“Overwhelming.” That’s how Belgian film director Lukas Dhont describes debuting his first feature film, Girl, at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and walking away with four prizes. Although only 27 years old, Dhont has already established a reputation as a deft teller of interior stories that take root within one person but make emotional sense to all. The film probes the adolescent world of an ambitious transgender ballet dancer, Lara, played by Victor Polster. Dhont brings us achingly close to This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-One Buy Now Related Stories Fashion Films Issue 44 Wardrobe Malfunction Why does the fashion in films so often disappoint? Films Issue 41 Mike Leigh The remarkable director discusses starting from nothing, over and over again. Films Issue 40 Bad Idea: Smell-o-Vision The quixotic history of an improbable, impossible machine. Films Issue 38 Miranda July In Los Angeles, Miranda July talks to Robert Ito about pouring the fear, pleasure and unspoken weirdness of life into her genre-bending art. Films Issue 36 Phillip Youmans The 20-year-old director talks to Sharine Taylor about walking the tightrope between teen prodigy and award-winning filmmaker. Films Issue 33 Desiree Akhavan The Iranian-American filmmaker bringing her “weird and sexy” stories—and her parents—to set.