Girl dominates the 10th Ensor Awards ceremony
- The first feature film by young Flemish director Lukas Dhont claimed 8 out of the 9 awards for which it was nominated
It’s an important moment for young filmmaker Lukas Dhont who was crowned the champion of Flemish cinema this Saturday past, taking home no less than 8 Ensor awards for his first feature film Girl [+see also:
interview: Lukas Dhont
film profile], including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor - for the incredible Victor Polster -, Best Screenplay and Best Director of Photography. Considered a veritable prophet in his homeland, this young man has seen the trajectory of his film end in resounding triumph, following a rosy beginning in Cannes 2018.
The film, which charts the inner journey of a young transgender girl who dreams of becoming a prima ballerina, scooped the prestigious Caméra d’or award in Cannes, where Victor Polster also bagged himself the prize for Best Performance in the Un Certain Regard sidebar of the Festival. Having toured the world, the film then went on to seduce Belgian and French audiences, with excellent results. A true phenomenon, it has also impressed its peers, who have now placed a laurel crown upon its figurative head in recognition of the filmmaker’s talent and the spot-on acting, but also the subtlety of the writing and the finely tuned artistic direction.
For her part, Ruth Beeckmans walked away with the Best Actress Ensor for her role in Trio, while Daniel Lambo’s Breathless [+see also:
film profile] was named Best Documentary. Frederike Migom bagged the Best Youth Film Award for Binti [+see also:
film profile], while the Ensor for Best Animated Film went to the short work This Magnificent Cake! put forth by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels.
The two main audience awards - namely, the Best Box Office Results Award and the Telenet Audience Award - were won by the other major Flemish film which has stood out these past 12 months: Don’t Shoot [+see also:
film profile], by Stijn Coninx.
A series of prizes also went to TV productions, a full list of which appears hereunder:
Lukas Dhont - Girl
Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens - Girl
Victor Polster - Girl
Ruth Beeckmans - Trio
Best Director of Photography
Frank van den Eeden - Girl
Best Set Design
Michelle Beeckman, Catherine Van Bree, Philippe Bertin - Girl
Valentin Hadjadj - Girl
Alain Dessauvage - Girl
Best Animated Film
This Magnicent Cake - Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels (short film)
Best Short Film
Provence - Kato De Boeck
Telenet Audience Award
Don’t Shoot - Stijn Coninx
Albert Bert International Reach Award
Best TV Series
Jonas Geirnaert, Julie Mahieu - De Dag
Gilles Coulier, Dries Vos - De Dag
Peter Van den Begin - Studio Tarara
Janne Desmet - Studio Tarara
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(Translated from French)
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