Dolan's "Mother" takes Vancouver prize

Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:25pm 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) earned the juried best Canadian feature film trophy at the Vancouver International Film Festival, which wrapped Friday.

The Quebecois film, which portrays a 16-year-old boy who has a personality conflict with his mother, to the point of hating her, before rekindling their relationship, earlier won the Art Cinema Award after it bowed in the Cannes festival's Directors' Fortnight program.

Dolan's debut feature was chosen as Canada's entry for the best foreign-language Oscar competition.

Other Vancouver award winners include Montreal directors Jan Binsse and David Tougas, picking up the most promising short film director prize for "Le Dernier Acte" (The Last Act).

The artistic merit award went to director Nimisha Mukerji and co-producer Gillian Lowry for "65 Red Roses," a portrait of cystic fibrosis patient Eva Markvoort.

South Korean director Jang Kun Jae's coming-of-age drama "Eighteen" earlier took home the Dragons & Tigers Award at the 28th edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival.

(Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters)