Dolan at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
20 March 1989 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Occupation||Film director, actor, screenwriter, film editor, film producer|
Xavier Dolan (born 20 March 1989), sometimes credited as Xavier Dolan-Tadros, is a French-Canadian actor and filmmaker.
Dolan was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the son of Geneviève Dolan, a teacher, and Manuel Tadros, an Egyptian-born Canadian actor and singer. Dolan was 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 with his first feature film, I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mère), which he wrote, directed and starred in. 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 the Art Cinema Award, the Prix Regards Jeunes and the SACD Prize. I Killed My Mother was subsequently sold to more than 20 countries.
After I Killed My Mother, Dolan directed his second feature film, Heartbeats (Les Amours imaginaires), which was financed privately. The film follows two friends who are infatuated 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 and received a standing ovation, and won the top prize of the Official Competition at the Sydney Film Festival in June.
In May 2012, Dolan announced that his fourth film would be an adaption of Michel Marc Bouchard's play Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme). 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.
Dolan's 2014 film Mommy won the Jury Prize in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival sharing it with Jean-Luc Godard's film Goodbye to Language (Adieu au langage). The Jury president at 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."
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan is an upcoming American drama film directed by Xavier Dolan. The film follows John F. Donovan (Kit Harington), an actor whose life and career are turned upside-down when a gossip columnist (Jessica Chastain) exposes his private correspondence with an 11-year old fan. The film also stars Susan Sarandon as Donovan's mother and Kathy Bates as his manager. It will be his first English-language work.
As of September 2009, the Quebec-specific, French-language-dubbed version of the animated series, South Park, features Dolan as the voice of Stan. His voice work also includes narration of the National Film Board of Canada's 2010 animated documentary, Lipsett Diaries.
- 2009: I Killed My Mother
- 2010: Heartbeats
- 2012: Laurence Anyways
- 2013: Tom at the Farm
- 2013: College Boy (Music video for Indochine)
- 2014: Mommy
- 2016: The Death and Life of John F. Donovan
- 1994: Miséricorde (Misery)
- 1997: Heads or Tails
- 2001: La forteresse suspendue (The Suspended Fortress)
- 2006: Miroirs d'Été
- 2008: Martyrs
- 2009: Suzie
- 2009: I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mère)
- 2010: Heartbeats (Les Amours imaginaires)
- 2010: Good Neighbours
- 2013: Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme)
- 2014: Miraculum
- 2014: Elephant Song
As voice actor (in French)
- 2000: My Dog Skip : Spit
- 2000: Pay it Forward : Trevor
- 2001: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone : Ron Weasley
- 2002: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets : Ron Weasley
- 2003: Secondhand Lions : Walter
- 2003: Finding Nemo : Tad
- 2004: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban : Ron Weasley
- 2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire : Ron Weasley
- 2005: Glurp Attack! or Glurpologie : Ty
- 2006: Alpha Dog : Keith Stratten
- 2007: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix : Ron Weasley
- 2007: Magi-Nation : Tony
- 2007: Whistler : Quinn McKaye
- 2008: High School Musical 3: Senior Year : Donnie Dion
- 2008: Twilight : Jacob Black
- 2009: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince : Ron Weasley
- 2009: The Twilight Saga: New Moon : Jacob Black
- 2009: South Park : Stan Marsh
- 2009: Planet 51 : Skiff
- 2010: Kick-Ass : Dave Lizewski / Kick-Ass
- 2010: How To Train Your Dragon : Harold
- 2010: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse : Jacob Black
- 2010: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 : Ron Weasley
- 2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 : Ron Weasley
- 2011: My Week with Marilyn : Colin Clark
- 2011: Abduction : Nathan Harper
- 2011: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 : Jacob Black
- 2011: The Smurfs : Brainy Smurf
- 2012: John Carter : Edgar Rice Burroughs
- 2012: The Hunger Games : Peeta Mellark
- 2012: Life of Pi : Pi Patel
- 2012: Chernobyl Diaries : Chris
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- "Québécois filmmaker electrifies Cannes". The Globe and Mail, 25 May 2009.
- "Rezo wraps up Dolan's 'Love'". Variety, 10 February 2010.
- "Xavier Dolan: Flattered, but fretting about Cannes return" 24 May 2009.
- "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "Dolan in two minds over Cannes". Times Colonist. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "Xavier Dolan fourth film, is an Adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard's Play 'Tom à la Ferme'". Charlie Schmidlin. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
- "Awards 2014 : Competition". Cannes. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- Xan Brooks (25 May 2014). "Cannes festival ready for shut-eye after Winter Sleep wins Palme d'Or". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "Xavier Dolan Writing His First American Film 'The Death & Life of John F. Donovan' & More From MoMa". Blackbook. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- "Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates Board 'Mommy' Director's First English-Language Project (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- "South Park to air in French this fall". CBC News. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- "Lipsett Diaries". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
- "Xavier Dolan: The New Woody Allen, Only Younger, Cuter and Gay". Huffington Post, 22 February 2011.
- Pierre-Alexandre Fradet, "Xavier Dolan", Séquences, No. 279, July–August 2012, pp. 46–47, interview at Cannes.
- Schou, Solvej (16 January 2015). "Cries for Help, Embraced by Praise". New York Times.
- Whitney, Erin (22 January 2015). "This Is Why Everyone Is Talking About 'Mommy' Director Xavier Dolan". Huffington Post.
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