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Young Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan has scored a hat trick at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, a sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival, for his French-language film I Killed my Mother .

The film took the Art Cinema prize, the Regards Jeunes award and the SACD prize for best French-language film on Friday.

Twenty-year-old Dolan wrote, directed and acted in the film, a coming-of-age drama about the complicated relationship between a young man discovering his homosexuality and his mother.

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The first screening of the film at Cannes received a lengthy standing ovation.

Dolan is based in Montreal and the son of Quebec actor Manuel Tadros.

I Killed my Mother is also in the running for the Camera d'or award for first-time filmmakers.

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