26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Drama Girl
Drama Girl
Drama Girl
Drama Girl

Drama Girl

director: Vincent Boy Kars
original title: Drama Girl
country: Netherlands
year: 2020
running time: 90 min.


A genre hybrid film by Vincent Boy Kars is a docu-dramatic experiment – the main character, Leyla, is supposed to play key scenes from her life. The acted parts of the film explore Leyla’s relationships with her parents and boyfriend – played by hired actors – and the art of dance she has been studying. More emphasis, however, is placed on the parts between the scenes when Boy Kars and Leyla discuss her life and the ways to present it. Not only does Leyla relive her memories but she also has re-enact them again and again, always in another way, following the director’s instructions. The documentary highlights the constructive nature of documentary films and begs the question how drama helps us understand our own lives.

“To me, this film is about developing your own way of filming. Sometimes I seem to create a new genre. I combine interesting elements of fiction and documentary, trying to develop an approach where acting and being come together.” V. Boy Kars


Dutchman Vincent Boy Kars has graduated from the St. Joost Academy of Art and Design. In his documentary films, he deals with identity, sexuality, and self-image. He likes exploring the boundaries of reality and fiction and he is interested in the impact of the digital age on daily life. His first feature-length documentary, Independent Boy (2017), was presented at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. Drama Girl was included in the main competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

more about film

director: Vincent Boy Kars
producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen
script: Jolein Laarman, Vincent Boy Kars
photography: David Spaans
editing: Albert Markus
výprava: Liz Kooij
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