Lukas Dhonts first feature film GIRL is nominated for the Foreign Language Film category in the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced its nominees this Thursday in Hollywood. Nominees are put forward in 25 award categories, with the winners selected by HPFA members, who are drawn from over 40 countries around the world. “I am very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, it is such an honour to be nominated together with such great filmmakers.” says director Lukas Dhont. The 76th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on January 6.
GIRL has already received multiple awards. Not only has Girl been awarded with the prestigieus Camera d’Or at the Cannes film festival, it also won the Queer Palm, got awarded with the Prix FIPRESCI by the international press, won the price for best film and the audience award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, got awarded with the Golden Eye at the Zurich Film Festival for Best International Feature Film and the Knack Focus Jo Röpcke Award during Film Festival Ghent. Lead actor Victor Polster also scored the Best Performance nod in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, Best Actor at the Stockholm Film Festival. The film also received 3 nominations for the European Film Awards: Best European Film, Best European Actor (Victor Polster) and Best European Discovery 2018.
GIRL tells the story of 15-year-old Lara who wants to become a ballerina, with a classical training for female dancers. Lara is accepted in a ballet school and her dream seems closer than ever. But there is one problem: Lara was born into the body of a boy. A body that she will push to its limits in order for her to succeed.
The film is produced by Menuet (BE) in co-production with Topkapi Films (NL) and Frakas Productions (BE). Girl received support from Belgium’s Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and the Netherlands Film Fund.