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Montrealer’s first film up for Oscar consideration

The honours just keep coming for 20-year-old Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s J’ai tue ma mere. Federal film funding agency Telefilm Canada announced that the first film from the young director has been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration in the best foreign-language film category at the Oscars. The Academy has invited 96 countries to each submit one film in this category and, once all the submissions are in, the Academy Awards organizers will whittle the long-list down to five finalists.

J’ai tue ma mere is already one of the more notable success stories of Canadian film in recent years. Before he even penned a single line of dialogue, the 17-year-old Dolan was telling anyone that would listen that his film was going to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and that’s exactly what happened. It made its bow in the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at Cannes, the world’s most prestigious film fest, this past May and it was given a warm welcome there. It won three of the four prizes at the Quinzaine, was sold to ten countries around the world, and was wildly applauded by Cannes audiences.

It also went on to do well at the box office here this summer, ringing up more than $800,000 at the cash register, even though it was never playing on more than 17 screens.

The French-language film is a biting, highly-autobiographical drama about gay 16-year-old Hubert (played by Dolan) who has a stormy relationship with his mother (Anne Dorval). In fact, for most of the film, he expresses nothing but hatred and anger toward his mum.

In a chat with The Gazette on his return from Cannes, Dolan said he was surprised by the success of the film.

“Originally it was something very personal and intimate,” says Dolan, who dropped out of CEGEP to write the screenplay. “I thought maybe it wouldn’t reach anyone except my family. But apparently …”

Then he was momentarily at a loss for words, finally adding: “Well, I can’t explain it. I’m really proud and I’m not searching for explanations. I’m just savouring the moment.”

The Academy Award nominations will be announced Feb. 2, 2010.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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Front Page, Industry News

Montrealer’s first film up for Oscar consideration

The honours just keep coming for 20-year-old Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s J’ai tue ma mere. Federal film funding agency Telefilm Canada announced that the first film from the young director has been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration in the best foreign-language film category at the Oscars. The Academy has invited 96 countries to each submit one film in this category and, once all the submissions are in, the Academy Awards organizers will whittle the long-list down to five finalists.

J’ai tue ma mere is already one of the more notable success stories of Canadian film in recent years. Before he even penned a single line of dialogue, the 17-year-old Dolan was telling anyone that would listen that his film was going to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and that’s exactly what happened. It made its bow in the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at Cannes, the world’s most prestigious film fest, this past May and it was given a warm welcome there. It won three of the four prizes at the Quinzaine, was sold to ten countries around the world, and was wildly applauded by Cannes audiences.

It also went on to do well at the box office here this summer, ringing up more than $800,000 at the cash register, even though it was never playing on more than 17 screens.

The French-language film is a biting, highly-autobiographical drama about gay 16-year-old Hubert (played by Dolan) who has a stormy relationship with his mother (Anne Dorval). In fact, for most of the film, he expresses nothing but hatred and anger toward his mum.

In a chat with The Gazette on his return from Cannes, Dolan said he was surprised by the success of the film.

“Originally it was something very personal and intimate,” says Dolan, who dropped out of CEGEP to write the screenplay. “I thought maybe it wouldn’t reach anyone except my family. But apparently …”

Then he was momentarily at a loss for words, finally adding: “Well, I can’t explain it. I’m really proud and I’m not searching for explanations. I’m just savouring the moment.”

The Academy Award nominations will be announced Feb. 2, 2010.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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Front Page, Industry News

Montrealer’s first film up for Oscar consideration

The honours just keep coming for 20-year-old Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s J’ai tue ma mere. Federal film funding agency Telefilm Canada announced that the first film from the young director has been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration in the best foreign-language film category at the Oscars. The Academy has invited 96 countries to each submit one film in this category and, once all the submissions are in, the Academy Awards organizers will whittle the long-list down to five finalists.

J’ai tue ma mere is already one of the more notable success stories of Canadian film in recent years. Before he even penned a single line of dialogue, the 17-year-old Dolan was telling anyone that would listen that his film was going to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and that’s exactly what happened. It made its bow in the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at Cannes, the world’s most prestigious film fest, this past May and it was given a warm welcome there. It won three of the four prizes at the Quinzaine, was sold to ten countries around the world, and was wildly applauded by Cannes audiences.

It also went on to do well at the box office here this summer, ringing up more than $800,000 at the cash register, even though it was never playing on more than 17 screens.

The French-language film is a biting, highly-autobiographical drama about gay 16-year-old Hubert (played by Dolan) who has a stormy relationship with his mother (Anne Dorval). In fact, for most of the film, he expresses nothing but hatred and anger toward his mum.

In a chat with The Gazette on his return from Cannes, Dolan said he was surprised by the success of the film.

“Originally it was something very personal and intimate,” says Dolan, who dropped out of CEGEP to write the screenplay. “I thought maybe it wouldn’t reach anyone except my family. But apparently …”

Then he was momentarily at a loss for words, finally adding: “Well, I can’t explain it. I’m really proud and I’m not searching for explanations. I’m just savouring the moment.”

The Academy Award nominations will be announced Feb. 2, 2010.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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