EXCLUSIVE: Girl was just nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes yesterday and is the official entry from Belgium for the Foreign Language Feature competition at the Oscars (voting by the Academy’s Foreign Language committee began yesterday). It is a favorite to be named among the nine finalists when the Oscar shortlist is revealed December 17.
From first-time feature film director Lukas Dhont, Girl is about a 15-year-old named Lara, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of being a ballerina. It is inspired by the true story of a friend of Dhont’s named Nora Monsecour, who is featured in this featurette promoting the movie’s upcoming streaming debut on Netflix on January 18, just days before final Oscar nominations are announced.
Netflix picked up the film out of Cannes, where it was in competition in the Un Certain Regard section, won the FIPRESCI prize, the Queer Palm, and the much-desired Camera d’Or for first-time filmmakers. It also took the Un Certain Regard Best Actor prize for young star Victor Polster, who is a young ballet dancer himself and is simply remarkable in this role, completely convincing all the way in a movie that pulls no punches about the emotional and physical toll that Lara experiences in her transition.
After getting word of his Golden Globe nomination, Dhont offered a tribute to his friend who made this possible.
“I’m enormously grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this nomination and to be included in the company of such remarkable filmmakers. Girl was a labor of love for me that was made in close collaboration with my dear friend Nora, whose journey towards becoming a dancer is what inspired the film. By honoring this film, you honor Nora and the spirit of anyone who overcomes adversity to achieve their dreams,” he said.
Check out the video above.