Part of the series The Contenders 2014

Mommy with Xavier Dolan

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Perhaps the least shocking thing about the work of 1989-born Quebecois director Xavier Dolan is it's contemporary visual and linguistic fluency. From the "Instagram" formatting to the up-to-the-nanosecond slang, his latest film continues to rock the staid foundations of cinematic auteurism (as acknowledged by the jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival who honored him alongside fellow innovator, Jean-Luc Godard). What does, and has shocked since his debut film I Killed My Mother (2009), is his ability to intuit, shape, script and direct fully-formed complex women characters on screen. Taking nothing away from his brilliant collaborators (actors Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clement and Antoine-Olivier Pilon) who bring a ferocity and determination to their roles, it is Dolan's stunning insight that truly mesmerizes. Layered with a soundtrack that is both current and un-ironically 90's-retro, Mommy triumphantly confirms the arrival of a new (20-something!) master.

A Q&A with director Xavier Dolan follows the screening.


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The Contenders

Selected from major studio releases and top film festivals by curators in MoMA's Department of Film, selections shown in The Contenders represent the best of mainstream movies, independents, foreign-language films, documentaries, and art-house sensations. Now in its seventh year, the series highlights films that are contenders for lasting historical significance.

This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by Tiffany & Co. and The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter.