Known for the art-house films like Mommy (2014) and I Killed My Mother (2009), Xavier Dolan is a Canadian film director, writer, and actor. His films have received international fame and appreciation throughout the globe. His film Mommy won him the Jury Award at 2014 Cannes Film Festival. He is also the winner of the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. He received this award for his film It’s Only The End of the World.
Xavier Dolan’s Early Life
Dolan was born on the 20th of March, 1989, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His father is a Quebecois teacher. His name is Geneviève Dolan and his mother’s name is Manuel Tadros. She is a Canadian actor and singer.
Dolan was influenced by his mother in his childhood who was an actress and singer. He was eight years old when James Cameron’s movie Titanic was released. Later he said that Titanic was his early influence on being a filmmaker. He started early as a child actor at the age of 5 in a TV movie called Miséricorde that aired in 1995.
Although Dolan started as a child actor in few TV series and movies, it was his first film as a writer, director I Killed My Mother which released in 2009 that garnered him real fame and appreciation. He wrote, directed, produced and acted in the film. The film received an eight-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival under the segment Director’s Fortnight program. It succeeded in winning the Art Cinema Award and the Prix Regards Jeunes in the festival. It also received the SACD Prize for the screenplay.
The film beat another great filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s film Polytechnique at Jutra Awards which has been renamed as the Canadian Screen Award for the Best First Feature. This created a little dissatisfaction among the film people. It was also awarded the Lumière Award the same year. Though it was not nominated by the jury of the 2010 Academy Awards under the best foreign film category, it was listed as one of the Top Ten feature films of the year from Canada by the Toronto International Film Festival.
Xavier Dolan’s Career
Dolan has directed nine films, written, edited and produced eight of them to date. Hence, he is considered the complete filmmaker because of his knowledge and understanding of every aspect of the filmmaking process.
Career as a Director
Dolan has made only few films. However, the success he has garnered is very rare even for the people who have a larger number of films under their names. After the overwhelming success of his first feature film, he made his next film under private production. The film was titled Heartbeat and was released the in 2010. It also received a standing ovation during its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. It traveled to many other international film festivals winning several awards. The film was awarded the top prize at the Sydney Film Festival. It earned several nominations at the Genie Awards.
Two years after that, his third film, Laurence Anyways released. It got Suzanne Clément the award for Best Actress. The critics once again loved his films. But like his previous film, it failed to do good business at the Box Office. After that, he released his fourth film in 2013. The film, Tom at the Farm, premiered at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in the main competition. It was awarded the FIPRESCI award. Dolan’s fifth film Mommy that released in 2014 got him the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. His sixth and the latest feature It’s Only The End of the World got him the Grand Prix award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Career as a Writer
Dolan is more of an auteur filmmaker. He prefers writing his own films. He has written all of his films except for a short video film called Adele: Hello which came out in 2015. Dolan has eight projects under his name as a writer.
Career as a Producer
Dolan started working as a producer on his first feature. He does not want to lose creative control over his films. So, he produces and sometimes even finances his films. Dolan has produced all of his films except for a 2013 short film called Indochine: College Boy.
Career as an Editor
In addition to writing, producing, and directing, Dolan likes to edit his films by himself. Only his first film was edited by somebody else. After that, Dolan has worked as an editor on his every film. According to Dolan, he has the cuts in his mind and prefers arranging the shots by himself rather than letting somebody else do it.
Xavier Dolan’s Personal Life
Dolan is a homosexual and speaks openly about his sexuality. He said that his debut film I Killed My Mother is semi-autobiographical. He currently lives in Canada and speaks French. In fact, most of his movies are in French.
Although Dolan said his films are not that influenced by the work of other directors, he accepts that Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia had a big influence on him. However, he also made clear that he does not consciously try to copy any filmmaker. Michael Haneke is one of his favorite directors and he loves Haneke’s Funny Games and The Piano Teacher.
Dolan has a huge following on his social media. He has more than 424 thousand followers on his Instagram account and about 196 thousand followers on his twitter account.
Xavier Dolan Net Worth
Dolan has only been for 8 years in the film industry. However, he has earned some amount for himself. His estimated net worth to date is $4, million.