Having won awards at Cannes last year and picking up a nomination at the Golden Globes, Lukas Dhont’s Girl comes to the UK with much excitement already behind it. But with that also comes a degree of controversy, as this film, about a young transgender girl who wants to become a ballerina, has garnered its fair share of criticism too along the way.

To mark the film’s release, we sat down with the director Dhont, in what is his directorial debut, to discuss the movie and offer his side of the argument, as he talks about how the film can contribute effectively to the conversation about the Trans community. He talks about the genderless casting that took place for the lead role of Lara, played by Vitor Polster, and what it was like working with this talented young actor.

Watch the full interview below:


Lara, a 15-year-old girl who was born in a boy’s body, is committed to becoming a professional ballerina.

Girl is released in cinemas on March 15th