It might have impressed many filmgoers, and won both the Critics Week Grand Prize and Golden Rail award at Cannes, but unfortunately, Lucía Puenzo's XXY didn't get any Academy glory. I can't be too bummed, because the foreign film category got its share of criticism this year, but I really just chalk it up to the fact I like it. Any film or performance that I find particularly stunning or moving never gets the love it deserves come Oscar time. Inés Efron's performance is especially worthy of praise, and now you'll get a chance to see for yourself.

The Hollywood Reporter has posted that indie distributor Film Movement has bought the North American rights to the Argentinian coming-of-age drama. The company is planning to kick off the film's North American release with screentime in New York this May, and a national rollout to follow. The film focuses on Efron's Alex, a young hermaphrodite living as a girl and not feeling completely comfortable in his/her skin. (S)he struggles with the pressures of parental expectation, the pressures of keeping such a big secret, and burgeoning sexual feelings. For now, you can check out my TIFF review here, and trailers/clips here.