EXCLUSIVE: Xavier Dolan’s competition entry has triggered a wave of preemptive business in the run-up to its world premiere on the Croisette.

Deals have closed with Diaphana for France, ABC Cinemien for Benelux and Pictures Dept for Japan.

Séville International vp of international sales Anick Poirier has also licensed the drama to Lev Films (Shani) for Israel, Alambique for Portugal and Kurmaca for Turkey.

A deal is understood to be close in South Korea. “Once people see the film I expect offers to come in,” said Poirier.

Mommy follows a widow living alone with her violent son who sees a glimmer of hope when a mysterious female neighbour establishes herself in the household.

Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément, Alexandre Goyette and Patrick Huard star.