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Young Quebec filmmaker garners three awards at Cannes film fest

MONTREAL — It’s an exhilarating start to a promising career for a young Quebec filmmaker who scored a hat trick at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, a sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival, for his French-language film “I Killed my Mother.”

The screenplay, by 20-year-old Xavier Dolan, took the Art Cinema prize, the Regards Jeunes award and the SACD prize for best French-language film on Friday.

“I Killed my Mother” is also in the running for the Camera D’Or award for first-time filmmakers, to be handed out Sunday.

Nervous and caught up in the moment, the novice Montreal director couldn’t hide his shock at the news.

“I didn’t even think I would get one award,’ he told French-language news service Radio-Canada. “This is totally unexpected.”

Dolan wrote, directed and acted in the film, a coming-of-age drama about the complicated relationship between a young man discovering his homosexuality and his mother.

He said he wanted to share the awards with the actors, his family – especially his mother – his friends and all Quebecers.

The first screening of the film at Cannes was warmly received, garnering a lengthy standing ovation.

Dolan had a hard time financing his first foray into film, only receiving funding from government cultural development agencies Telefilm Canada and Quebec’s Societe de development des entreprises culturelles once filming was already underway.

He had to inject $150,000 of his own savings into the venture, money he’d earned as a child actor starring in advertisements since the age of four.

The film stars Quebec actors Anne Dorval, Francois Arnaud, Suzanne Clement, Patricia Tulasne and includes a cameo by Dolan’s actor father, Manuel Tadros.

Tadros said Saturday he’s not surprised by the success of his son, who he describes as determined and armed with an incredible willpower.

So far, some 20 countries have bought broadcasting rights to the film. “I Killed my Mother” will be playing in Quebec theatres as of June 5. It gets its international debut in France on July 15.

Source: The Canadian Press

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Front Page, Industry News

Young Quebec filmmaker garners three awards at Cannes film fest

MONTREAL — It’s an exhilarating start to a promising career for a young Quebec filmmaker who scored a hat trick at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, a sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival, for his French-language film “I Killed my Mother.”

The screenplay, by 20-year-old Xavier Dolan, took the Art Cinema prize, the Regards Jeunes award and the SACD prize for best French-language film on Friday.

“I Killed my Mother” is also in the running for the Camera D’Or award for first-time filmmakers, to be handed out Sunday.

Nervous and caught up in the moment, the novice Montreal director couldn’t hide his shock at the news.

“I didn’t even think I would get one award,’ he told French-language news service Radio-Canada. “This is totally unexpected.”

Dolan wrote, directed and acted in the film, a coming-of-age drama about the complicated relationship between a young man discovering his homosexuality and his mother.

He said he wanted to share the awards with the actors, his family – especially his mother – his friends and all Quebecers.

The first screening of the film at Cannes was warmly received, garnering a lengthy standing ovation.

Dolan had a hard time financing his first foray into film, only receiving funding from government cultural development agencies Telefilm Canada and Quebec’s Societe de development des entreprises culturelles once filming was already underway.

He had to inject $150,000 of his own savings into the venture, money he’d earned as a child actor starring in advertisements since the age of four.

The film stars Quebec actors Anne Dorval, Francois Arnaud, Suzanne Clement, Patricia Tulasne and includes a cameo by Dolan’s actor father, Manuel Tadros.

Tadros said Saturday he’s not surprised by the success of his son, who he describes as determined and armed with an incredible willpower.

So far, some 20 countries have bought broadcasting rights to the film. “I Killed my Mother” will be playing in Quebec theatres as of June 5. It gets its international debut in France on July 15.

Source: The Canadian Press

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Young Quebec filmmaker garners three awards at Cannes film fest

MONTREAL — It’s an exhilarating start to a promising career for a young Quebec filmmaker who scored a hat trick at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, a sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival, for his French-language film “I Killed my Mother.”

The screenplay, by 20-year-old Xavier Dolan, took the Art Cinema prize, the Regards Jeunes award and the SACD prize for best French-language film on Friday.

“I Killed my Mother” is also in the running for the Camera D’Or award for first-time filmmakers, to be handed out Sunday.

Nervous and caught up in the moment, the novice Montreal director couldn’t hide his shock at the news.

“I didn’t even think I would get one award,’ he told French-language news service Radio-Canada. “This is totally unexpected.”

Dolan wrote, directed and acted in the film, a coming-of-age drama about the complicated relationship between a young man discovering his homosexuality and his mother.

He said he wanted to share the awards with the actors, his family – especially his mother – his friends and all Quebecers.

The first screening of the film at Cannes was warmly received, garnering a lengthy standing ovation.

Dolan had a hard time financing his first foray into film, only receiving funding from government cultural development agencies Telefilm Canada and Quebec’s Societe de development des entreprises culturelles once filming was already underway.

He had to inject $150,000 of his own savings into the venture, money he’d earned as a child actor starring in advertisements since the age of four.

The film stars Quebec actors Anne Dorval, Francois Arnaud, Suzanne Clement, Patricia Tulasne and includes a cameo by Dolan’s actor father, Manuel Tadros.

Tadros said Saturday he’s not surprised by the success of his son, who he describes as determined and armed with an incredible willpower.

So far, some 20 countries have bought broadcasting rights to the film. “I Killed my Mother” will be playing in Quebec theatres as of June 5. It gets its international debut in France on July 15.

Source: The Canadian Press

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