GUS VAN SANT EMBRACES BREAKING GLASS PICTURES FOR U.S. RELEASE OF XAVIER DOLAN'S 'LAURENCE ANYWAYS'
Good Will Hunting and Milk Director Joins the Film For its 2013 Domestic Release
Laurence Anyways, the third film from Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats), is welcoming two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk)
as an Executive Producer alongside producers Lyse Lafontaine, Nathanaël
Karmitz and Charles Gillibert for the American presentation. Breaking
Glass Pictures will be taking the film out to American screens in 2013
following its acquisition at the Toronto International Film Festival.
"As an admirer of Xavier's work, it's my pleasure to join him for his first major US release, Laurence Anyways," says Van Sant. "It's a beautiful film that proves Xavier is one of the most promising young filmmakers working today."
"Obviously, it's a
huge privilege to be considered by an artist like Gus," Dolan said. "One
of the first encounters I had with a more sophisticated cinema was 'My Own Private Idaho.'
It was the first time I had a sense of what cinema could be or should
be made of: Freedom, honesty and intimacy. For me to be endorsed by Gus
Van Sant is like telling an 8-year old that Batman is his uncle."
"We're so thrilled to be working with Gus Van Sant on the U.S. release of 'Laurence Anyways,'"
says Breaking Glass Pictures CEO Rich Wolff. "It's a dream come true
for any distributor to collaborate with such a pioneering director, and
we can't wait to work with Gus on what's sure to be a very exciting and
rewarding film release."
Set in the 1990s, Laurence Anyways
is the tale of a young couple and the difficult decisions they must
face after the man decides to start living his life as a woman.
Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), a French teacher and soon-to-be-published
author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his
fiancée, Frédérique (Suzanne Clément). But on the day after his 30th
birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman,
asking her to support him in this transformation. The complications
that follow frame Dolan's latest masterpiece, asking the ageless
question: Is love enough?
debuted in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2012 Cannes Film
Festival, where it won the Queer Palm and a Best Actress win for
Clément. The film also took home the Best Canadian Feature Film Award
at the Toronto International Film Festival, in addition to Award of the
Youth and the Golden Swann at the Cabourg Romantic Film Festival.
Before its release in theaters, Breaking Glass Pictures is planning a
rollout of festival showings, among them the Palm Springs International