16-year-old Lara wants to be a ballerina. But besides her demanding studies, she faces another struggle: she knows she was born into the wrong body… A sensitive drama awarded at Cannes.

Belgium, Netherlands 2018
  • Czech
105 min.

Sixteen-year-old Laura lives with her father and little brother. She dreams of becoming a top ballet dancer and she’s willing to sacrifice everything to make it happen. In addition to her demanding studies Lara is trying to win another tough battle – since childhood she’s known that she was born into the wrong body. Despite undergoing hormone therapy since early puberty, her body, fully engaged in competitive sports, is not yet ready for sex reassignment surgery. Notwithstanding the support of everyone around her, Lara is confronted day in and day out with herself, with her body, with her fears and hopes. This empathetic film won the Camera d'Or for Best Debut at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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Director: Lukas Dhont
Screenplay: Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
Cinematography: Frank van den Eeden
Music: Valentin Hadjadj
Editing: Alain Dessauvage
Producer: Dirk Impens
Co-production: Arnold Heslenfeld, Jean-Yves Roubin, Laurette Schillings, Frans van Gestel, Cassandre Warnauts
Cast: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts, Valentijn Dhaenens, Katelijne Damen

Cannes Film Festival

2018 – Lukas Dhont (Golden Camera)

Cannes Film Festival

2018 – Victor Polster (Un Certain Regard – Best Actor)

European Film Awards

2018 – Lukas Dhont (European Discovery)

Zurich Film Festival

2018 – Lukas Dhont (Best International Feature Film)

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2018 – Lukas Dhont (Sebastiane Award – Best Film)

Lumiere Awards, France

2018 – Lukas Dhont (Best French Language Film)