It does not happen every year: a Flemish directorial debut has the nevenselectie ‘Un certain regard’ at the Cannes film festival. It comes to ‘Girl’ by Lukas Dhont, a Flemish director who graduated from the KASK in Ghent with his short films ‘Corps perdu’ and ‘L’infini’ scored at the film festivals of Ghent and Leuven.
His first feature film, is about the 15-year-old Lara, who dreams to become a ballerina. Lara is struggling with a female identity and a male body. The choreography in the film is of the great choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. It is the final film in a production of Dirk Impens, that in 1995 in Cannes with ‘Manneken pis’ and in 2009 with ‘The misfortunates’. The previous Flemish film in ‘Un certain regard’ is al ago of 1989 with ‘The sacrament’ by Hugo Claus.
“I am very happy with the course I with ‘Girl’ I may take it, and the confidence that I many have gotten to my first feature this way’, is the response Lukas Dhont. “Girl now in a world premiere, may propose at the Cannes film Festival just feels… incredible.’
‘Girl’ is the first film selected in the nevenselectie ‘Un certain regard’ and therefore no chance at the coveted Golden Palm. The Cannes film festival reported today, 17 contenders in the official competition. In between there are the ancient legends as Jean-Luc Godard, and Spike Lee, Harry Belafonte to the red carpet. But there is also a new film from the Iranian director Jafar Panahi, and David Robert Mitchell, who recently horrorhit scored with ‘It follows’.
Biggest absentee is ‘The man who killed Don Quixote’ by Terry Gilliam, possibly because that movie but not made it was at this time struggling with a lawsuit. There will be later, perhaps even some of the titles be added to the program.
The list of films in competition for the Golden Palm:
‘And guerre’ – Stéphane Brizé
‘Dogman’ – Matteo Garrone
‘Le livre d’image ” – Jean-Luc Godard
‘Netemo Sametemo (Asako (I & II) ” Ryusuke Hamaguchi
‘Plaire aimer et courir vite’ – Christophe Honoré
‘Les filles du soleil – Eva Husson
‘Ash is purest white’ – Jia Zhangke
Shoplifters – Kore-Eda Hirokazu
‘Buh-ning’ (‘Burning’), Lee Chang-Dong
‘Capharnaüm’ – Nadine Labaki
‘Blackkklansman’ – Spike Lee
Under the silver lake’ – David Robert Mitchell
The ‘Three faces’ – Jafar Panahi
‘Zimna Wojna’ (‘Cold war’) – Pawel Pawlikowski
‘Lazzaro felice’ – Alice Rohrwacher
‘Yomeddine’ – A. B. Shawky
‘Leto’ (L’été’) – Kirill Serebrennikov