Canadian director Xavier Dolan was awarded the Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Mommy, a French-language drama about a mother looking after a teenage son with ADHD, shot in 1:1 aspect ratio (a square). It is the remarkable 25-year-old filmmaker’s fifth full-length feature. He is the first Canadian to win the coveted award since 1989.
Dolan made an emotional speech thanking his family and the jury president, Jane Campion, whose film The Piano was one of the first he saw: “She made me want to write roles for women, beautiful women with souls and will.”
The jury also included directors Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Winding Refn, as well as actors Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal.
He shares the award with legendary filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard for his film Goodbye to Language.
David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars was also recognized by the jury on Saturday with the best actress award going to Julianne Moore.
The Palme D’Or was awarded to Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Turkish epic, Winter Sleep.