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Xavier Dolan Starts Shooting Next Film 'Mommy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 11:19 AM
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While you can debate the talent of rising young filmmaker Xavier Dolan, you can't question the work ethic. At 24 years old, the director has completed four feature films, premiering three at Cannes, and one at Venice. And with his latest "Tom At The Farm" still doing the festival rounds, screening shortly at Montreal's Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Dolan isn't taking a moment to rest, as he's already starting his next venture.

Blu-Ray Review: Extensive Deleted Scenes & More Make Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways' Worth Revisiting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 10:04 AM
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"People think it's a transgendered documentary or something, but for me, it's a love story, more than anything," director Xavier Dolan said this past spring during The Museum Of Modern Art: Modern Mondays presentation of his latest film, "Laurence Anyways." And while the subject matter, bold stylization, '90s setting and runtime that clocks in just under three hours were the kind of elements that could make Dolan an easy critical target, his third film turned out to be arguably his best yet.

Watch: Xavier Dolan Goes To The Country In Eerie Trailer For 'Tom At The Farm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 8:05 AM
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After a trio of stylish, deeply emotional films in "I Killed My Mother," "Heartbeats" and the epic "Laurence Anyways," Xavier Dolan has somewhat shifted gears for his fourth feature "Tom At The Farm." The eye for visuals are still there it seems, but an eerier tone and colder atmosphere pervades this thriller, and the first trailer has arrived to provide a tantalizing look at the picture.

Watch: Aspect Ratio Shifting Clip From Xavier Dolan's 'Tom At The Farm'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 13, 2013 4:32 PM
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When you think of Xavier Dolan, I assume you think, “Oh yeah, the guy who did the voice of Ron Weasley in the French dubs of the 'Harry Potter' films.” I know I do. But seriously, Dolan is also a director of some note, who at the age of 24 is about to release his fourth film, following on from the well-regarded pieces “I Killed My Mother,” “Heartbeats” and “Laurence Anyways.”

Venice Review: Xavier Dolan's 'Tom A La Ferme'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2013 8:20 PM
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Few filmmakers in modern times have had such a meteoric rise at such an early age as Xavier Dolan. The French-Canadian wunderkind, a former child-star (and still occasionally a voiceover actor for local dubs, with roles including Ron Weasley in the 'Harry Potter' films) premiered his first film at Cannes aged only 20, and has returned to the festival twice more, rising up through the sidebars with "Heartbeats" and "Laurence Anyways."

Contest: Win Xavier Dolan's Directorial Debut 'I Killed My Mother' On DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 6:04 PM
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There are few filmmakers who arrived with quite the same frenzy as Xavier Dolan did when he unveiled his directorial debut, "I Killed My Mother" in 2009. Landing at Cannes for a splashy premiere, where it took the Prix Regards C.I.C.A.E. Award, and putting the director on the map, it established the bold style that Dolan would develop across two more features, "Heartbeats" and "Laurence Anyways." With Dolan slated to unveil his latest effort, the thriller "Tom At The Farm" — which promises to be taking a different direction than his previous works — now is as good a time as any to revisit where it all begun.

Venice 2013: Poster, First Look & Official Synopsis For Xavier Dolan's 'Tom At The Farm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2013 11:05 AM
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We're coming out of the fog, storm and noise of the summer movie season, heading into the the promising months of fall festivals, and it's a good time to be a cinephile. With TIFF unveiling their first wave of titles earlier this week, Venice followed suit this morning giving folks headed to the Lido plenty to get excited about. As always, we'll start getting a peek at those films very soon.

New Films From Terry Gilliam, Hayao Miyazaki, David Gordon Green & Jonathan Glazer Top 70th Venice Film Festival Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 25, 2013 5:52 AM
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After a weighty first announcement for this year's TIFF earlier in the week, eyes turned across the Atlantic this morning to the reveal of the line-up for the 70th Venice Film Festival, which precedes Toronto by about a week. We already knew the festival was opening with Alfonso Cuaron's hotly-anticipated 3D space adventure "Gravity," and an educated guess at the line-up could be made from looking at which films among the TIFF announcement weren't world premieres, but the official roster was revealed at a press conference in Rome this morning, and it's once more, a doozy.

Review: Xavier Dolan's Epic 'Laurence Anyways'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 8:00 PM
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"The sky's the limit," Fred (Suzanne Clement) says when she's asked about what people will say when her boyfriend Laurence (Melvin Poupad) decides to become a woman. It's 1989 and she believes that her generation is ready to handle transsexuality -- and perhaps they are -- but as both Fred and Laurence soon find out, their intellectual capacity to deal with the transition may not survive the rigors of the heart. The young director Xavier Dolan has proven he's anything if not divisive, and his latest, "Laurence Anyways," will do nothing to change that. But as messy as it is, as much as the film overreaches and overplays its hand, "Laurence Anyways" is also exciting for the very ambition and narrative daring that it contains.

The Surprises & Notable Absences Of The 2013 Cannes Line-Up

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 18, 2013 11:28 AM
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So the 2013 Cannes lineup has finally been unveiled and as usual, there were a fair few surprise inclusions, a fair few snubby exclusions/category decisions, and some mildly oh!-inducing title changes. The majority of our firm predictions made it in (the Coens, Soderbergh, Farhadi, Sorrentino, Gray, Refn, Denis, Coppola among others) but sometimes into surprising sections, while a couple of films we had down as possibilities or longer shots paid off. So now that we know the lineup from G ('Gatsby' -- opening film) to Z ("Zulu" -- closing film) -- and it's a fairly U.S.-friendly list for Jury President Steven Spielberg to preside over -- lets dive right in and talk about the more eyebrow-raising moments from this morning's announcement.

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