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The Us deal with Séville International comes nearly eight weeks after Xavier Dolan’s Cannes world premiere earned the 25-year-old film-maker the jury prize.
Mommy takes place in a fictitious Canada where strict rules allow parents to jettison troublesome children and a mysterious woman offers to help a widow.
Roadside plans an early 2015 release. eOne/Les Films Séville is handling direct distribution of the film in Canada and French-speaking Canada, while Séville International has reportedly sold out the majority of territories.
Sales include France (Diaphana), Benelux (ABC Cinemien), Japan (Pictures Dept), Israel (Lev Films), Portugal (Alambique) and Turkey (Kurmaca). »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Briefly: I'm happy to report good news for one of my favorite films of the year. Mommy, the latest film from Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan which rocked the Cannes Film Festival earlier this summer, has been picked up for a Us release by Roadside Attractions. The film will open in Canada this September from Les Films Séville. IndieWire reports on the acquisition news which comes a few months after the film tied to win a Jury Prize at Cannes this year, not to mention the hearts of many critics (including Awards Daily's Sasha Stone and yours truly). No official release date is set, but we'll be watching this one close for updates. I highly recommend seeking out the film. We featured the first official French trailer for Xavier Dolan's Mommy here, which stars Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon and Dolan regular Suzanne Clément in a story about a mother trying to raise a troubled teen. »
- Alex Billington
In a deal that we can already claim as filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s most significant opening in the U.S yet, the folks at Roadside Attractions have acquired the rights to the filmmaker’s fifth film, Cannes-winning Mommy. While a Quebec release has been pegged for early September,we expect Roadside’s Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff to aim for a 2015 run with possible showings at Telluride and Sundance, and of course, this includes a Toronto Int. Film Festival exposure too – an announcement should be made in about two weeks time on that front.
Gist: In a fictional Canada, a new law allows distressed parents to abandon their troubled children to the hospital system. Diane “Die” Despres, a feisty widow, tries to cope with Steve, her wild yet charismatic Adhd son. While they both try to make ends meet, Kyla, a mysterious neighbour, offers her help. As Kyla’s heart-warming presence becomes increasingly intense, »
- Eric Lavallee
Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Xavier Dolan’s Cannes pic Mommy. The plan is to release it in first-quarter 2015. Dolan’s fifth film centers on an explosive 15-year-old boy with Adhd and his widowed single mom. But when Kyla, a new girl across the street, enters their lives, things change. Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément star. Dolan, a Canadian, moved up to the Cannes Competition lineup for the first time with Mommy after winning three prizes in Directors’ Fortnight at just 19 (he was famously miffed to be in Un Certain Regard rather than Competition in […] »
Set in a fictional Canada, where a new law allows distressed parents to abandon troubled children to the hospital system, “Die” Despres, a feisty widow, tries to cope with Steve, her wild yet charming Adhd son. While they both try to make ends meet and live under the same roof, Kyla, a mysterious neighbour, offers her help.
Roadside Attractions will release the buzzy Cannes title in the first quarter 2015.
eOne/Les Films Séville is handling direct distribution of the film in English and French Canada while Séville International had a very active Cannes and has now sold “Mommy” to over 50 countries.
- Justin Kroll
Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Cannes jury prize winner Mommy, directed by Xavier Dolan. The film is set in a fictional Canada where a new law allows distressed parents to abandon troubled children to the hospital system. Videos Cannes: Steve Carell, Marion Cotillard, Cate Blanchett Preview Their Upcoming Movies At just 25 years old, writer-director Dolan brought his third film to Cannes, earning the jury prize for Mommy (in a tie with Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language). Nancy Grant produced Mommy, which stars Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément. Roadside plans to release the
- Rebecca Ford
This morning the first wave of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup was announced and so far it's an impressive list of films including films from Noah Baumbach, Mike Leigh, David Gordon Green, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, Antoine Fuqua, Edward Zwick, Mikael Roskam, David Dobkin and many others. One surprising detail is there was no announcement of an opening film so along with everything below there is still at least one biggie on the way, and while they say it has nothing to do with their "premiere" mandate, I wouldn't be surprised if it might be Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman and they're waiting to see if it will be the North American premiere. Then again, could Birdman open both Toronto and Venicec But what else could it bec Maybe David Ayer's Furyc No chance for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar... or is therec Probably the films announced so far »
- Brad Brevet
Early Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce its initial wave of films for the 2014 edition of the festival. As usual, there will be a slew of films that have played at either Cannes or Sundance, a number of star-filled projects looking for distribution, some broader studio films that may or may not be awards season fodder and then, of course, the potential Oscar players. Toronto has long had to juggle landing the best premieres with Venice, but more recently has found their thunder stolen by a little festival in Colorado that actually has Academy members in attendance: Telluride. Tiff has reportedly threatened less-prestigious galas or slots after Wednesday (gasp! not after Wednesday!), but for the most part, Hollywood's studios seem to have taken it all with a collective yawn. Toronto is important, yes. What's best for each individual film's release and publicity campaign is slightly more important. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Acronym Attack! Yes No Maybe So is not a comprehensive series and we cherry pick the trailers we want to discuss and watch. But sometimes we aren't trying to throw shade by ignoring them. They just get released on the wrong days. For instance, what was with two major trailers debuting the morning of the Emmy nominations? I immediately forgot they existed after reading a headline that they did because you have to pick your showbiz battles.
A bunch of trailers we haven't discussed like Wild, Life After Beth, Big Hero 6 and one that I refuse to watch because I want every frame to be a blessed surprise (Xavier Dolan's Mommy) and more after the jump...
- NATHANIEL R
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 […]
- Angie Han
For all of its warm reception at Cannes (though don’t exactly expect a crossover Nyff slot), Xavier Dolan’s jury prize winning Mommy is one of the few 2014 Competition titles without a U.S. distributor, joining his previous effort Tom at the Farm in stateside limbo. Nevertheless, an English trailer has arrived for the bizarre love triangle, with the Québécois’ characteristically stylish melodrama out in full force. Set to outwardly dissonant music and that 1:1 aspect ratio, Mommy details the trials and tribulations of a single mother and her troublemaker of a son, and their wealthy neighbor who further skews their imbalanced relationship. »
- Sarah Salovaara
Just a week after Warner Bros. Pictures finally confirmed a title and release date, the first trailer has now arrived for the upcoming "The Conjuring" spin-off "Annabelle". This one follows the haunted doll from that film and shows how the inanimate object came to be such a dangerous thing.
Also out today is the first preview for Xavier Dolan's "Mommy," a three-minute piece about that the film which wowed Cannes this year. The story follows widowed mother who is overwhelmed by the difficulty of raising her troubled and sometimes violent son. This hasn't been cropped btw, the film has been shot with an almost stifling 1:1 aspect ratio.
- Garth Franklin
Although it shockingly has yet to secure U.S. distribution, early reaction to Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan’s fifth feature “Mommy" --which took home the Cannes Competition jury prize--was upbeat. You can get a three-minute taste of this intense, emotional rocket ride of a family drama via the first official trailer below, just ahead of its theatrical run in the writer-director’s native Quebec on September 19. Remarkably accomplished for a 24-year-old, Dolan tells the love story of an inept single mother and her sweet but volatile son, who easily pitches into uncontrollable rage. Keeping him calm and happy is key. A sweet neighbor locked into dull family life enjoys escaping across the street into this heady maelstrom, and the improbable trio find happiness--for a while. Stateside moviegoers will simply have to wait and see. Watch the trailer below: »
- Anne Thompson and Nick Newman
Mommy has released its first trailer.
Xavier Dolan's French-language, Canadian drama premiered at Cannes to critical acclaim.
The film centres around a single mother who decides to get her troubled son back on track.
She enlists the help of her teacher neighbour, but it remains uncertain whether the boy can overcome his violent tendencies.
The film won the Jury Prize at Cannes.
Mommy will open in Canada on September 19, but is yet to set UK and Us release dates. »
Yes! The first trailer for my favorite film of the Cannes Film Festival this year has finally debuted. Xavier Dolan is a 25-year-old filmmaker from Quebec who has already made five films, and his latest is one titled Mommy. Starring Anne Dorval and Antoine Olivier Pilon as mother/son, the story is about her trying to raise her wild and violent Adhd child. The film is mostly presented in 1:1 format (as in the trailer) which is used as a storytelling device, but I won't ruin the important moments. Instead, I will say - this is our first glimpse at an innovative film that uses the big screen medium in fresh, exciting, unforgettable ways. Enjoy. Here's the first Quebecois trailer for Xavier Dolan's new film Mommy, found via The Playlist: We'll update the video with subtitles once they're available. Synopsis for Dolan's Mommy: A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, »
- Alex Billington
Next Tuesday, July 22, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce the line-up for this year's fest and perhaps one film more than any other I'm hoping (and expect) to see among those announced is Xavier Dolan's Mommy, which is actually set to open in Quebec on September 19, just after the fest ends, which also gives good reason as to why the first trailer for the film arrives today. The film won the Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, tied with Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language 3D, and received kudos from damn near everyone that saw it at the fest. The story centers on a widowed single mother (Anne Dorval), raising her violent son (Antoine Olivier Pilon) alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor (Suzanne Clement) inserts herself into the mother and son's household, providing the mother with needed support. The trailer now has subtitles, but »
- Brad Brevet
One of the films we named as The Best Of The 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and a picture that's "vibrant, intoxicating, illuminating," to say that Xavier Dolan's "Mommy" floored us would be an understatement. And while the film is still bafflingly without U.S. distribution, it's gearing up for release in Canada and the first trailer is here. Running 3-minutes long, filled with music (you can make a name the tune game out of it), and highlighting the 1:1 aspect ratio. Starring Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clément and Antoine-Olivier Pilon, the film tells the story of a single mother to angry son, who finds a mysterious neighbor coming into their lives. "Mommy" opens in Quebec on September 19th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“To me, music is the soul of the film,” Xavier Dolan said in an interview with Slant Magazine in 2012, just as his third feature Laurence Anyways was about to makes it premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. More than most directors, it seems, Dolan seems to blur the line between film and music video, bringing the two together tastefully, offering interludes that are just as important to the whole of the film as any dialogue scene. These scenes, perhaps, allow Dolan to exercise his more indulgent side, but they give his films a gorgeous full bodied appeal. Also giving him the opportunity to experiment with technique, Dolan brings an inventiveness and assuredness to both forms unlike any director.
- Kyle Turner
The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '73 arrives on July 31st, just over two weeks from now. You need to get your votes in too if you want to participate (instructions at the bottom of this post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started.
The Smackdown Panel for July
Without further ado let's meet our panel who will be discussing popular classics Paper Moon, The Exorcist, and American Graffiti as well as the more obscure title Summer Wishes Winter Dreams. All of the Supporting Actress nominees this Oscar vintage were first timers and so are our Smackdown panelists.
Dana Delany is an actress working on stage, screen, television and now internet. She was last seen starring in "Body of Proof" on ABC. In August you can rate and review the pilot "Hand of God" in which she co-stars with Ron Perlman on Amazon. »
- NATHANIEL R
"Pride" is heading to U.S. theaters. The winner of the Queer Palm at this year's Cannes Film Festival has been acquired for Stateside distribution by CBS Films, it was announced today. Directed by Tony winner Matthew Warchus from a script by Stephen Beresford, the "dramatic comedy" stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun, George MacKay and Ben Schnetzer in a fact-based story about the unlikely alliance between Lgbt activists and striking mineworkers in the U.K. during the mid-1980s. The film has been slated for Stateside release on September 19, 2014. The Queer Palm is an independently-sponsored award started in 2010 that recognizes Cannes-screened films for their treatment of Lgbt (or "altersexual") themes. Past winners include Gregg Araki's "Kaboom," Oliver Hermanus's "Beauty," Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways" and Alain Guiraudie's "Stranger by the Lake." »
- Chris Eggertsen
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