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"Girl" from Lukas Dhont is Belgian Oscar hopeful for 2019

The Flemish movie "Girl" directed by Lukas Dhont has been chosen by the Belgian Oscar Commission to represent our country in the category "Best Foreign Language Film" at next year's Oscar contest.

"Girl" is the debut of the 26-year-old Ghent film director Lukas Dhont. The movie has won a number of prizes already. "Girl" is based on true facts and tells the story of a teenager who was born as a boy and who wants to become a ballet dancer. 

Dhont is delighted with the choice: "Ever since I was a child I've been dreaming of the Oscars. It's will be a huge honour for me to be able to represent Belgium at the Oscars. What happened to me in the past months has exceeded my wildest expectations, and this is the icing on the cake."

"After the various awards in Cannes, this is our best chance for an Oscar nomination in years", says the VRT's film pundit Ward Verrijcken.