Canadians On Their Way To Cannes

Xavier Dolan, Chloe Robichaud and Cronenberg's head to most prestigious film event.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Canadian filmmakers and their movie projects are taking the Cannes Film Festival by storm this year – 54 flicks from 26 countries have been selected from a record-breaking 1,779 films submitted to organizers of the French Riviera festival (Global News).

Films from countries like the U.S., Syria, Iran, Brazil, and Canada will all be represented, and some of the bigger Canadian names presenting movies at the festival include David Cronenberg (as well as his son and newbie to the event Brandon), Xavier Dolan, Chloe Robichaud, and Sarah Gadon.

Robichaud will be making her third appearance at the event with her 13-minute short "Herd Leader" (Chef de meute), and she told The Canadian Press, "I'm quite amazed by what's happening. There are so many submissions in short films for the official competition. For sure it was a dream to me to one day achieve, to have a place in official competition. (But) it was too soon to say, 'OK, at 24 I'm going to be there.' It's a great surprise."

Dolan's "Laurence Anyways," will be shown at Cannes. He joked with the CP in a seperate interview, "I took the time, with each scene, to work with the actors, giving them notes. When the camera was rolling, I was talking constantly. I never shut my mouth. It was pretty annoying to hear that in the editing and probably also for the actors."

Meanwhile Cronenberg's sex thriller "Cosmopolis" will be screened, starring "Twilight's" Robert Pattinson, and his son's debut project, "Antiviral," will compete in the Un Certain Regard category. Gadon appears in both of these movies.

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 16-27.


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