Girl (2018 film)

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Girl
Girl (2018 film).jpg
Film poster
Directed byLukas Dhont
Written by
StarringVictor Polster
Music byValentin Hadjadj
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • 12 May 2018 (2018-05-12) (Cannes)
  • 9 October 2018 (2018-10-09) (Belgium)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryBelgium
LanguageDutch
French
Box office$3.3 million[1][2]

Girl is a 2018 Belgian drama film directed by Lukas Dhont. It was written by Dhont and Angelo Tijssens. It screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It won the Caméra d'Or award for best first feature film at the festival, as well as the Queer Palm.[3][4] Also at Cannes, Victor Polster won the Un Certain Regard Jury Award for Best Performance.[5] It was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.[6][7] At the London Film Festival on 20 October 2018, Girl won the Sutherland Trophy for the Best First Feature.[8]

Plot[edit]

Lara, a 15-year-old transgender girl, studies at a prestigious Belgian dance academy. The rigors of training as a ballerina are further complicated as she prepares for sex reassignment surgery.[9]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film has been inspired by the true story of a Belgian transgender person who meanwhile has become a successful professional dancer in the modern dance theatre scene. The director offered her originally to act in a documentary film on her own life but she refused because she wanted a normal life development without being publicly exposed all her youth by the existence of the film, so being pigeonholed as transgender all the time.[10]

Reception[edit]

The film has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[11]

However, some trans advocates have been critical of the movie.[12][13][14][15] Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Oliver Whitney described it as "outrageously irresponsible" and "a drastic step backwards for trans representation in Hollywood".[12]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Adelaide Film Festival 10–21 Oct 2018 Best Feature Film Girl Nominated [16]
Cannes Film Festival 8–19 May 2018 FIPRESCI Prize
Un Certain Regard
Girl Won [17]
Golden Camera Lukas Dhont Won
Queer Palm Girl Won
Un Certain Regard Jury Award for Best Performance Victor Polster Won
Un Certain Regard Girl Nominated
CPH PIX Film Festival 27 Set – 10 Oct 2018 Best New Talent Grand PIX Lukas Dhont Nominated [18]
European Film Awards 15 Dec 2018 Best Film Girl Pending [19]
Best Actor Victor Polster Pending
Best European Discovery Girl Pending
Golden Globes Awards 6 Jan 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Pending [20]
ICFF "Manaki Brothers" 22-29 Sept 2018 Golden Camera 300 Frank van den Eeden Nominated [21]
Jerusalem Film Festival 22-29 Sept 2018 International First Film Lukas Dhont Nominated [22]
Les Arcs European Film Festival 16–23 Dec 2017 TitraFilm Prize Won [23]
Lisbon Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 14-22 Sept 2018 Audience Award Girl Won [24]
Best Actor Victor Polster Won
London Film Festival 10–21 Oct 2018 Best First Feature Film Lukas Dhont Won [25]
Melbourne International Film Festival 2–19 Aug 2018 Best Narrative Feature Girl 7th place [26]
French National Center of Cinematography 30 Nov 2018 Best Film of the Year 1st place [27]
Odesa International Film Festival 13–21 Jul 2018 Best International Film Nominated [28]
Best Acting Victor Polster Won
Oostende Film Festival 7-15 Sept 2018 Best National Debut Lukas Dhont Won [29]
Palić Film Festival 14–20 Jul 2018 Best Film Girl Won [30]
Philadelphia Film Festival 18–28 Oct 2018 Best First Film Lukas Dhont Nominated [31]
Pingyao International Film Festival 11–20 Oct 2018 People's Choice Award Girl Won [32]
San Sebastián International Film Festival 21-29 Sept 2018 Best Film Won [33]
Best European Film Won
Seville European Film Festival 9–17 Nov 2018 Best LGBT Film
(Ocaña Award)
Nominated [34]
Stockholm Film Festival 7–18 Nov 2018 Best Film Nominated [35]
Best Actor Victor Polster Won
Thessaloniki Film Festival 1–11 Nov 2018 Best LGBTQI-themed Film Girl Nominated [36]
Zurich Film Festival Set 27 – 7 Oct 2018 Best International Feature Film Won [37]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Girl (2018)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Girl (2018)". The Numbers. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  3. ^ "The 2018 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Cannes Lineup Includes New Films From Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard". Variety. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ Lodge, Guy (18 May 2018). "Cannes: 'Border' Leads Un Certain Regard Award Winners". Variety. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  6. ^ "'Girl' is Belgian entry for the Oscars". De Morgen. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (27 August 2018). "Oscars: Belgium Selects 'Girl', Cannes' Camera D'Or, As Foreign Language Entry". Deadline. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  8. ^ Korsner, Jason (20 October 2018). "London Film Festival Awards are as Topical as a News Bulletin". What's Worth Seeing. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  9. ^ van Hoeij, Boyd (12 May 2018). "'Girl': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  10. ^ Die Tänzerin Nora Monsecour Die Inspiration für den Film "Girl" (TV film and interview) (in German). 30 November 2018.
  11. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/girl/
  12. ^ a b "Belgium's Foreign-Language Oscar Submission, 'Girl,' Is a Danger to the Transgender Community (Guest Column)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Netflix's 'Girl' Is Another Example of Trans Trauma Porn and Should Be Avoided At All Costs". www.intomore.com. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Girl, vivement déconseillé aux personnes transgenres". parismatch.be (in French). 18 October 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  15. ^ "« Girl » : La Preuve par l'Exemple à (ne pas) suivre". Le Rayon Vert (in French). 15 October 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Girl". ADLFF. October 2018.
  17. ^ "Cannes 2018 : « Burning », « Girl » et « Un jour » prix FIPRESCI". Ecran total. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  18. ^ "New Talent Grand". CPH PIX & BUSTER. October 2018.
  19. ^ "European Film Awards Nominations: 'Cold War', 'Dogman', 'Border' Lead – Full List". Deadline Hollywood. November 2018.
  20. ^ Staff, Variety; Staff, Variety (6 December 2018). "Golden Globe Nominations: Complete List". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  21. ^ "New Talent Grand". ICFF Manaki Brothers. September 2018.
  22. ^ "Fist Film". ICFF Manaki Brothers. September 2018.
  23. ^ "Girl, Gold Is All There Is Win Prizes at Les Arcs". Variety. 1 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Winners". Queer Lisboa. 1 September 2018.
  25. ^ "Lukas Dhont on Girl winning Best First Feature Sutherland Award". YouTube. 1 October 2018.
  26. ^ "GIRL Unclassified 18+". MIFF. August 2018.
  27. ^ "Le Top 10 des films français (ou francophones) 2018". UniFrance. November 2018.
  28. ^ "Girl". Magazine Style Feel Free. September 2018.
  29. ^ "De ensors: Winnaars 2018". Filmfestival Oostende. September 2018.
  30. ^ "Girl wins the Golden Tower at the 25th EFF Palić". Creative Europe Media. July 2018.
  31. ^ "27th Philadelphia Film Festival" (PDF). PFF. July 2018.
  32. ^ "The 2nd Pingyao International Film Festival will open this year on 11th October Call for Entries Now". PYIFF. October 2018.
  33. ^ "High Life wins San Sebastián's FIPRESCI Award". Creative Europe Media. September 2018.
  34. ^ "El Ayuntamiento de Cantillana entrega el trofeo para el Premio Ocaña a la mejor película LGTBIQ del #15FestivalSevilla". Fundación Audiovisual de Andalucía. November 2018.
  35. ^ "Winners at Stockholm International Film Festival 2018" (PDF). Stockholms filmfestival. November 2018.
  36. ^ "59th TIFF: The Closing Ceremony". TIFF. November 2018.
  37. ^ "Girl wins top prize at 2018 Zurich Film Festival". Screen Daily. October 2018.

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