Xavier Dolan has once again been selected to represent Canada’s Academy Award hopes. His latest film, “It’s Only The End Of The World” has been selected as the country’s official submission in the race for Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars.
The nomination doesn’t mean that “It’s Only The End Of The World” will compete for an Oscar, but instead means it will be Canada’s one and only submission to the category which sees films from around the world vie to take home the prize. The long-list of foreign-language titles is whittled down to a short list in early January before the Academy reveals the final five titles nominated for the Oscar. It’s something Dolan is all too familiar with.
Dolan’s 2009 film “I Killed My Mother” and his 2014 film “Mommy” were both Canada’s official foreign-language picks but both failed to make it on the short-list of titles released in January. His latest, “It’s Only The End Of The World” boasts an A-list cast of French talent including Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Lea Seydoux, Gaspard Ulliel and Nathalie Baye.
The film tells the tale of a terminally ill writer (Ulliel) who returns home to tell his family that he is dying.
Canada has been represented at the Oscars four times in the past decade by Deepa Mehta’s “Water” in 2006, Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies” in 2010 and Kim Nguyen’s “War Witch” in 2014. A Canadian film last won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film in 2003 with “The Barbarian Invasions”.