We said yesterday they’d be crazy to submit anything else, and now it’s official: Canada will be sending Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” into the foreign language film Oscar race, and deservedly so.
Dolan represented Canada once before for his 2009 film “I Killed My Mother,” but did not get nominated. In the four years that followed, Canada was nominated three times, for “Incendies,” “Monsieur Lazhar” and “War Witch.” They missed out last year for “Gabrielle,” but things are definitely looking good for “Mommy” at this point given the career-best reviews Dolan has received and backing from Roadside Attractions. Our fingers are certainly crossed.
Here’s the official release:
Montreal/London – September 19, 2014 – Entertainment One’s (eOne) boutique sales arm Séville International, in association with the producers Metafilms and Sons of Manual, is proud to celebrate the selection of MOMMY to represent Canada for consideration as a possible nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Award®.
From writer/director Xavier Dolan and producer Nancy Grant, the film stars Anne Dorval (I Killed my Mother, Heartbeats), Antoine Olivier Pilon (Frisson des collines, Laurence Anyways) and Suzanne Clément (I Killed my Mother, Laurence Anyways).
“We are proud and honoured to represent Canada in the Oscar race and we sincerely hope that MOMMY will take us as far as possible,” said producer Nancy Grant.
eOne/Les Films Séville is handling direct distribution of the film in English and French Canada while Séville International handled international sales of MOMMY, which has been sold to over 50 countries.
“This is a great moment for MOMMY and the film’s brilliant team. We are so delighted to be celebrating alongside Xavier and Nancy and we are excited and hopeful that Oscar dreams will come true,” said Anick Poirier, VP International Sales, Séville International.
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.
This honour follows the film winning the esteemed Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.