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 Academys Foreign Language committee began yesterday) and is a favorite to be named among the nine finalists when the shortlist is revealed on 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 Dhonts named Nora Monsecour who is featured in this exclusive featurette promoting the movies upcoming streaming debut on Netflix 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, as well as the much-desired Camera dOr for first time filmmakers , and 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. “Im 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. To watch the featurette and meet Nora just click on the link above.