Vendetta Films' 2018 Cannes Acquisitions

Posted on 6/26/2018 by in Cannes Acquisitions Girl Border Ali Abbasi Louis Dhont

Vendetta has brought some fantastic films back from Cannes for Australian and New Zealand audiences.

Vendetta came back from the 2018 Cannes Film Festival with two fantastic theatrical acquisitions from the Un Certain Regard Section: Girl, directed by Louis Dhont, and Border, directed by Ali Abbasi. For Girl, Louis Dhont won the Caméra d'Or and Victor Polster won the Un Certain Regard acting award for his standout central performance as Lara.


"World cinema at its absolute best"

-Paul Heath, The Hollywood News


This film is an empathetic, emotionally rich portrait of 15-year-old trans girl, Lara, who's world is undergoing significant and much desired transformation. She has just moved to a new city where she has been provisionally accepted into a prestigious ballet school and she will soon be old enough to start hormone replacement therapy. Held captive by her body, she tapes her genitals and hides the bloodied feet which have not grown up en pointe like the other girls. While her father offers her nothing but support, she is all teenage uncertainty and her interior world moves closer to self-destruction even as her outer beauty blooms.


"A disruptive blast that will be hailed as one of the year's best genre films"

- Tom Kiesecoms, Screen Anarchy

An ingenious and twisted blend of crime drama and supernatural romance, Border is a thrillingly unpredictable Swedish film from the writer of Let the Right One In and director Ali Abbasi. The film delivers a fresh spin on Nordic mythology through the story of a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers. When she encounters the first person she cannot prove guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind.