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Love According to Dalva

“Dalva is the best drama I have seen in years, hands down.”



Doors Open: 20:00
Show Starts: 20:30

After her abusive father is arrested,12-year-old Dalva is taken into care. Acting more like an adult than a child, her social workers and new roommates find it difficult to connect with Dalva. Gradually with their help, she accepts that her relationship with her father was not normal, allowing her to experience the joys of childhood she was previously denied.


Tackling difficult subject matter with the utmost care and sensitivity, Love According to Dalva is a remarkable film about one young girl’s journey as she emerges from the most horrific situation. Writer / director Emmanuelle Nicot has made an exceptional and assured debut - a compassionate exploration of hope and recovery. Young Zelda Samson excels in an extraordinarily challenging lead role.


Festivals & Awards:

Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week, 2022 - winner of Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award (Zelda Samson) and FIPRESCI Prize

Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 2022 - Special Jury Prize for Best Actress (Zelda Samson)



English Title: Love According to Dalva

Original Title: Dalva

Language: French

Running Time: 83 mins

Genre: Drama

Director: Emmanuelle Nicot

Starring: Zelda Samson, Alexis Maneti, Fanta Guirassy

IFCO rating: 15A

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