Xavier Dolan Joins Cannes Film Fest Jury

Mommy Special Screening at AFI Film Festival

Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan (Mommy) is going to sit on the jury of the Cannes Film Fest this summer alongside actor Jake Gyllenhaal and director Guillermo del Toro.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors, screenwriters and producers, will be the two Presidents of the Jury of the 68th Festival de Cannes. This year they will be joined by seven key figures in world cinema who are representing Canada, Spain, the United States, France, Mali, Mexico, and the United Kingdom with nine distinctive voices in all (four women and five men). It is their responsibility to decide among the films in Competition and select the prize winners, culminating in the Palme d’or, which will be announced on stage during the Festival Closing Ceremony on Sunday, May 24th.

Dolan, who is just 26 years old, directed Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways, both of which received an enthusiastic reception when selected for Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Fest. Tom at the Farm was shown at the Venice Film Festival, where he was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize. His latest film Mommy has garnered the Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Fest and the César for Best Foreign Feature. Dolan is now working on his next feature, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.

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