‘Killed’ dominates Fortnight prizes

Dolan's film wins three of the four prizes

CANNES — Canadian helmer Xavier Dolan’s “J’ai tue ma mere” (I Killed My Mother) swept three of the four prizes on offer at the 41st Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

“Killed,” a searingly comic mother-son shoutfest, won the Art Cinema Award, the Regards Jeunes 2009 Prize and the SACD Prize.

Only one other feature walked away with kudos: Austrian docu-fiction “La Pivellina,” by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, which took the Europa Cinemas Label.

“Killed” was always one of Directors’ Fortnight’s most talked about titles. Part of the Croisette buzz sprang from the director’s sheer precociousness: Aged only 20, Dolan wrote, directed, produced and toplined “Killed.”

But the pic has also drawn Croisette reviews that largely range from the simpatico to rave.

Co-starring Anne Dorval as the mother, “Killed,” which is sold by France’s Rezo, turns on the hugely conflictive relationship between a single mother (Anne Dorval) and her tousled-haired 16-year-old homosexual son, played by Dolan himself.

The third feature from filmmaking and real-life couple Covi and Frimmel, “Pivellina” tells the story of an abandoned two-year-old child discovered and cared for by a jobless circus worker.

The SFR Prize for most audacious Directors’ Fortnight French short went to Mikhael Hers’ “Montparnasse.”

ART CINEMA AWARD
“I Killed My Mother,” Xavier Dolan (Canada)

REGARDS JEUNES PRIZE 2009
“I Killed My Mother”

SACD PRIZE
“I Killed My Mother”

EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL
“La Pivellina,” Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel (Austria)

SFR PRIZE
“Montparnasse,” Mikhael Hers (France)

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