Québec filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère) was singled out for the “Bayard d’Or” award for best film at this year’s Festival international du film francophone de Namur (FIFF), and Anne Dorval, one of the stars of the movie, was awarded the prize for best actress. To complete the hat trick, I Killed My Mother was picked by FIFF’s Emile Cantillon Jury as best first film.
I Killed My Mother is the first feature film by young director Xavier Dolan, who is just 20 years old. It tells the story of Hubert Minel, age 16, at odds with his mother. Tormented by hate, he searches in vain for the empathetic relationship he used to have with her. In addition to filmmaker Xavier Dolan himself, I Killed My Mother stars Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clément, François Arnaud, Patricia Tulasne, Niels Schneider and Monique Spaziani.
The movie was picked recently as Canada’s official entry for the Oscar nomination for best foreign-language film. In September, it won the Golden Puffin award at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. I Killed My Mother received an enthusiastic welcome at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, winning three awards during the Directors’ Fortnight.
Two other Québec films were singled out for honours at the Namur filmfest. Denis Villeneuve’s Polytechnique won the award for best photography and La vie commence, a short film by Émile Proulx-Cloutier, received the jury award in the short-film international competition category.
Full list of FIFF award winners