Cannes warm up: Celebrating Cinema with Lukas Dhont (Day 1)
Arts & Culture

Mon. May 6, 5:00PM

Cannes warm up: Celebrating Cinema with Lukas Dhont (Day 1)

Multi-award filmmaker Lukas Dhont settles at TheMerode for two evenings of intimate screenings followed by conversations with his guests. Join us for a unique croisette experience at the heart of the new Belgian scene.

Prepare for a cinematic journey like no other as we set the stage for Cannes and sink into the comfort of deckchairs under the open sky with an exclusive screening of Lukas Dhont's 'Girl'. 

In the ever-evolving landscape of cinema, few films have sparked as much conversation and introspection as Lukas Dhont's 'Girl'. This groundbreaking film delves deep into the complexities of identity, ambition, and the struggles of a young ballerina navigating the challenges of transition.

Following the screening, we invite you for an exclusive conversation between Lukas Dhont and film expert, Britt Valkenborghs. This is a unique opportunity to gain insights into the creative process behind 'Girl' and discuss the broader themes of transformation and acceptance that resonate throughout the film.


Lukas Dhont

Lukas Dhont, an eminent Belgian film director and screenwriter, has emerged as a powerful voice in contemporary cinema. With his debut feature, 'Girl', Dhont received global acclaim, capturing the Caméra d'Or and the Queer Palm at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. His storytelling bravely tackles themes of identity, transformation, and the complexities of adolescence. His second film, 'Close', continued his exploration of intimate human experiences, earning the Grand Prix at the 2022 Cannes Festival and an Academy Award nomination. Dhont’s films challenge and inspire, making him a significant figure in international cinema.


Britt Valkenborghs

Britt Valkenborghs is deeply entrenched in the world of film, writing, and presenting. Having recognized her love for the art of storytelling through film, Valkenborghs pursued studies in theater and film studies, honing her understanding of narrative construction and cinematic techniques. After her academic pursuits, she ventured into the industry, where she gained invaluable experience behind the scenes. Subsequently, Valkenborghs transitioned into the role of a film reporter, writer, and videomaker, contributing her insights and analysis to esteemed media outlets such as DPG (including Qmusic, VTM Nieuws, and De Morgen), Canvas, FilmFestival Oostende, Film Fest Gent, De Standaard, and Streamz.
Mon. May 6, 5:00PM
Mon. May 6, 9:00PM
Guest allowed?
Yes, 1 per member


Place Poelaert, 6
1000 Brussels
Parking Poelaert, Place Poelaert 1000 Brussels

Detailed program

Mon. May 6, 5:00PM
Film Screening
Mon. May 6, 5:30PM
Conversation between Lukas Dhont and Britt Valkenborghs
Mon. May 6, 7:30PM
Mon. May 6, 8:30PM
Mon. May 6, 9:00PM