Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy' Gets Oscar-Friendly Release Date

Mommy director Xavier Dolan.  Photo credit: Shayne Laverdière.
Gear up, Oscar junkies and Canadian film fans! Xavier Dolan’s Mommy just got a very Oscar friendly release date of September 19. The film’s Quebec distributor, Les Films Séville, announced the date today. The film will open in Quebec on Sept 19, which probably means that a North American premiere at TIFF is inevitable if the film wants to add to its Cannes buzz and Jury Prize. Dates for the rest of Canada have yet to be announced from partner distributor eOne Films. The Academy has yet to release its qualifying dates for the upcoming Oscar race, but last year’s contest required films to open in their native country by September 30, 2013.

Dolan previously repped Canada in the 2009 race for Best Foreign Language Film with his breakout debut I Killed My Mother and he’s easily the frontrunner since few major Quebecois filmmakers have offerings on the horizon (both Jean-Marc Vallée and Philippe Falardeau have Hollywood films coming out with Wild and The Good Lie, respectively, both of which star Reese Witherspoon) and with Canada’s Oscar-friendly production house micro_scope unlikely to compete with Tu dors Nicole, which had a strong reception at Cannes, but nothing quite in the league of acclaim for Mommy. Denys Arcand's An Eye for Beauty also seems unlikely to enter the race given the mixed/disappointing reviews it received when it opened last month. As always, though, check back closer to TIFF to keep an eye on Canada in the Oscar race!

From Les Films Séville:

Les Films Séville, une filiale d’Entertainment One, sont fiers d’annoncer que MOMMY, le cinquième film de Xavier Dolan produit avec Nancy Grant, sera à l’affiche le 19 septembre prochain au Québec. Une grande première aura lieu à Montréal ainsi qu’une tournée en province avec l’équipe du film. Ovationné pendant 13 minutes à la suite de la projection officielle de MOMMY au Festival de Cannes, cet accueil chaleureux a été un fait marquant lors de cette 67e édition. MOMMY, acclamé autant par la critique internationale que par le public, a également su conquérir le coeur du Jury lors de ce prestigieux Festival. Le film met en vedette Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon et Suzanne Clément.