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Content Quebec On Demand

Keynote interview: Xavier Dolan

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Xavier Dolan is a Québécois actor, director and screenwriter. He first received international acclaim in 2009 for his debut feature I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère), which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in at the age of 19. Mommy (2014), which he also wrote and directed, shared the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (with Jean-Luc Godard’s Adieu à langage).

A nuanced storyteller, Dolan has garnered many other awards, including the Ecumenical Jury Prize and the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for It’s Only the End of the World. The film also won Dolan the César Awards for Best Director and Best Editing.

In a departure from feature film, he directed the video for Adele’s Hello, which won the Juno Award for Video of the Year. His first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, premiered at TIFF in September 2018. The film stars an ensemble cast, including Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates.

His eighth feature film, Matthias and Maxime, premiered in the official competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. He is currently working on his first TV drama, The Night Logan Woke Up.

In this keynote interview, we hear from Dolan about how he has navigated his career to date, his move from film into TV, how he balances his various roles, his influences and inspirations, and what’s in store with his new series and longer-term ambitions.

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Xavier Dolan

Moderator Michael Pickard