May 24, 2014 2:23 pm
Updated: May 24, 2014 4:36 pm

Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy’ wins jury prize at Cannes

From left, actress Suzanne Clement, actor Antoine-Olivier Pilon, director Xavier Dolan, producer Nancy Grant, and actor Antoine-Olivier Pilon pose for photographers as they arrive for the screening of 'Mommy' at Cannes.

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MONTREAL — An emotional Xavier Dolan accepted the jury prize for his film Mommy at the 67th Cannes film festival in France.

“We do this to love and be loved in return,” said the Montreal director.

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Mommy is the 25-year-old’s fifth full-length feature film.

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It follows the story of a single mother looking after her 15-year-old son with ADHD.

Many expected it to win the coveted Palme d’Or after receiving rave reviews from critics at the festival, but the top prize ended up going to Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s movie Winter Sleep.

Dolan shared the Jury prize with Goodbye to Language by Jean-Luc Godard.

WATCH: An excerpt from “Mommy”

The jury was led by Jane Campion and includes Willem Dafoe, Sofia Coppola, Gael García Bernal, Carole Bouquet, Leila Hatami, Jeon Do-yeon, Jia Zhangke and Nicolas Winding Refn.

READ MORE: Xavier Dolan film nominated for Cesar in France

The two other Canadian films vying for the Palme d’Or were Atom Egoyan’s The Captive and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars.

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