Mommy to represent Canada in Oscar race

Xavier Dolan’s Mommy was unveiled Friday as Canada’s contender for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Telefilm Canada, which led a 23-member jury to pick the country’s Oscar contender, made the announcement at a press conference in Montreal.

Dolan’s latest film bowed at Cannes, where the Montreal director shared the Jury Prize with Jean-Luc Godard.

The provocative family drama stars Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Anne Dorval and Suzanne Clément, and is Dolan’s fifth film.

After Cannes, Mommy screened in Karlovy Vary, Telluride and Toronto.

Dolan’s film possibly contending for an Oscar follows Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies and Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar earning Academy Award nominations in recent years, and Kim Nguyen’s War Witch being shortlisted among foreign film contenders  in 2013.