At the age of 18, Belgian director Lukas Dhont read a newspaper article about a trans girl who wanted to take female dance classes. Eight years later, the article would inspire a film that drew critical acclaim on one of the biggest stages for a young filmmaker: the Cannes Film Festival.

“She, to me, was an example of someone who was able to choose the truest version of herself,” Dhont told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at a Q&A on Monday following a screening of his film “Girl,” which won three prizes at this year’s Cannes, including the Camera d’Or for best first feature film and the Queer Palm for best LGBT-related film.

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