Canada Chooses Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy' for Their 2014 Oscar Entry
The rise of Xavier Dolan continues. This morning Canada's selection committee officially announced that Xavier Dolan's Mommy, Dolan's fifth feature film by age 25, will be Canada's official entry into the 2014 Academy Awards as their Best Foreign Language Film. "It's an incredible showcase for our industry," stated Telefilm's Carolle Brabant during the announcement. Mommy has been receiving mostly rave reviews since it first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this summer (read my 10/10 rave review). It's one of the best films of the year anyway, thus making it one of the best choices for Canada, especially if they want to make it all the way to the final five nominations. The film opens in Canada this month after playing at fests all over.
Thanks to Cinemablographer for the tip on this news, straight from Canada. They remind us that picking a film for a country to submit to the Oscars is not a simple task. "The decision comes from the Pan-Canadian selection committee comprised of twenty-three industry and goverment types, who continually pick the best films possible, nurturing new voices and proven talents alike." Xavier Dolan's Mommy, which I think is his best film yet though others may not agree, is an outstanding film that should help Dolan break out further into the mainstream (watch the first trailer). Roadside Attractions will release Mommy in the US, but no release date has been set yet. We'll certainly be supporting this one all the way through release and awards.