Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Dario Saliani 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

Dario Saliani was born in Torino (Italy). He started writing and directing short films at the age of 13, driven by his passion for Cinema. He specialised in Film Production in high school and before finishing his diploma, his film "Unbelievable" was awarded best short at Piemonte Movie International Film Festival. Dario moved to Ireland in 2017 to attend the National Film School. During this period, Dario wrote and directed "Beloved Sister" - which was screened in Austria at Yuki international film festival, and "Narciso". Dario is currently developing the script of his first feature "Everybody's son", the emotional story of a kid in search of his mother.

Thesis | Mothers and Sons in Xavier Dolan's J'ai tué ma mère and Mommy

I decided to write my dissertation on one of my favourite writers and directors, Xavier Dolan. More specifically, I wanted to research and analyse how Dolan writes his versions of mother-son relationships focusing on his moves: J’ai Tué Ma Mère and Mommy. I supported my dissertation with academic material, mainly regarding the psychological and psychoanalytic view of mother and son relationships.
It was my first time writing an academic dissertation in English and despite the challenge of a short time frame, and work constantly overlapping I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to research and learn about a topic that I have always been passionate about.