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15 items from 2015


Now Streaming: Xavier Dolan's Hyperbolic, Hyper-Alive 'Mommy'

4 May 2015 11:52 AM, PDT | 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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‘Laurence Anyways’ epitomizes the feeling of discovering great film

29 April 2015 7:14 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I’m not proud of this, but it took me 4 days to watch Laurence Anyways, and I should clarify that I didn’t watch the film in varying stretches over these 4 days, I watched it in one sitting. It’s just that that sitting wasn’t until the 4th day after I was originally supposed to watch it. Thursday night I had planned to watch the film by Xavier Dolan, which would be my first film of his, I hadn’t seen anything by him previously. I knew I wouldn’t have time to watch a near 3 hour film Friday or Saturday due to my work schedule, so it was either Thursday night or wait until Sunday night. It’s play instantly on Netflix, so I go to my account to watch it, and it’s at the top of my list, right there in front of my eyes. I »

- Dylan Griffin

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Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel & More to Star in Xavier Dolan's Next Movie

28 April 2015 8:44 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It appears Xavier Dolan has been busier than expected as not only is he preparing to shoot The Death and Life of John F. Donovan this fall, but Seville Films announced today he'll begin shooting It's Only the End of the World (Just la Fin du Monde) in May, following his duties as a member of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival jury. Inspired by the play by Jean-Luc Lagarce, the film will tell the story of a writer (assumed to be Vincent Cassel) who goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people's incapacity to listen and love. Making up this cast along with Cassel are Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Nathalie Baye (who starred in Dolan's Laurence Anyways) and Gaspard Ulliel. "I'm absolutely thrilled about It's Only the End of the World, »

- Brad Brevet

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Dolan Doubles Down: It’s Only the End of the World for Cotillard, Seydoux, Cassel, Ulliel & Nathalie Baye

28 April 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Joining the ranks of filmmakers with insatiable appetites such as Michael Winterbottom, Francois Ozon and Woody Allen, Xavier Dolan doesn’t take too much down time between projects. Taking a note from fellow Quebecois filmmakers (Denis Villeneuve and Jean Marc Vallee) exploring the international stage, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan will not be Dolan’s next project (still pegged for a fall shoot), but instead, the recently named film jury member will extend his stay in France post Cannes Film Festival for what will be his first international film production. Seville International announced that all-stars Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel and Laurence AnywaysNathalie Baye will star in Dolan’s sixth feature film, Juste la fin du Monde (It’s Only the End of the World) with production beginning next month. The Canada-France coproduction sees Mommy producer Nancy Grant produce via Sons of Manual »

- Eric Lavallee

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Seydoux, Cotillard Join Dolan's "World"

28 April 2015 5:55 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel are all set to star in MK2 and Telefilm Canada's "It's Only the End of the World," the sixth film from young Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan.

Based on a play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce, the story follows a writer who goes back to his hometown when he plans to announce his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people's incapacity to listen and love.

Filming is slated to begin in late May and Dolan will shoot the project before he gets to work on his previously announced first Hollywood film "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan" starring Kit Harington and Susan Sarandon.

Dolan, coming off great praise for last year's Cannes entry "Mommy," has also directed the likes of "Tom at the Farm, »

- Garth Franklin

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Cannes: Del Toro, Gyllenhaal join Competition jury

21 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Xavier Dolan, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller also among those on the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury

The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 68th edition, comprising nine world cinema names from Canada, Spain, the Us, UK, France, Mali and Mexico.

Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who won the Palme d’Or in 1991 for Barton Fink and the Grand Prize of the Jury in 2013 with Inside Llewyn Davis, were previously announced as co-presidents of the jury, which will include four women and five men.

The jury will select from the films in Competition, with prize winners to be announced on stage at a ceremony on May 24. The winner of the Palme d’or will be screened during the festival’s closing evening on May 25, in the presence of the jury and the entire team of the winning film.

Click here for full line-up of filmsTHE Jury

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: Del Toro, Gyllenhaal on jury

21 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Xavier Dolan, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller also among those on the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury

The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 68th edition, comprising nine world cinema names from Canada, Spain, the Us, UK, France, Mali and Mexico.

Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who won the Palme d’Or in 1991 for Barton Fink and the Grand Prize of the Jury in 2013 with Inside Llewyn Davis, were previously announced as co-presidents of the jury, which will include four women and five men.

The jury will select from the films in Competition, with prize winners to be announced on stage at a ceremony on May 24. The winner of the Palme d’or will be screened during the festival’s closing evening on May 25, in the presence of the jury and the entire team of the winning film.

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Joel & Ethan Coen (Presidents) Directors, Writers, Producers »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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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 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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