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Inside Cannes 2012 Day 3: Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways

Having played earlier in the day to standing ovation, the scene was set for further applause at the night screening as the Un Certain Regard selected Laurence Anyways had it’s well received night premiere with Thierry Frémaux on hand to present a cast that includes one of the rare France-French Canada actor combos to actually pan out well in players Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clément. The main concern with Xavier Dolan’s (who acts as the film’s editor) almost three hour film are the number of cluttered, unnecessary characters. His third feature films follows 2009’s J’ai tué ma mère (Directors’ Fortnight), and 2010’s Les amours imaginaires (Un Certain Regard). Here is footage from last night’s world premiere screening.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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