Xavier Dolan is only 27 years old, but the French-Canadian actor/writer/director is making a name for himself in Hollywood.
Dolan has written and directed six feature films, he was also the director of Adele’s smash hit music video “Hello” and he is even the voice of Ron Weasley in the French dubbed versions of the Harry Potter films.
Dolan’s latest film is It’s Only the End of the World starring Marion Cotillard and Vincent Cassel. the film is based on the play Just la fin due Monde by Jean-Luc Lagrace who died at 38 years old from an AIDS-related illness.
The story follows the character Louis, played by Gaspard Ulliel, a terminally ill writer who returns home after being away for 12 years to tell his family of his impending death.
The film has gained critical acclaim winning the Grand Prix and Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and is Canada’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Academy Awards.
Dolan spoke with the podcast The Cinema Show where he talked openly about being a young gay filmmaker, his relationship with his mother and tackles the criticism he received for certain aspects of the film.