Xavier Dolan and David Cronenberg were critical darlings at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and were expected to be frontrunners for the coveted Palme d’Or award. In the end, the Mommy and Maps to the Stars directors (respectively) came short of clinching this year’s title, but the Canadian directors did not go home empty-handed.
The 25-year-old Quebecois director behind Mommy shared the third-place Jury Prize with Goodbye to Language director Jean-Luc Godard, 83, marking the first win for both filmmakers in the Cannes competition.
And while David may not have won a prize directly, the star of his new film, Julianne Moore, was awarded Best Actress by the Jane Campion-led jury for her role in Maps to the Stars.
Reports of Xavier’s running for Palme D’Or status arose from his film's critical praise, but also from word that head juror Jane had gone on record to state, “I loved Mommy so much!”
In recent years, there hasn't been an abundance of Canadian Palme D'Or contenders. Atom Egoyan’s thriller, The Captive, starring HELLO! Canada cover star and Most Beautiful-listeeRyan Reynolds was also among the 18 finalists up for the honour.
This is a tremendous moment for Canadian film, and is sure to cast an even brighter light on the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.