Dolan film to bow in competition at Venice

And Bruce LaBruce's Gerontophilia joins Richie Mehta's Siddharth in the festival's Venice Days independent sidebar (Dolan pictured).
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Xavier Dolan will unveil his latest feature film, Tom à la ferme, at the Venice International Film Festival.

The Quebec director’s film will screen in competition alongside James Franco’s Child of God, Terry Gillam’s The Zero Theorem and Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known, and TIFF 2013 titles including Gianni Amelio’s L’intrepido and Peter Landesman’s Parkland.

This is the first time Dolan will walk the red carpet in Venice, having premiered his first three films – J’ai tué ma mère, Les Amours Imaginaires and Laurence Anyways – at Cannes.

Tom à la ferme focuses on a young man who, when his lover dies, travels to the country for the funeral and discovers that no one knows of him or his relationship with the deceased.

The psychological thriller is based on the play by Michel-Marc Bouchard, who co-wrote the film adaptation with Dolan.

And two Canadian films will screen in the festival’s independent Venice Days program, which marks its 10th edition this year.

Bruce LaBruce’s Gerontophilia tells the story of an 18-year-old man who discovers he has a fetish for the elderly, and takes a job at an old folks home where he forms a strong bond with an old man.

The film, produced by Montreal’s Les Films 1976 and New Real Films, stars Walter Borden, Pier-Gabriel Lajoie, Marie-Hélène Thibault and Katie Boland.

And as previously announced, Richie Mehta’s Siddharth will also screen in Venice Days. The film, about a chain-wallah with few resources who travels across India in search of his missing son, is produced by Mehta and his Amal collaborators David Miller and Steven Bray of A71 Productions.

The Venice International Film Festival runs Aug. 28 to Sept. 7, 2013.

Photo by Shayne Laverdiere