Director: Lukas Dhont

109 mins, Belgium, 2018, Digital, Subtitled

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A gender non-conforming teenager prepares for imminent sex reassignment surgery whilst having to prove her credentials at a prestigious dance company in Lukas Dhont’s strikingly assured debut feature, which resonates with empathy for its bravely resilient heroine. Anchored by stunning central performances by 15-year old Victor Polster as Lara, and Arieh Worthalter as her concerned yet accepting father Mathias, Dhont’s naturalistic film grows in power as Lara pushes herself to breaking point in her determination to excel in her craft and be accepted by her peers.

Director’s Note: Victor Polster’s stellar performance displays with acute sensitivity Lara’s relationship with the body, and her inner turmoil in this poignant first feature tackling gender issues.

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize, Caméra d’Or, Queer Palm, and Best Actor, Un Certain Regard Cannes Film Festival 2018

Screening as part of IFI French Film Festival 2018 – November 14th to 25th

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