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Watch: First Official 'Elephant Song' Trailer Featuring Xavier Dolan

20 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I'll make you a deal - I want three things..." With this film now playing in theaters in Canada, there's no better time to feature the first official trailer for Elephant Song from Canadian distributor eOne Films. Elephant Song is a psychological drama starring Xavier Dolan, the same filmmaker who made Mommy and Laurence Anyways, as a rather eerie patient with a mysterious past. Captain Pike of Star Trek, actor Bruce Greenwood, also stars as the hospital's director, and both Catherine Keener and Carrie-Anne Moss appear as well. I don't want to give away anything else in the plot, but the trailer should give you a good idea what's going on. I missed seeing this at Tiff, and I've been waiting to catch it. I've got to say, this trailer makes me more intrigued, even if I prefer Dolan as a director he certainly can act, too. Take a look. »

- Alex Billington

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Mommy’s Boy: Xavier Dolan on Women, Gays, and Taylor Lautner

2 February 2015 9:10 PM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

The former boy wonder, Xavier Dolan -- he's now 25 -- sauntered into New York about a week or so ago with a new movie, Mommy -- his fifth -- for which he won the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and received a thirteen-minute standing ovation. Well, truthfully, he shared the prize with Jean-Luc Godard (Goodbye to Language), which is inarguably like winning a second award. After all, having one's name forever linked with a kingpin of La Nouvelle Vague is nothing to sneeze at. (Who will ever forget Streisand and Hepburn sharing a Best Actress Oscar? New guard joining old guard.)

Talking about the Oscars, Mommy was Canada's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category, and Dolan had been politicking on the West Coast, to no avail apparently, to get it a final nomination. So this afternoon the French-Canadian was a bit zonked because on top of »

- Brandon Judell

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Berlin: Breaking Glass Pictures Takes U.S. on Reel Suspects’ ‘Love’ (Exclusive)

2 February 2015 6:27 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Richard Wolfe’s Breaking Glass Pictures has taken U.S. rights to “Love in the Time of Civil War,” which, sold by Matteo Lovadina’s Paris-based Reel Suspects, has also closed Italy (Open Reel), France (Optimale) and the U.K. (Tla), the last two territories in the final run-up to this week’s European Film Market.

The sales announcement comes at Reel Suspects has also added Thai Anucha Boonyawatana’s Panorama player “The Blue Hour” to its Berlin sales slate.

Directed by Montreal’s Rodrigue Jean, whose “Lost Song” won best Canadian feature at the 2008 Toronto Festival, docudrama “Love in the Time of Civil War” centers on Alex, a young addict who sells his body in Montreal. Along with Bruno, Simon, Jeanne, Eric and Velma, he’s caught up in a spiral of compulsion, hostage to society’s market logic, shuffling from one dingy apartment to the next, where desire »

- John Hopewell

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Review: Xavier Dolan's Hyperbolic, Hyper-Alive 'Mommy' Mesmerizes

23 January 2015 12:46 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Take Xavier Dolan seriously. His Cannes sensation (and Oscar-snubbed) "Mommy" affirms that the prodigal filmmaker behind succès d'estime "I Killed My Mother" and the epic "Laurence Anyways" has, at 25, finally grown up. In "Mommy," Dolan wisely restrains his bravado and has never been more at home than with these three richly made characters: a scrappy and outrageously brave single mom, her smart yet deeply troubled teen with blond hair and behavioral problems, and the timid housewife with a speech impediment and secrets next door.  French-Canadian powerhouse Anne Dorval, in a wickedly unhinged performance that already feels iconic, is Diane, the widowed mother of rage-addled Steve (fresh-faced youngster Antoine Olivier Pilon), a teenager too out of control for even the steeliest boarding school. Their unbalanced, smothering relationship seems on the verge of total chaos until a diffident neighbor (Dolan pal Suzanne Clement, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Review: Xavier Dolan's Vibrant, Intoxicating, And Illuminating 'Mommy'

21 January 2015 4:05 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. We remember watching a directors' roundtable one day and the question was asked of the assembled filmmakers "what is the hardest part of directing?" They all agreed that the hardest thing was to create a sense of life: inside a frame where everything included therein is a choice, the hardest thing is to make it feel part of a wider world, unmanufactured, organic, alive. They should maybe just hang around mopping up the spillover from "Mommy," the tremendous new film from Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan, because, by some distance his best film, it is also one of the most vibrant, intoxicating, illuminating films of this or any Cannes, and it's a little like we can still feel it thrumming through our veins. Centered on an incredible performance from Anne Dorval, with whom Dolan reunites after "Laurence Anyways" and »

- Jessica Kiang

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Xavier Dolan Talks Missing Psychothriller, Tom at the Farm

19 January 2015 1:58 PM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

The impossibly young, immensely lauded Québécois filmmaker Xavier Dolan is close to the release of Mommy, his fifth feature since 2009.  The fourth however, and one most relevant and intriguing to Shock, is still yet-to-be distributed. Where is Tom at the Farm?  Having won at Cannes Mommy, Laurence Anyways, Heartbeats and I Killed My Mother,…

The post Xavier Dolan Talks Missing Psychothriller, Tom at the Farm appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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Xavier Dolan Gets Real, Reveals 'Mommy' Oscar Jitters, 'Tom at the Farm' Whereabouts and More

19 January 2015 9:04 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Take Xavier Dolan seriously. His Cannes sensation (and Oscar-snubbed) "Mommy" affirms that the prodigal filmmaker behind succès d'estime "I Killed My Mother" and the epic "Laurence Anyways" has, at 25, finally grown up. In "Mommy," Dolan wisely restrains his bravado and has never been more at home than with these three richly made characters: a scrappy and outrageously brave single mom, her smart yet deeply troubled teen with blond hair and behavioral problems, and the timid housewife with a speech impediment and secrets next door.  "Mommy" is an emotional workout with characters you simply don't want to let go of, a trio of complex, beaten-down souls that live and breathe, however hyperbolically, as people in the real world. The film clocks in at almost two-and-a-half hours but could comfortably contain another hour as far as I'm concerned. Part of the film's suffocating power lies in Dolan's refreshingly »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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6 Filmmaking Tips from Xavier Dolan

7 January 2015 7:15 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Though Xavier Dolan’s home of origin shares a border with the Us, and his home of Montreal is mere hours away from the arthouse hub of New York City, his films have had something of a limited theatrical lifetime in the United States. To date, his widest release is 2010’s Heartbeats, which reached 10 screens. This limited distribution scope is disproportionate to the discourse the filmmaker has generated around his youth and his films’ refusal to conform to both supposed arthouse standards (often imbuing a pop culture-infused energy) and general commercial concerns (experimental shooting formats of the yet-to-be-released Tom at the Farm and Mommy, the epic length of Laurence Anyways). Indeed, Dolan seems to be on the precipice of moving quickly from a gem whose films are shared and discussed between clusters of cinephiles to a major foreign figure in the Us arthouse scene. His fifth feature, Mommy, won the Jury Prize at Cannes (which it shared »

- Landon Palmer

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Watch: Visual Essay Exploring the Work of Xavier Dolan

5 January 2015 9:56 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I love the work of Xavier Dolan, and I've taken every opportunity possible to say this, write about this and make you wholly aware of his work in hopes you too will find his movies as special as I do. In 2009, at the age of 19, he gave us I Killed My Mother and a year later Heartbeats, but it wasn't until 2012 that I finally saw one of his movies, Laurence Anyways, and I was instantly won over and would then consume his previous two shortly thereafter. After seeing Laurence at Cannes in 2012, it subsequently made my list of the "Top Ten Films of 2013" as it took awhile for it to find its way to American screens. This past year I caught Mommy at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and decided not to wait for the new year, including it on my list of the "Top Ten Movies of 2014". Now I wait »

- Brad Brevet

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