// Presented as part of Filmatique's Queer Cinema Series //
Spotlight on I Killed My Mother
Xavier Dolan / 2009, Cannes, Bangkok, Cinéfest Sudbury, Czech Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, Istanbul, Ljubljana, Mar del Plata, Melbourne, NYT Critics' Pick, Outfest, Palm Springs, Reykjavik, Rotterdam, São Paulo, Stockholm, Toronto, Transilvania, Vancouver / 96'
Surly teenage Hubert lives with his single mother Chantale in suburban Montreal. He's secretly in a relationship with his best friend Antonin, a fact known to Antonin's mother that Hubert dares not reveal to Chantale. As the relationship between mother and son reveals itself as increasingly fraught, entangled, volatile, and violent, Hubert forges a connection with one of his teachers, who helps him navigate his complex emotions.
Imbued with stylistic flourishes, dynamic flow, and volcanic performances, I Killed My Mother is a headstrong testament to the expressive power of cinema. Xavier Dolan's first film premiered at Cannes' Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, where it won the C.I.C.A.E. Award, the Regards Jeunes Prize, and the SACD Prize; Bangkok, where it won a Special Mention; Ljubljana, where it won the Audience Award; Palm Springs, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize; and Reykjavik, where it won Best Film.
"The turbulent relationship between a mother and a son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection in I Killed My Mother. A stunning, semi-autobiographical tour de force from writer/director/producer/performer Xavier Dolan, it is a film with the sting of shrewdly observed truth"
- Allan Hunter, Cannes Review, Screen