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Off Set 2018 TIFF Portrait Series: Girl

Off Set 2018 TIFF Portrait Series: Girl

The first in our Off Set 2018 TIFF Portrait Series is Belgium’s Foreign Language Oscar nom in Lukas Dhont‘s Girl. The Un Certain Regard stand-out was coveted by programmers at the Directors’ Fortnight and Critic’s Week — and for good reason — as it went onto win the Camera d’Or (attributed to the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes’ selections). After a pitstop at Telluride, the filmmaker descended into Toronto (Discovery programme) along with breakout performer Victor Polster and supporting player (the empathetic father character) Arieh Worthalter — an actor who is having a remarkable fall fest season with Elsa Amiel’s Pearl premiering at Venice, and Olivier Masset-Depasse’s Mothers’ Instinct having its world preem at Toronto as well.

Lukas Dhont GIRL

Lukas Dhont, GIRL / Photo © Marie France L’Ecuyer IONCINEMA

Victor Polster, GIRL / Photo © Marie France L’Ecuyer IONCINEMA

Arieh Worthalter, GIRL / Photo © Marie France L’Ecuyer IONCINEMA

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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