art director Philippe Bertin
Costume Cathérine Van Bree
Makeup Michelle Beeckman
Music Valentin Hadjadj

Technical specs

Running time film 105'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 1:1,66 pillarboxed
Sound format Digital sound 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Netherlands Film Fund, Le Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Telenet
Production partners Topkapi Films, Frakas Productions
Tax shelter partners Casa Kafka Pictures

Lukas Dhont’s debut feature Girl selected for Cannes

Flemish filmmaker Lukas Dhont’s debut feature Girl has been selected for the prestigious Cannes section Un Certain Regard, it was announced at the Festival press conference in Paris this morning.

GirlGirl will have its world premiere in Cannes and will compete for the Prix Un Certain Regard, as well as the Caméra d’Or prize for best debut feature. This is the first time in 29 years that a Flemish film has been selected for Un Certain Regard.

Published on Thursday 12 April 2018

The Match Factory acquires international sales rights for Girl

The Match Factory, the Cologne-based sales agent which also sold The Broken Circle Breakdown, has acquired worldwide sales rights to Lukas Dhont's debut feature Girl, it was announced by Screen International at the start of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Girl was developed in the framework of the Cinéfondation Résidence and won the Work in Progress Prize at both last year's CONNeXT and at the European Film Festival of Les Arcs. Screen International recently cited Dhont's debut feature one of the "hottest projects from the Benelux in 2018".

Published on Monday 19 February 2018

Lukas Dhont’s project Girl wins Work In Progress Award at Les Arcs

Girl, Lukas Dhont’s debut feature currently in post-production, has won the Titrafilm Work In Progress Award at this year’s Les Arcs European Film Festival. The Award comes with an EUR 10,000 post-production grant. In October, Dhont won the Grid VFX Works In Progress Award at this year’s edition of CONNeXT.

GirlGirl is the story of a 15-year-old girl born in a boy's body who is ready to risk everything to pursue her dream of becoming a ballerina. In Les Arcs, Dhont presented some excerpts from his film which is currently being edited.

Published on Monday 18 December 2017

Flanders Image unveils CONNeXT’s full film line-up

Flanders Image has unveiled the full line-up of features to be presented — either in full, as a work in progress or as a pitch — at the second outing of its invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (8-11 October). Among the titles is new work from established filmmakers, including Oscar®-nominated directors Stijn Coninx, Dominique Deruddere and Michaël R. Roskam, as well as projects from a number of exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

CONNeXT 17At CONNeXT, festival curators, sales agents and buyers are offered a chance to get a glimpse of what is coming up in 2018 and beyond.

Published on Monday 4 September 2017

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Producers Dirk Impens
Writers Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens

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