Festival de Cannes 70: Laurence Anyways, 2012

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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Laurence Anyways (2012) is a well-thought out tale of the turbulent love between Frédérique and Laurence, who no longer wants to live as a man, but as a woman. Writer, editor, and director Xavier Dolan (then 23, sickening), has already been hailed as a master of movie-making, seemingly crafting on his own terms, and with each new venture shining a light on a new aspect of his ability. No stranger to Cannes, the Canadian may as well move there, with an array of awards in such a short, flourishing career. His first, I Killed My Mother, won three prizes at the Director’s Fortnight, Heartbeats then repeated the Regards Jeunes Prize win, Mommy shared the Jury Prize with none other than Jean-Luc Godard for Goodbye to Language, before It’s Only the End of the World took both the Grand Prize of the Jury and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury just last year. Oh, and in 2015 Dolan was a member of the competition jury. Sheesh. Laurence Anyways was part of the Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2012, in which the outstanding Suzanne Clément won Best Actress, and the film was awarded the Queer Palm.

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