Xavier Dolan is a true wunderkind filmmaker, establishing himself at a very young age in the entertainment industry. A former child actor, the French Canadian made his directional debut with I Killed My Mother at the age of 20. The film debuted at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar where it won three awards; Dolan wrote, directed, starred in, produced, edited and did the costumes for the film.
His next feature Heartbeats played out in a similar fashion. The film made its world premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. Once again, Dolan proved triumphant bringing home the Regards Jeunes Prize. IFC later brought the film to US theaters and it went on to be nominated for four Genie Awards and the French César for Best Foreign Feature. As with Heartbeats, Xavier wrote, directed, starred in, produced, edited and did the costumes for the film.
Laurence Anyways marks Dolan’s third feature film and the first in which he does not star. Like his previous work, the film debuted in the Un Certain Regard category at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where it brought home the Queer Palm as well as Best Actress honors for Suzanne Clément. The film has been another festival favorite bringing home many awards including Best Canadian Feature at Toronto International Film Festival and the Golden Swann at Cabourg Romantic Film Festical. It has been nominated for ten Canadian Screen Awards (including all major categories) and a French César for Best Foreign Feature. Xavier wrote, directed, produced, edited and designed costumes for the feature.
Xavier is currently working on his fourth feature, an adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard’s play Tom à la ferme.