This extraordinarily passionate and compassionate film follows Lara (the superb Victor Polster), a young transsexual teenager whose medical progress is complicated by the grueling physical challenges of training to be a ballerina. Lukas Dhont’s storytelling, with its own lyrical, balletic elegance, seeks out every nuance and conflict arising from the physical and psychic challenges Lara must endure. Frank van den Eeden provides the agile, sensuous cinematography, and Polster, who was named Best Actor by the Cannes Un Certain Regard jury, and who was just 15 at the time of filming, embodies Lara’s obsessive dedication to her dreams. Polster’s commitment serves as the fuel for the film’s heartbreaking beauty and clarity. As writer and director, Dhont deservedly won Cannes’ Camera d’Or for Best First Feature.
Telluride at Dartmouth is a unique opportunity for the Dartmouth community to get a sneak peek at the latest international films—directly from Colorado for special advance screenings at the Hopkins Center.