‘Girl’, the feature film debut of Lukas Dhont, is the Belgian entry for the Oscars. That gave the Flemish Audiovisual Fund. ‘Girl’ was in may premiered at the Cannes film festival and collected afterwards selections for important festivals like Toronto, San Sebastian and Karlovy Vary. On 9 October, will open the film in the Film Fest Gent and from 17 October runs the movie with us in the halls.
“Since I was a child, am, I dream of the Oscars. Belgium to represent, is an incredible honor,” responded Dhont on the submission of his film in the category of Non-English-language Film. “What got me over the last few months happened, exceeded my wildest dreams, and the oscar nomination is the icing on the cake.”
‘Girl’ at Cannes it won the Queer Palm, the Fipresci prize of film criticism, and finally also the Caméra d’or for best debut feature. Protagonist Victor Polster was awarded the Prize for Best acting performance.
It is the third year in a row that a Flemish production is submitted for the Oscars, after ‘Le Fidèle’ from Michaël R. Roskam, in 2017 and ‘D’Ardennes’ by Robin Pront in 2016. Earlier Flemish submissions for Best Non-English Film ‘The misfortunates’ (2009) and “Ben X” (2007). Next to “Bullhead” in 2011 dragged the Flemish productions ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ (2013), ” Everybody’s famous!’ (2000) and ‘Daens’ (1992) an Oscar nomination in the wait.
The submitted films are the coming months, viewed by the members of the Foreign Language Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). On the basis of their reviews in the autumn a shortlist of nine films put together. Thereof a maximum of five feature films nominated for an Oscar. The official nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on January 22, 2019. The ceremonial prize giving will take place on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.