Xavier Dolan

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Xavier Dolan
Xavier Dolan at TIFF 2009.jpg
Xavier Dolan, September 2009
Born (1989-03-20) 20 March 1989 (age 25)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Xavier Dolan (born 20 March 1989), sometimes credited as Xavier Dolan-Tadros, is a Canadian actor and filmmaker.

Life and career[edit]

Dolan was born in Montreal, Quebec. He is the son of Geneviève Dolan, a teacher, and Manuel Tadros, an actor and singer of Egyptian descent.[citation needed] Formerly a child actor in films such as J'en suis!, Le Marchand de sable and La Forteresse suspendue and television series such as Omertà, la loi du silence, Dolan attracted international attention when his first film as a director and screenwriter, J'ai tué ma mère, won three awards from the Director's Fortnight program at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

J'ai tué ma mère has been sold to more than 20 countries.[2]

After J'ai tué ma mère he directed his second feature film Les Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats), which was financed privately.[2] It follows the infatuation of two friends with the same mysterious young man. Inevitably, their friendship suffers. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard category at the 63e Festival de Cannes in May 2010, to a standing ovation,[3] and won the top prize of the Official Competition at the Sydney Film Festival in June.

As of September 2009, the Québec-specific French-language dubbed version of the animated series South Park features Dolan as the voice of Stan.[4] His voice work also included narrating the National Film Board of Canada's 2010 animated documentary Lipsett Diaries.[5]

Dolan is gay,[6] and has described J'ai tué ma mère as being semi-autobiographical.

His third film Laurence Anyways was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[7][8]

In May 2012, Dolan announced that his fourth film would be an adaption of Michel Marc Bouchard's play Tom at the Farm.[9] It received its world premiere in the main competition section at the 70th Venice International Film Festival on 2 September 2013.

His upcoming film Mommy has been selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[10]


As director[edit]

As actor[edit]

As voice actor (French dub)[edit]


  1. ^ "Québécois filmmaker electrifies Cannes". The Globe and Mail, 25 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Rezo wraps up Dolan's 'Love'". Variety, 10 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Xavier Dolan: Flattered, but fretting about Cannes return" 24 May 2009.
  4. ^ "South Park to air in French this fall". CBC News. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  5. ^ "Lipsett Diaries". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Xavier Dolan: The New Woody Allen, Only Younger, Cuter and Gay". Huffington Post, February 22, 2011.
  7. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  8. ^ "Dolan in two minds over Cannes". Times Colonist. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  9. ^ "Xavier Dolan fourth film, is an Adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard's Play 'Tom à la Ferme'". Charlie Schmidlin. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  10. ^ "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 


  • Pierre-Alexandre Fradet, « Xavier Dolan » (interview at Cannes), Séquences, n° 279, july-august 2012, p. 46-47.

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