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Canada has chosen Xavier Dolan’s Cannes grand jury prize winner It’s Only the End of the World as its contender in the best foreign-language film category at the Academy Awards.
The Canadian French-language film, which stars Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel and Nathalie Baye, portrays a writer visiting his hometown after a 12-year absence in a bid to announce his upcoming death to his family.
Dolan’s Mommy was Canada’s foreign-language Oscar submission in 2014, but failed to snag a nomination.
Canada’s national Oscar selection committee, led by Telefilm Canada, unveiled its pick at a Montreal press conference on Friday.
Canada has had four nominations in the Oscars’ best foreign-language film category in the last six years. These include nods for Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar and Kim Nguyen’s Rebelle, and another nomination for Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness, a Poland-Germany-Canada co-production.
Deny Arcand’s 2003 indie drama The Barbarians Invasions is the last Canadian film to have won the foreign-language Oscar.
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