'I Killed My Mother' sweeps Cannes sidebar

Xavier Dolan's film takes three awards in Directors' Fortnight

CANNES -- Canadian director Xavier Dolan's "I Killed My Mother" killed the competition at the 41st Directors' Fortnight.

The film took three out of four major feature film prizes as the Festival de Cannes sidebar wrapped Friday night in Cannes.

The film won the Art Cinema Award, given by an international jury of independent cinema programrs in addition to the SACD Prize for best French-language feature film.

"Mother" also won the Regards Jeune 2009 Prize, given to a first or second feature in the Directors' Fortnight or Critics Week sidebars by a jury of young cinephiles.

Dolan, a 19-year-old first-time filmmaker, wrote, directed and stars in the Canadian film about teen angst and the relationship between a son and his mother.

The Europa Cinemas Label award for best European film went to Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's Austrian/Italian co-production "La Pivellina."
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