Montréal shines at Cannes


Montréal filmmaker Xavier Dolan won the Cannes Festival Jury Prize for Mommy, his fifth feature. 

Just 25 years old, Xavier Dolan has been leaving his mark on the international scene for a long time, which makes him a real cultural ambassador for Montréal. The young director’s success is helping build Montréal’s fame as a city that nurtures creativity and talent.

Along with actors Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément, Mommy showcases many Montréal locations. The film was shot in several Montréal boroughs, including Ville-Marie, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Sud-Ouest and Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension. Xavier Dolan, who juggles the roles of actor, director and scriptwriter, has already been honoured in Cannes, Venice and Paris.

In addition to providing a choice showcase on the international cultural landscape, Xavier Dolan’s cinematic mastery is adding weight to the reputation of Québec cinema, an increasingly strong contender at major events in the biz.