INDEPENDENT FILMS: Kathy Kay

Director of the Victoria Film Festival's monthly musings on independent film

Xavier Dolan. Do you know his name?

His first feature, I Killed My Mother, captured three awards at the Cannes Film Festival. His second won the top prize at the Sydney Film Festival. His third film won another award at Cannes. His fourth, Tom at the Farm, adapted from a play and currently being released, premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival and took home the FIPRESCI Prize.

His most recent film won the 2014 Jury Prize at the Cannes festival in a tie with Jean-Luc Godard.

He’s 25 years old and tied with the French avant-garde master who has been named as one of the top 10 directors of all time. That says a lot about his work.

The best part? He’s Canadian. Yes, a Canadian is making big waves internationally and I have to ask: How many Canadians know?

 

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