Director Xavier Dolan should make most 20-somethings feel unaccomplished. Dolan, who’s only 26 years old, has made five feature films. On top of that, he’s working on two projects at the moment — one starring Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) and Marion Cotillard (Macbeth), the other featuring Jessica Chastain (The Martian) and Susan Sarandon (The Meddler). To add another accomplishment to his resumé, he’s directed a video for Adele.
Watch the Xavier Dolan music video after the jump.
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Young Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan made big waves in the past year with Mommy, and now an earlier picture from the director is finally getting a US release. Tom at the Farm hit festivals and other countries in 2013, but Amplify one recently picked it up for release in the States. They’ve cut a new promo for the film; check out the Tom at the Farm trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
It may seem premature in September to declare that a film has entered the Oscar race, but in the case of Mommy it’s confirmed fact. Last week, Canada officially selected the family drama as its entry for the Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award. It’ll be director Xavier Dolan‘s second time angling for the prize; his feature directing debut I Killed My Mother was chosen to represent the country for the 82nd Oscars.
To be sure, Mommy still has several hoops to jump through before it gets that little gold man. But the glowing reactions from its Cannes debut suggest it could actually go the distance. To get an idea of what all the fuss is about, hit the jump to see the Mommy US trailer.
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Quebecois writer/director/actor Xavier Dolan has been making acclaimed films in Canada for the last few years, and his most recent, Mommy, was a huge hit at Cannes this past May. Mommy was up for the Palme d’Or, and while it didn’t take that prize, Dolan did win the Jury Prize for the film. At the same time, Dolan said he was prepping his first English-language script, called The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Now that film may have a high-profile lead, as Jessica Chastain — who was a huge fan of Mommy — is reportedly signing on. More details on the Jessica Chastain Xavier Dolan picture follow. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Like any film festival, Cannes has its share of hits, misses, and polarizing oddities that manage to be both hits and misses. But one of the few out-and-out successes this year was Xavier Dolan‘s Mommy. It inspired a flood of glowing reviews, and it charmed festivalgoers all the way to the Cannes jury prize.
Now the first Mommy trailer has arrived to show the rest of the world what’s been missing. Anne Dorval stars as Die, the widowed mom to troubled teen Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon). Suzanne Clément plays a mysterious neighbor who helpfully steps in. Watch the video after the jump.
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