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Xavier Dolan

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Born
Xavier Dolan-Tadros

(1989-03-20) 20 March 1989 (age 33)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupations
  • Filmmaker
  • actor
  • costume designer
  • film editor
  • producer
Years active1994–present
ParentManuel Tadros (father)
AwardsFull list

Xavier Dolan-Tadros CQ CM (French: [ɡzavje dɔlan tadʁɔs];[1] born 20 March 1989) is a Canadian filmmaker, actor and costume designer.[2] He began his career as a child actor in commercials before directing several arthouse feature films. He first received international acclaim in 2009 for his feature film directorial debut, I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mère), which he also starred in, wrote, and produced, and which premiered at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in the Directors' Fortnight section and won three awards from the program.[3][4]

Since 2009, he has written and directed eight feature films, all of which have premiered at Cannes, with the exception of Tom at the Farm—which premiered at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in 2013—and his first English-language film, The Death & Life of John F. Donovan, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Dolan has also directed music videos, notably with Adele for the videos of her singles "Hello" (2015), and "Easy on Me" (2021), for which he received a Grammy Award for Best Music Video nomination.

Dolan has won many accolades for his work, including the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Mommy and the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for It's Only the End of the World. He has also won several Canadian Screen Awards and César Awards.

Outside of his own films, Dolan has also starred in films from other directors, including Elephant Song (2014), Boy Erased (2018), Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), and It Chapter Two (2019).

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Child actor

Child actor

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Art film

Art film

An art film is typically an independent film, aimed at a niche market rather than a mass market audience. It is "intended to be a serious, artistic work, often experimental and not designed for mass appeal", "made primarily for aesthetic reasons rather than commercial profit", containing "unconventional or highly symbolic content".

2009 Cannes Film Festival

2009 Cannes Film Festival

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival was held from 13 May to 24 May 2009. French actress Isabelle Huppert was the President of the Jury. Twenty films from thirteen countries were selected to compete for the Palme d'Or. The awards were announced on 23 May. The film The White Ribbon, directed by Michael Haneke won the Palme d'Or.

Directors' Fortnight

Directors' Fortnight

The Directors' Fortnight is an independent selection of the Cannes Film Festival. It was started in 1969 by the French Directors Guild after the events of May 1968 resulted in cancellation of the Cannes festival as an act of solidarity with striking workers.

70th Venice International Film Festival

70th Venice International Film Festival

The 70th annual Venice International Film Festival took place in Venice, Italy from 28 August to 7 September 2013. American film director William Friedkin was presented with a lifetime achievement award. Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci was the President of the Jury. He was previously the President of the Jury at the 40th edition in 1983. Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, was the opening film of the festival. Italian actress Eva Riccobono hosted the opening and closing nights of the festival.

2018 Toronto International Film Festival

2018 Toronto International Film Festival

The 43rd annual Toronto International Film Festival was held from September 6 to 16, 2018. In June 2018, the TIFF organizers announced a program to ensure that at least 20 percent of all film critics and journalists given press accreditation to the festival were members of underrepresented groups, such as women and people of color. The People's Choice Award was won by Green Book, directed by Peter Farrelly.

Adele

Adele

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. After graduating in arts from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a record deal with XL Recordings. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 and spawned the UK top-five singles "Chasing Pavements" and "Make You Feel My Love".19 has sold over 2.5 million copies in the UK and was named in the top 20 best-selling debut albums of all time in the UK. Adele was honoured with the Brit Award for Rising Star as well as the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

2014 Cannes Film Festival

2014 Cannes Film Festival

The 67th Cannes Film Festival was held from 14 to 25 May 2014. New Zealand film director Jane Campion was the head of the jury for the main competition section. The Palme d'Or was awarded to the Turkish film Winter Sleep directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

2016 Cannes Film Festival

2016 Cannes Film Festival

The 69th Cannes Film Festival was held from 11 to 22 May 2016. Australian director George Miller was the President of the Jury for the main competition. French actor Laurent Lafitte was the host for the opening and closing ceremonies. On 15 March it was announced that Japanese director Naomi Kawase would serve as the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury president. American director Woody Allen's film Café Society opened the festival.

Canadian Screen Awards

Canadian Screen Awards

The Canadian Screen Awards are awards given for artistic and technical merit in the film industry recognizing excellence in Canadian film, English-language television, and digital media productions. Given annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, the awards recognize excellence in cinematic achievements, as assessed by the Academy's voting membership.

Boy Erased

Boy Erased

Boy Erased is a 2018 American biographical drama film based on Garrard Conley's 2016 memoir of the same name. It is written and directed by Joel Edgerton, who also produced with Kerry Kohansky Roberts and Steve Golin. The film stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Edgerton, and follows the son of Baptist parents who is forced to take part in a conversion therapy program.

Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American neo-noir thriller film written, directed, and produced by Drew Goddard. It stars an ensemble cast consisting of Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, and Chris Hemsworth. The plot centers on six strangers and an employee at the El Royale, a hotel located along the California–Nevada border, who arrive with dark personal secrets that eventually intersect on a fateful night in the late 1960s. The film explores themes on morality, faith, and redemption, with the state border and other visualizations representing the concept of right and wrong.

Early life

Dolan was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He is the son of Geneviève Dolan, a Quebecois teacher, and Manuel Tadros, a successful Egyptian-Canadian actor and singer of Coptic and Lebanese descent.[5]

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Montreal

Montreal

Montreal is the second-most populous city in Canada and most populous city in the Canadian province of Quebec. Founded in 1642 as Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill around which the early city of Ville-Marie is built. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which obtained its name from the same origin as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. The city is 196 km (122 mi) east of the national capital Ottawa, and 258 km (160 mi) southwest of the provincial capital, Quebec City.

Manuel Tadros

Manuel Tadros

Hany Manuel Tadros is an Egyptian-Canadian singer, songwriter, actor, comedian and voice actor. He currently works and lives in Quebec.

Egyptian Canadians

Egyptian Canadians

Egyptian Canadians are Canadian citizens of Egyptian descent, first-generation Egyptian immigrants, or descendants of Egyptians who emigrated to Canada. According to the 2011 Census there were 73,250 Canadian citizens who are from Egypt, having an increase compared to those in the 2006 Census.

Copts in Egypt

Copts in Egypt

Copts in Egypt refers to Coptic people born in or residing in Egypt.

Syro-Lebanese in Egypt

Syro-Lebanese in Egypt

The Syro-Lebanese of Egypt, also known as Levantine-Egyptians or Syro-Egyptians, are an ethnic minority group in Egypt. They are Egyptians who have ancestry originating from the Levant, mostly what is now Syria and Lebanon. The majority of Egypt's historic Syro-Lebanese community is Christian, mainly Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox.

Career

Early films

Dolan attracted international attention with his directorial debut, I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mère), which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in at the age of 19, using funds from his extensive work as a child actor.[6] He reportedly began writing the script when he was 16 years old.[7] He said in an interview with Canadian newspaper Le Soleil that the film was partly autobiographical.[8]

The film was at first financed solely by Dolan, but when need for more money arose, he asked Telefilm and the SODEC for subsidies. Each turned him down for different reasons.[8] SODEC, who had loved the project but refused to finance it because it was submitted to a too commercial department, encouraged Dolan to submit it again in more appropriate "indie" department, which he did. In December 2008, SODEC gave him a $400,000 subsidy. In all, the film cost around $800,000 CAD.[7] Dolan said that the system to acquire funding is "an obsolete financing mechanism that holds the creative assets of Quebec hostage".[8]

The film premiered at the Director's Fortnight program of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival where it received an eight-minute standing ovation and won three awards: the Art Cinema Award, the SACD Prize for screenplay, and the Prix Regards Jeunes.[9] It also won a Lumière Award and four Jutra Awards, including Best Film, Best Screenplay, and Most Successful Film Outside Québec, beating out Denis Villeneuve's film Polytechnique (2009) in what was deemed an "upset".[10]

Dolan later said that the film was "flawed" and Peter Brunette of The Hollywood Reporter called it "a somewhat uneven film that demonstrates a great deal of talent". Brunette also called the film "funny and audacious", while Allan Hunter of Screen International said that it possessed "the sting of shrewdly observed truth".[11]

The film received the Claude Jutra Award (now known as the Canadian Screen Award for Best First Feature) at the Genies, and the Toronto Film Critics Association awarded Dolan the inaugural $5,000 Jay Scott Prize for emerging talent. I Killed My Mother was named one of Canada's Top Ten features of the year by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and chosen as Canada's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2010 Academy Awards, though it failed to receive a nomination from the academy.[11][12] Distribution rights were later sold to more than 20 countries.[13] Due to legal problems experienced by the film's U.S. distributor, Regent Entertainment,[14] it was not released theatrically in the U.S. until 2013, and once released, it earned little at the box office.[15]

The second feature film Dolan directed, Heartbeats (Les Amours imaginaires), was financed privately.[13] The film follows two friends who are infatuated with the same mysterious young man and their friendship suffers. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard category at the 63e Festival de Cannes in May 2010 where it received a standing ovation.[16] It won the top prize of the Official Competition at the Sydney Film Festival in June and screened at several film festivals throughout 2011, but failed to find audiences in non-French-speaking countries. It received several Genie nominations and the AQCC (Québec association of film critics) award for Best Film.[11]

His third film, Laurence Anyways, was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Suzanne Clément's performance in the film won the section's award for Best Actress.[17][18] The film received praise or qualified praise from critics.[19][20] A critic for MTV's The Out Take, which focuses on LGBT films, called the film "the best film of the year."[21] Despite the praise, the film was not released commercially for a year.[22] Upon release, the film struggled at the box office,[15] and only grossed roughly $500,000 in Canada.[23]

In May 2012, Dolan announced that his fourth film would be an adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard's play Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme).[24] It received its world premiere in the main competition section at the 70th Venice International Film Festival on 2 September 2013 and won the FIPRESCI award. Though Tom at the Farm played the festival circuits in 2013, it was not released in the U.S. until 2015. In an August 2015 interview, Dolan said: "No one knows me in the States, because the movies have been released in such an awkward, irregular fashion, all by different distributors... I don't want to sound pretentious, but it's puzzling."[25]

Mommy

Dolan's 2014 film, Mommy, shared the Jury Prize in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival with Jean-Luc Godard's film Goodbye to Language (Adieu au langage).[26] The jury president for the 2014 festival was Jane Campion and, upon receiving the award, Dolan stated:

The Piano [Campion's film] was the first film that I watched that truly defined who I am... It made me want to write films for beautiful women with soul and will and strength. To even stand on the same stage as you [Campion] is extraordinary.[27]

The film was singled out by critics as Dolan's "most mature" film to date and proved to be a breakthrough in his career as a director.[28] It was his first film to achieve significant success at the box office, grossing over $3.5 million domestically in 2014, becoming the highest-selling film in Quebec for 2014.[29] According to the Montreal Gazette, over one million people saw the film in France.[29] Mommy won the César Award for Best Foreign Film in 2015.[30]

It's Only the End of the World

Dolan's next film was an adaptation of the play Juste la fin du monde by Jean-Luc Lagarce, titled It's Only the End of the World. The film stars Marion Cotillard, Gaspard Ulliel, Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux and Nathalie Baye. Filming commenced in late May 2015.[31] The film was an official selection for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, in competition for the Palme d'Or, though it did not win.[32]

The film premiered to polarized reactions from festival audiences and critics, with Vanity Fair calling it "the most disappointing film at Cannes."[33][34][35] The Hollywood Reporter called it "a cold and deeply unsatisfying" film[36] and Variety dubbed it "a frequently excruciating dramatic experience".[37] During the festival, Dolan spoke out against the negative criticism in the media.[38][39] The film also received positive reviews from critics, including The Guardian, which called it a "brilliant, stylised and hallucinatory evocation of family dysfunction".[40]

Dolan stated that It's Only the End of the World is his best film and the one he's the most proud of.[41] The film was nomiated for several awards and won a few awards such as the Grand Prix and the Ecumenical Jury Prize.[42][43][44]

For his work on It's Only the End of the World, Dolan won the César Awards for Best Director and Best Editing at the 42nd ceremony on 24 February 2017.[45] He also won 3 Canadian Screen Awards for Best Motion Picture, Best Achievement in Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay.[46]

The Death & Life of John F. Donovan

In March 2013, Dolan was in pre-production for his first English-language film The Death & Life of John F. Donovan;[47] he co-wrote the screenplay with Jacob Tierney. The film follows John F. Donovan (Kit Harington), a Hollywood film actor whose life and career are turned upside-down when a gossip columnist (Jessica Chastain) exposes his private correspondence with an 11-year-old British fan. The film also stars Susan Sarandon as Donovan's mother and Kathy Bates as his manager.[48] In February 2018, Dolan confirmed via Instagram that Chastain had been cut from the film, and that the story had been altered throughout post-production.[49]

The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, making it Dolan's first film to premiere at the festival. Following its premiere at the festival, it received universally negative reviews from critics.[50] IndieWire dubbed the film Dolan's "worst" of his career.[51] The Guardian gave the film one out of five stars, deeming it a "dubious mess".[52] Now magazine called the film "mediocre at best".[53] In a more positive review, Screen International wrote that the film "may revisit a lot of familiar territory for Dolan but on this form it is good to welcome him home."[54]

Matthias & Maxime

Dolan's eighth film was titled Matthias & Maxime. It centres on the titular Matthias (played by Gabriel D'Almeida Freitas) and Maxime (played by Xavier Dolan), lifelong friends whose relationship is tested when they act in a short film whose script calls for them to kiss each other, leaving them both questioning their sexual identities when the experience awakens their long-dormant feelings for each other.[55]

The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 22 May 2019.[56][57] The film was nominated for seven awards at the 22nd Quebec Cinema Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Funk and Best Editing for Dolan.[58] It won for Best Supporting Actress for Bernard, Best Music for Jean-Michel Blais, and Most Successful Film Outside Quebec.[59]

Other work

In 2015, Dolan was selected to serve on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[60][61] Also that year, he directed the music video for "Hello", the lead single from the album 25 by Adele.[62] The video broke the Vevo record for most views in 24 hours, over 27.7 million views.[63] The video was also notable for featuring footage shot in IMAX.[64] Dolan received the Juno Award for Video of the Year for directing the video.[65]

Dolan played supporting roles in two 2018 American films: Boy Erased, opposite Lucas Hedges and Troye Sivan, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival; and Bad Times at the El Royale, as a British-accented music producer, Buddy Sunday.[66] He appeared in the horror follow-up It Chapter Two, which was released in September 2019.[67] He has also starred in Lost Illusions, an adaption of Illusions perdues by Honoré de Balzac, directed by Xavier Giannoli.[68]

In December 2021, Dolan confirmed via Instagram the end of the shooting of his first TV Drama, The Night Logan Woke Up, based on Michel Marc Bouchard's play of the same name.[69]

Dolan co-owns along with producer Nancy Grant,[70] the production company Sons of Manual.[71][72]

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I Killed My Mother

I Killed My Mother

I Killed My Mother is a 2009 Canadian drama film written, directed, produced by and starring Xavier Dolan, in his directorial debut. Loosely autobiographical, it follows the complicated relationship between a young man Hubert Minel (Dolan) and his mother. The film attracted international press attention when it won three awards from the Director's Fortnight program at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. After being shown, the film received a standing ovation. It was shown in 12 cinemas in Quebec and 60 in France.

Le Soleil (Quebec)

Le Soleil (Quebec)

Le Soleil is a French-language daily newspaper in Quebec City, Quebec. It was founded on December 28, 1896 and is published in compact format since April 2006. It is distributed mainly in Quebec City; however, it is also for sale at newsstands in Ottawa, Montreal, New Brunswick and some places in Florida, where many Quebecers spend the winter. It is owned by Groupe Capitales Médias.

Autobiografiction

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Autobiografiction is a literary fiction genre that blends autobiography with fiction; it fictionalizes autobiographical experiences, often by altering them, attributing them to fictional characters or reinventing them into other experiences. The concept of autobiografiction was invented by Stephen Reynolds in 1906, and then researched and described in depth by Max Saunders in 2010.

Canadian dollar

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2009 Toronto International Film Festival

2009 Toronto International Film Festival

The 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between September 10 and September 19, 2009. The opening night gala presented the Charles Darwin biography Creation. The Young Victoria, based on the early years of Queen Victoria, closed the festival on September 19.

2009 Cannes Film Festival

2009 Cannes Film Festival

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival was held from 13 May to 24 May 2009. French actress Isabelle Huppert was the President of the Jury. Twenty films from thirteen countries were selected to compete for the Palme d'Or. The awards were announced on 23 May. The film The White Ribbon, directed by Michael Haneke won the Palme d'Or.

Lumières Award

Lumières Award

The Lumières Award is a French film award presented by the Académie des Lumières to honor the best in the French-speaking cinema of the previous year. The awards ceremony is organized by the Académie des Lumières which consists of over 200 representatives of the international press based in Paris. Today it is regarded as one of the most prestigious French film industry awards, equivalent to the Golden Globe Award presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve

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Polytechnique (film)

Polytechnique (film)

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Peter Brunette

Peter Brunette

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Screen International

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Genie Awards

Genie Awards

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Influences and style

Dolan has said that he is not particularly influenced by any specific directors, though in 2009, Dolan identified Michael Haneke as one of his favourite directors for his precise camerawork and strong writing, citing Haneke's Funny Games and The Piano Teacher as favourites.[73]

At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Dolan said that The Piano by Jane Campion was a major inspiration for him. He has also cited seeing the film Titanic as an early influence on his decision to enter the film industry.[74] He has mentioned paying tribute to My Own Private Idaho with a sequence in I Killed My Mother,[75] and that he was influenced by the frog rain scene at the end of Magnolia, but said in 2013:

What I'm trying to say is that I'm not that influenced by directors.... I've read basically every review of my films because I'm crazy and I focus on what's negative and I want to know what people think—and why they think it. So many times I've been bullied into references and influences that were never mine by viewers that would project their opinions and associations and assumptions on me.... But let's get real: ideas travel and everything's been done, it's all a matter of interpreting things again now.[76]

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2015 Cannes Film Festival

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Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke is an Austrian film director and screenwriter. His work often examines social issues and depicts the feelings of estrangement experienced by individuals in modern society. Haneke has made films in French, German, and English and has worked in television and theatre, as well as cinema. He also teaches film direction at the Film Academy Vienna.

Funny Games (1997 film)

Funny Games (1997 film)

Funny Games is a 1997 Austrian psychological horror film written and directed by Michael Haneke, and starring Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, and Arno Frisch. The plot involves two young men who hold a family hostage and torture them with sadistic games in their vacation home. The film was entered into the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. A shot-for-shot remake, filmed and set in the United States, was released in 2007, also directed by Haneke, this time with an English-speaking cast and a mostly American crew.

The Piano Teacher (film)

The Piano Teacher (film)

The Piano Teacher is a 2001 erotic psychological drama film written and directed by Michael Haneke, based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Elfriede Jelinek. It tells the story of an unmarried piano teacher at a Vienna conservatory, living with her mother in a state of emotional and sexual disequilibrium, who enters into a sadomasochistic relationship with her student. A co-production of Austria and France, Haneke was given the opportunity to direct after previous attempts to adapt the novel by filmmakers Valie Export and Paulus Manker collapsed for financial reasons.

2014 Cannes Film Festival

2014 Cannes Film Festival

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The Piano

The Piano

The Piano is a 1993 erotic period drama film written and directed by Jane Campion. Starring Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, and Anna Paquin in her first major acting role, the film focuses on a mute Scottish woman who travels to a remote part of New Zealand with her young daughter after her arranged marriage to a frontiersman.

Jane Campion

Jane Campion

Dame Elizabeth Jane Campion is a New Zealand filmmaker. She is best known for writing and directing the critically acclaimed films The Piano (1993) and The Power of the Dog (2021), for which she has received a total of two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards. Campion was appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM) in the 2016 New Year Honours, for services to film.

Titanic (1997 film)

Titanic (1997 film)

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My Own Private Idaho

My Own Private Idaho

My Own Private Idaho is a 1991 American independent adventure drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant, loosely based on Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V. The story follows two friends, Mike Waters and Scott Favor, played by River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves respectively, as they embark on a journey of personal discovery that takes them from Portland, Oregon, to Mike's hometown in Idaho, and then to Rome in search of Mike's mother.

Magnolia (film)

Magnolia (film)

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Personal life

Dolan is openly gay,[77] and described his first film, I Killed My Mother, as semi-autobiographical.[12][78]

Filmography

Film

As filmmaker

Year Title Director Writer Producer Editor Costume Designer Notes
2009 I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mère) Yes Yes Yes No Yes
2010 Heartbeats (Les Amours imaginaires) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Also art director, visual concept, still photographer, costume concepts and press kit
2012 Laurence Anyways Yes Yes Executive Yes Yes Also dubbing director
2013 Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Also executive producer, dubbing Director and English subtitles by
2014 Mommy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Also English subtitles and French subtitles
2016 It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Also costume concepts and English subtitles
2018 The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Yes Yes Yes Yes No Also dubbing Director and does the voice of Kit Harington in Canadian French dubbed version[79]
2019 Matthias & Maxime Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2021 Charlotte No No Executive No No
2022 The Night Logan Woke Up (La nuit où Laurier Gaudreault s'est réveillé) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited series, 5x60' episodes

Acting roles

Title Year Role Director(s) Notes
Heads or Tails (J'en suis !) 1997 Edouard Claude Fournier
Le marchand de sable 1999 Nadine Fournelle Short film
The Hidden Fortress (La Forteresse suspendue) 2001 Michaël Roger Cantin
Mirrors (Miroirs d'été) 2006 Julien Étienne Desrosiers Short film
Martyrs 2008 Antoine Belfond Pascal Laugier
Suzie 2009 Punk Micheline Lanctôt
I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mère) 2009 Hubert Minel Himself Also producer and writer
Heartbeats (Les Amours imaginaires) 2010 Francis Himself Also producer, writer and editor
Good Neighbours 2010 Jean-Marc Jacob Tierney
Lipsett Diaries 2010 Narrator Theodore Ushev Short documentary film
Laurence Anyways 2012 Man at the party Himself Also executive producer, writer and editor
Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme) 2013 Tom Himself Also producer and writer
Miraculum 2014 Étienne Daniel Grou
Elephant Song 2014 Michael Aleen Charles Binamé
Boy Erased 2018 Jon Joel Edgerton Also does own dub-over voice in European and Canadian French dubbed versions
Bad Times at the El Royale 2018 Buddy Sunday Drew Goddard Also does own dub-over voice in European and Canadian French dubbed versions
Matthias & Maxime 2019 Max Himself
It Chapter Two 2019 Adrian Mellon Andy Muschietti Also does own dub-over voice in European and Canadian French dubbed versions
Lost Illusions 2021 Raoul Nathan Xavier Giannoli
Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

As voice actor

Dolan is also a voice actor and has dubbed several films in Quebec French.[80] Note: Many films that are dubbed in French are also dubbed in the French spoken in Québec or in one of the versions of French known as international French. DVDs may be labelled VQ for "version Québécoise", which uses a Québécois accent and terms unique to that variety of the French language, or VFQ for "version francophone québécoise", which presents a generally neutral accent but pronounces English words in a way found in North America rather than in France.

As music video director

Year Title Artist Director Producer Editor
2013 "College Boy" Indochine Yes No No
2015 "Hello" Adele Yes Yes Yes
2021 "Easy on Me" Yes Yes Yes

Frequent collaborators

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Screenwriter

Screenwriter

A screenplay writer is a writer who practices the craft of screenwriting, writing screenplays on which mass media, such as films, television programs and video games, are based.

I Killed My Mother

I Killed My Mother

I Killed My Mother is a 2009 Canadian drama film written, directed, produced by and starring Xavier Dolan, in his directorial debut. Loosely autobiographical, it follows the complicated relationship between a young man Hubert Minel (Dolan) and his mother. The film attracted international press attention when it won three awards from the Director's Fortnight program at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. After being shown, the film received a standing ovation. It was shown in 12 cinemas in Quebec and 60 in France.

Heartbeats (2010 film)

Heartbeats (2010 film)

Heartbeats is a 2010 Canadian romantic drama film written and directed by Xavier Dolan. It follows the story of two friends who both fall in love with the same man. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Laurence Anyways

Laurence Anyways

Laurence Anyways is a 2012 Canadian romantic drama film written, directed and edited by Xavier Dolan. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where Suzanne Clément won the Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress. Laurence Anyways also won the Queer Palm Award at the festival.

Mommy (2014 film)

Mommy (2014 film)

Mommy is a 2014 Canadian drama film written, produced, directed and edited by Xavier Dolan and starring Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, and Suzanne Clément. The story concerns a mother with a sometimes-violent teenage son, struggling to control his behaviour in a desperate attempt to avoid seeing him being institutionalized.

It's Only the End of the World

It's Only the End of the World

It's Only the End of the World is a 2016 drama film written, edited and directed by Xavier Dolan. The film is based on the play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce and stars Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, and Vincent Cassel. It is about a young playwright who reunites with his family after a 12-year absence to inform them he is going to die.

Kit Harington

Kit Harington

Christopher Catesby Harington is an English actor. He is known for his role as Jon Snow in the HBO epic fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019).

Matthias & Maxime

Matthias & Maxime

Matthias & Maxime is a 2019 Canadian drama film written and directed by Xavier Dolan. It stars Dolan, Gabriel D'Almeida Freitas, Pier-Luc Funk, Samuel Gauthier, Antoine Pilon, Adib Alkhalidey, Anne Dorval, Micheline Bernard, Marilyn Castonguay and Catherine Brunet.

Charlotte (2021 film)

Charlotte (2021 film)

Charlotte is a 2021 animated biographical drama film about German painter Charlotte Salomon, directed by Éric Warin and Tahir Rana, from a screen story by Erik Rutherford and a screenplay by Rutherford and David Bezmozgis, inspired by Salomon's autobiographical painting series, Life? or Theatre?. It stars the voices of Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent, Sam Claflin, Henry Czerny, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory, Sophie Okonedo and Mark Strong. Knightley, Marion Cotillard, and Xavier Dolan serve as executive producers. Charlotte is an international co-production between Canada, Belgium and France.

Heads or Tails (1997 film)

Heads or Tails (1997 film)

Heads or Tails is a 1997 Quebec comedy film directed by Claude Fournier and starring Roy Dupuis and Patrick Huard

Claude Fournier (filmmaker)

Claude Fournier (filmmaker)

Claude Fournier is a Canadian film director, screenwriter, editor and cinematographer. He is one of the forerunners of the Cinema of Quebec. He is the twin brother of Guy Fournier.

Martyrs (2008 film)

Martyrs (2008 film)

Martyrs is a 2008 psychological horror film written and directed by Pascal Laugier, and starring Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana Alaoui, and Catherine Bégin. It follows a young woman's quest to seek revenge against individuals who abducted and tortured her as a child, and her friend, also a victim of abuse, who agrees to help her; their plot, however, leads to the disturbing revelation of a secret society preoccupied with the creation of "martyrs" through physical torture.

Books on Xavier Dolan

  • Pierre-Alexandre Fradet, Philosopher à travers le cinéma québécois. Xavier Dolan, Denis Côté, Stéphane Lafleur et autres cinéastes, Paris, Éditions Hermann, 2018, 274 p.

Source: "Xavier Dolan", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xavier_Dolan.

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