Non solo Venezia! Al Melbourne International Film Festival e’ in programmazione da lunedi prossimo 2 settembre e nei giorni a seguire la trilogia del giovane ventiquattrenne regista del Quebec Xavier Dolan da lui stesso definita “Trilogia dell’amore impossibile”. Il primo dei tre film, “J’ai tué ma mère”/” I Killed My Mother”, che Dolan ha girato nel 2009, quando era appena ventenne, ha meritato ben otto minuti di standing ovation al festival di Cannes e 13 nomination e 27 premi in vari Festival, da Cannes a Istanbul, da Vancouver a Palm Spring. Sarebbe veramente superfluo aggiungere che nessuno dei tre film e’ mai arrivato in Italia. E’ possibile acquistarli in DVD solo nell’edizione originale francese con sottotitoli in inglese. Ma come sappiamo ben altri titoli interessano la nostra distribuzione!
Ricordare questa recentissima trilogia e’ tanto piu’ opportuno se si pensa che il suo ultimissimo film, “Tom a’ la ferme” e’ stato selezionato tra i film in concorso al Festival di Venezia in svolgimento. Per ora conosciamo il soggetto, estremamente intrigante del film e nei prossimi giorni ne sapremo di piu’.
Qui di seguito la bella presentazione del primo film al Festival di Melbourne.
I Killed My Mother received an eight-minute standing ovation and won three awards at Director’s Fortnight when it premiered at Cannes Film Festival. Dolan was just 19-years-old at the time.
Self-consciously stylish and insular, I Killed My Mother centres around the explosive relationship between sixteen year old Hubert (played by Québécois filmmaker Xavier Dolan) and his single mother Chantale. The semi-autobiographical narrative, written by Dolan when he was 16, follows the mother-son relationship as it ricochets between love and hate. In between Hubert seeks solace with a boyfriend his mother doesn’t know about and his English teacher who thinks his mother is dead. It’s a film that is filled with friction but, styled with slow-motion, black-and-white interludes, a tempestuous soundtrack and killer shoulder-pads, it plays more like a dream.
“The 20-year-old Canadian filmmaker appears in his own film as Hubert Minel, a 16-year-old cutie whose endless spats with his mother are like volleying razorblades; their volcanic fights are so richly and sensitively attuned to how insecurity informs his character’s rage that you don’t doubt the material was based on personal experience. Dolan has Jenny Lumet’s rare talent for cannily transplanting to paper how people use language as ammunition—how words ricochet during squabbles in unpredictable ways and reveal the best and worst in us all.” – Slant Magazine
- Xavier Dolan’s Tom à la ferme to premiere at Venice Film Festival (blogs.montrealgazette.com)