Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways, a love story about a seemingly straight couple whose relationship evolves after the husband reveals that he is, in fact, a woman and wants to transition, opens Friday, Oct 5 at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).
The film won the Best Canadian Feature award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), kicking off buzz about a possible Oscar nomination.
Dolan says that the trans angle was employed more as a “metaphor” than to drive the narrative. “It’s mostly a love story,” he says. “What I really wanted to centre on was the dynamics of a couple going through the challenge of being yourself.”
Laurence Anyways is the director’s third feature film. It was previously released in Quebec. Release dates for the US have not yet been set.
Below are interviews with Dolan and other stars at TIFF.