Film Fest Gent is bringing Alexander Skarsgård and director Marielle Heller to the festival, together with the Belgian distributor of ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Lumière and producer Caviar. On Tuesday 20 October, the film will conclude the youth competition of the festival where the jury will announce the winner of the Explore Award.
Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ recounts the coming-of-age adventures of Minnie Goetze, a San Francisco teenager growing up in the counterculture haze of the 1970s. In an astonishing feature debut, writer/director Marielle Heller offers a subtle, detailed window into the psyche of a bright, young woman. Brimming with wit and intelligence, and spurred by exquisite performances from Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig, and a star-making turn by Bel Powley as Minnie, ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ captures the anxiety, passion, and wonder of adolescence. The film was produced by the US division of Belgian production company Caviar.
The leading actress Bel Powley will also appear in another film during the festival: ‘A Royal Night Out’, which is part of the section UK Cinema.
The Explore Zone trail is an exhilaration mix of films targeted to 18 to 26 year olds. A youth jury of five students, guided by actor Gilles De Schryver, will follow the trail and will grant the Explore Award to the winning film that in turn will receive an impressive publicity campaign in Belgium during its national release.