Two Canadian films among the 2019 Cannes lineup

Xavier Dolan's Matthias et Maxime and Monia Chokri's A Brother's Love will compete for the Palme d'Or and Un Certain Regard, respectively.

Xavier_Dolan_Cannes_2016Xavier Dolan’s Matthias et Maxime and Monia Chokri’s A Brother’s Love have been selected for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Matthias et Maxime will compete for the Palme d’Or alongside 18 other selections, including Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life and Bong Joon Ho’s Gisaengchung (“Parasite”). The film, written, directed and produced by Dolan (pictured, right), follows two childhood friends who find their lives turned upside down when they are forced to kiss during a short film. Les Films Seville has already picked up distribution rights ahead of its Cannes world premiere.

Dolan is no stranger to Cannes, taking home the Grand Prix award back in 2016 for Juste la Fin du Monde (“It’s Only the End of the World”). He previously served as a Cannes jury member in 2015.

Monia_ChokriCompeting for Un Certain Regard is A Brother’s Love, written and directed by Chokri (pictured, left) and produced by Metafilms. The competition recognizes innovative or daring work from young talent. A Brother’s Love is Chokri’s feature film debut.

The two directors have previously worked together in the past, as Chokri has appeared as an actor in two of Dolan’s earlier films, Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways.

The Cannes Film Festival takes place May 14 to 25.

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