The Flemish film ‘Girl’ wins the European Film Award for new talent, the Discovery Award. This is Lukas Dhont at 27 the youngest Belgian who win this particular award. Two countrymen went to him for: Hans Van Nuffel was 30 when he ‘Breath’ won in 2011; Jaco Van Dormael was 34 when, in 1991, he won with ‘Toto le héros’.
The price is certainly also partly the merit of producer Dirk Impens, the man who believed in the story that the young Dhont wanted to tell and that it accompanied. For Impens, it was the third time that a film from him to be nominated at the European Film Awards, after ‘Daens’ and ‘The broken Circle breakdown’. For the latter film won Veerle Baetens in 2013, the award for best actress.
She was not following the example of Victor Polster, who was nominated as best actor. Polster had to be beaten by Marcello Fonte, the protagonist of Dogman was the biggest favourite in that category. But for the 17-year-old Pad was a nomination is already a victory: the European cinema has its performance in Girl seen. And see which row he is: Jan Decleir, Jérémie Renier, Johan Heldenbergh returned once empty-handed back from the European Film Awards.
Later this evening we will know if Girl is also the grand prize will win: the film is also nominated for the prize for the best European film of the year. But judging by the buzz is the Cold War there are the top favourites.