Canada chooses debut feature for Oscar race

Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:17pm EDT
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Xavier Dolan's semi-autobiographical drama "J'ai Tue Ma Mere" (I Killed My Mother) has been picked as Canada's entry for the best foreign-language Oscar competition.

Dolan, a 20-year-old filmmaker, wrote, directed and stars in the coming-of-age picture. The Quebecois film portrays a 16-year-old boy who has a personality conflict with his mother to the point of hating her, before they rekindle their relationship.

After bowing in the Directors' Fortnight program at Cannes, the film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

At the Cannes fest, Dolan's debut feature won the Art Cinema Award, the SACD Prize for best French-language feature film and the Regards Jeune 2009 Prize.

(Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters)