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Xavier Dolan: Stranded (or whatever happened to “I Killed My Mother?”)

Xavier Dolan: Stranded (or whatever happened to "I Killed My Mother?")

About eighteen months ago, Xavier Dolan’s acclaimed first feature, “I Killed My Mother,” seemed like it was on its way to a high-profile U.S. release. Now, the fate of the film remains in doubt even as Sundance Selects & IFC Films prepare to release Dolan’s follow-up feature, “Heartbeats.” Insiders had tipped Dolan’s award-winning ’09 Cannes entry, “J’ai Tue Ma Mere” (I Killed My Mother) for an August release, but that date came and went as “Heartbeats” headed into the fall festival circuit.

Dolan’s second film will soon be seen more widely than his acclaimed debut feature.

Friends and fans gathered to meet the emerging Canadian auteur at Manhattan screening and party last night, but the large winter storm prevented Xavier Dolan from making the trip in time. So, on the same day that an online report alleged a bogus film distribution scam surrounding the distributors of “I Killed My Mother,” Dolan sent along a statement bemoaning his bad fortune, It was read to attendees at the start of the evening (see full statement below).


Thank you all for being here tonight. I am flattered you could make it to the screening, as opposed to me, who is stuck in greater Montreal. 

My first film (“I Killed My Mother”) was bought by a distributor of questionable professionalism who never released it and finally filed for bankruptcy, and now my second film is premiering during the snow storm of the century, which officially makes me an elite member of fuckmylife.com

I am currently writing a very belligerent missive to Air Canada, blackmailing them with imaginary information in order to have them charter a private plane for me, that would ideally land on Barney’s New York roof and unavoidably lead me to a better life. I am expecting an answer any minute. 

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Heartbeats, and forgive my absence tonight.

Good evening.

Last night’s screening went off without a hitch and after the showing Brady Corbet, John Cameron Mitchell, the Borderline Films guys, industry insiders and a number of journalists sipped wine and cocktails at the Crosby Hotel without Xavier Dolan.

This morning, I reached out to a few folks involved with “I Killed My Mother.” So far, still no clear indication of the fate of the film. No one seems to know when (or even if) it will be released. I’m awaiting further updates.

Anyone? Anyone?

In the meantime, “Heartbeats” will open at the IFC Center on February 25th.

image courtesy ifc films/sundance selects

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