Xavier Dolan started his acting career at the age of four, appearing in hit TV series, commercials and movies. In 2009, he wrote, directed, produced and starred in his debut feature J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), selected for the Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight, where it took home the Art Cinema Award, the Prix Regard Jeune and the SACD Prize. The movie was Canada’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.
Xavier’s second feature film, Les Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats), premiered in the Un Certain Regard sidebar in Cannes in 2010, and won the top award at the Sydney Film Festival. His third feature film Laurence Anyways also screened at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, and won the Best Canadian Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. His fourth feature Tom at the Farm premiered at the Venice Film Festival as part of the Official Competition, where it won the FIPRESCI Award. In 2014, Dolan’s fifth feature film Mommy, premiered in the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Competition, and won the Jury Prize. In 2015, Dolan was chosen to serve on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival official competition. Later that year, he directed the music video for Adele’s hit single Hello, which won the Juno award for Video of the Year. In 2016, Dolan returned to Cannes with It’s Only the End of the World and won the Grand Prix.