Xavier Dolan may have missed out on the Queer Palm at Cannes for Mommy (that award went to the Brit flick Pride), but at the main awards ceremony he had more to smile about, as his movie tied for the Jury Prize with Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language.
And Godard is certainly not bad company to be in! Some have already commented on whether it’s Cannes almost passing the baton, as the precocious Dolan is often said to be one of the most interesting new voices, while Goodbye To Language may be the legendary Godard’s final film.
In Mommy, ‘A widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her explosive 15-year-old ADHD son. As they try to make ends meet and struggle with their impetuous and unpredictable ménage, the new girl across the street, Kyla, benevolently offers needed support. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope is regained.’
25-year-old queer filmmaker Dolan previously picked up the Queer Palm a couple of years ago for Laurence Anyways, and two awards at Cannes for his directorial debut, I Killed My Mother.
He wasn’t the only 2014 winner though, as Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep picked up the big prize, the Palm d’Or. Bennett Miller added to the excellent reviews for Foxcatcher with a Best Director win, while Julianne Moore picked up Best Actress for David Cronenberg’s Map To The Stars. The wonderful Timothy Spall meanwhile, won Best Actor for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner.
Here’s all the Cannes 2014 winners:
WINTER SLEEP Directed by Nuri Bilge CEYLAN
LE MERAVIGLIE (THE WONDERS) Directed by Alice ROHRWACHER
Award for Best Director
Bennett MILLER for FOXCATCHER
Award for Best Screenplay
Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV, Oleg NEGIN for LEVIATHAN
Award for Best Actress
Julianne MOORE in MAPS TO THE STARS Directed by David CRONENBERG
Award for Best Actor
Timothy SPALL in MR. TURNER Directed by Mike LEIGH
MOMMY Directed by Xavier DOLAN
ADIEU AU LANGAGE (GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE) Directed by Jean-Luc GODARD
Palme d’Or – Short Film
LEIDI Directed by Simón MESA SOTO
Short Film Special Distinction
AÏSSA Directed by Clément TREHIN-LALANNE
JA VI ELSKER (YES WE LOVE) Directed by Hallvar WITZØ