Three Canadian films in Cannes competition

David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, Atom Egoyan's The Captive and Xavier Dolan's Mommy will screen in the official competition on the Croisette, fest organizers said Thursday.
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David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan have been in competition on the Croisette before, but Quebec director Xavier Dolan has finally landed on Cannes’s big stage.

Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Egoyan’s The Captive and Dolan’s Mommy have been booked into the official competition at Cannes, the most Canadian films to compete at the prestigious European festival in the same year.

Cannes hosted Dolan’s first three films in different programs, but never in competition, to the frustration of the young director.

So much so, Dolan took his last film, Tom at the Farm, to the 70th Venice Film Festival for his first-ever presence there.

Now Mommy, about a feisty widow trying to cope with her wild yet charming ADHD son, is headed to the official competition.

Mommy stars Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément (I Killed My Mother, Laurence Anyways).

The Captive, a kidnap thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, is Egoyan’s sixth feature screened in competition in Cannes.

Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson also star.

And Maps to the Stars, a ghost story and critique on celebrity culture that stars Julianne Moore and John Cusack, also marks a return to form for Cronenberg, a former head of the Cannes jury and a festival darling in the south of France.

Cronenberg took A Dangerous Method to Venice for a world premiere after Cannes decided to take a pass on the European-set drama.

Otherwise, Cronenberg and Cannes have had a long and fruitful association for the Canadian director.

Industry players welcomed the Canadian trifecta in Cannes, with Telefilm Canada calling the selection a “monumental occasion” for Canadian filmmakers.

“This is the strongest presence we’ve ever had, and a true testament to the exceptional vision and tremendous artistry of our country’s filmmakers. Canadians should feel very proud,” Carolle Brabant, executive director of Telefilm Canada, said in a statement.

“It’s an honour to have three films in competition and to be able to showcase the incredible caliber of Canadian filmmakers on the world’s most prestigious stage,” Harold van Lier, president, eOne Films International, said in his own statement.

eOne is distributing Maps to the Stars and The Captive in several territories, while releasing Mommy in Canada.

eOne Films International will also shop Maps to the Star and The Captive in Cannes, while Séville International will handle Mommy on the Croisette.