Xavier Dolan’s I Killed My Mother getting belated U.S. release

Kino Lorber has acquired the Quebec director's debut feature three years after it won three awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

Quebec director Xavier Dolan’s I Killed My Mother, the 2009 Cannes award winner, is finally getting a U.S. release.

Kino Lorber has picked up the stateside rights to Dolan’s directorial debut, which bowed in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight program three years ago and won three awards.

But while Regent Releasing in 2009 picked up Dolan’s coming-of-age drama up for a U.S. release, the film never screened in theaters stateside, beyond festival screenings, after the American specialty distributor went bankrupt and was besieged by lawsuits.

Now Kino Lorber has acquired the U.S. rights to I Killed My Mother from international sales agent Rezo when it newly came up for grabs.

The deal also follows the distributor screening Dolan’s latest film, Laurence Anyways, at the most recent Cannes festival.

“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,” Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber said in a statement.

“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.,” he added.