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‘Girl’ wins prize for best debut in Cannes

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The film ‘Girl’ of the Belgian film director Lukas Dhont has the Caméra d’or win at the Cannes film festival. That is the award for the best debut film. It is already the fourth award for the film at the prestigious film festival.

It is a true triumph for ‘Girl’, the feature debut of the 26-year-old director Lukas Dhont with the 16-year-old actor Victor Pad in the lead role. The film tells the true story of a teenager who was born as a boy and ballerina wants to be.

After the film already three prizes in the awards, came Saturday evening during the official closing ceremony is the icing on the cake with the Caméra d’or, the award for the best directorial debut. This year there were 18 debut films in the running for the Caméra d’or.

According to the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF) is Dhont the first Flemish filmmaker that the Caméra D’or wins. ‘He places himself in the list of previous winners, such as Steve McQueen, Jafar Panahi, Jim Jarmusch, and Jaco Van Dormael’. Who last won in 1991 the Caméra d’or, with ‘Toto le Héros’.

That it was good for ‘Girl’ turned out last week during the premiere in Cannes. Afterwards, Dhont treated to a standing ovation, which is the usual duration at premieres far exceeded. When the visible is due to the director, his cast and crew, the audience left, there were still people to applaud.

Four prizes

‘Girl’ also won the Queer Palm by 2018, an award for films in Cannes that themes such as homosexuality, bisexuality or transsexuality in the spotlight. Actor Victor Polster received the award for the best performance in the competition ‘Un certain regard’. In the same competition, the film was also the prize of the international fimcritici (Fipresci).

In his acceptance speech thanked Dhont his entourage. “I wear the film on to two extraordinary people. They, without whom the film didn’t come (and on whose story the film is based, ed.) And he, who at the age of 16 the role has taken on without having to worry about what people would say. The 16-year-old protagonist, Victor Polster, who Dhont refers took along with him the trophy in reception.

‘Girl’ appears to us after the summer in the cinema. Shortly after the award ceremony made streaming site Netflix, moreover, known that the Belgian film has been purchased for the American public.

Golden Palm

At the awards ceremony held in Cannes were, of course, also a lot of other film prizes were awarded. The prestigious Golden Palm went this year to the Japanese movie ‘Shoplifters’ by Hirokazu Kore-Eda. The Grand Prix, the unofficial ‘second city’, was for BlacKkKlansman of Spike Lee. Jean-Luc Godard received for his ‘Livre d’image”, a one-time Palme d’or spéciale.

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