Matthias & Maxime

2019 / 120' / Canada / In French and English with Chinese and English subtitles / Color

Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival

The latest work by Xavier Dolan, Cinematheque · Passion’s first director-in-focus.

Xavier Dolan, “Friendship is just love without sex.”

While working on a short film for a student project, two childhood friends engage in a kiss as part of the script. The intimate moment sets off a chain reaction of events, from lingering questions about their preferences and their sexuality to altering the nature of their friendship and their relationship to their wider social circle.

Dir:  Xavier Dolan

 Cast: Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas, Xavier Dolan, Pier-Luc Funk, Samuel Gauthier

About the Director

Often referred to as the “young prodigy of Quebecois cinema”, Xavier Dolan began his career as a child actor in TV dramas and commercials at the age of 5. Dolan attracted international attention with his first feature film, I Killed My Mother, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred at the age of 19. The film premiered at the Director’s Fortnight program of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and received three awards. In 2014, his film Mommy was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and shared the Jury Prize with legendary French director Jean-Luc Goddard. Until now, Xavier Dolan has directed eight movies, playing the important roles in most of his works. He is a versatile filmmaker of many talents and his films all carry a highly distinctive style as he specializes in employing visual language and popular music to depict the intense relationships, such as familial love, friendship and romance between human beings. His latest work, Matthias & Maxime has been nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

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