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Special Screening: Laurence Anyways

Laurence Anyways

The Embassy of Canada is pleased to present a special screening of Laurence Anyways to celebrate Pride Month in Canada.

Laurence Anyways (2012) was directed by Xavier Dolan and released in Japan in 2013.

This electrifying feature-length drama by Xavier Dolan charts 10 years in the life of a male-to-female transgender. Set in the late 1980s/early 1990s, the film focuses on Laurence Alia (Melvil Poupaud), a high school literature teacher who transforms himself into a woman after years of concealing his true feelings. Dolan deftly portrays the complications that arise as a result of this decision and chronicles the challenges that Alia and her partner, Fréderique (Suzanne Clément), face as they try to navigate this new reality.

Laurence Anyways competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where Suzanne Clément won the Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress. The film also won the Queer Palm Award at the festival.

Born in Montreal in 1989, Xavier Dolan made his film directing debut with I Killed My Mother. That film as well as his subsequent Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways, and Tom at the Farm all competed at major film festivals including Cannes and Venice. The Jury Prize at Cannes International Film Festival 2014 and the Best Foreign Film prize at France’s César Awards 2015 went to Mommy. Dolan won the Grand Prix at this year’s 69th Cannes Film Festival for his film Juste la fin du monde (It's only the end of the world).


Date/time: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 18:00 &ndash 21:00; (Doors open at 17:30)

Place: Embassy of Canada Oscar Peterson Theatre

Language: French with Japanese subtitles

Admission: Free of charge – advance registration required

How to apply

Please apply by e-mail by Wednesday, June 15, 2016, clearly indicating the following in your message:

  1. Name
  2. Organization/school
  3. Telephone number
  4. E-mail address
  5. Name of accompanying guest (one person), if any

Successful applicants will be notified by June 17.




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