Oscars: Canada Picks 'Mommy' for Foreign-Language Category

Courtesy of Festival de Cannes

Xavier Dolan's family drama shared this year's Cannes Jury Prize with Jean-Luc Godard's 'Adieu au Langage'

Canada has chosen writer-director Xavier Dolan's Cannes award winner Mommy as its contender in the best foreign-language film category at the Academy Awards.

The family drama shared the Jury Prize with Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au Langage after debuting in Cannes. The Canadian film portrays a feisty widow, played by Anne Dorval, trying to cope with a problem son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon).

Roadside Attractions grabbed the U.S. distribution rights to Mommy. Canada's national Oscar selection committee, led by Telefilm Canada, unveiled its pick at a Montreal press conference on Friday.

Canadian French-language films have fared well at the Academy Awards in recent years, with Denis Villeneuve's Incendies and Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar both earning Oscar nominations in the best foreign-language category.