Pic won Directors' Fortnight prize at Cannes

PARIS — Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. rights to French Canadian Xavier Dolan’s feature debut “I Killed My Mother,” a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama, which Dolan penned, helmed and starred in at age 20.

Centering on a tumultuous mother-son relationship, pic stars Dolan as a recently out-of-the-closet Quebecois teenager living in suburban Montreal with his single mother, played by Anne Dorval.

Repped by Paris-based company Rezo, pic world preemed in the 2009 Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, where it won three of the four awards, and it was nominated for a French Cesar, among other awards.

Pic “tackles a variety of issues including bullying, the difficulties of single parenting, and many specific challenges facing queer youth,” stated the U.S. distribution company.

“When we learned in Cannes that this stunning debut film by the then 20-year-old Xavier Dolan was newly available, we jumped at the chance to pick it up,” said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber. “Having also seen his latest film at the festival, it convinced us even more of his unique talent and the importance of finally bringing this brilliant first work to screens across the U.S.”

Dolan’s “Lawrence Anyways” played in Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes edition.

Kino Lorber previously acquired Stephane Brize’s “Mademoiselle Chambon” from Rezo.

Deal was negotiated between by Lorber, and Kino Lorber VP of theatrical distribution Gary Palmucci, as well as Rezo’s head of international sales, Sebastien Chesneau.

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