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Date Of BirthMarch 20, 1989
FactXavier's mother is Canadian, and is of three quarters French-Canadian and one quarter Irish descent (the surname "Dolan" is Irish). Xavier's father is Egyptian, from Cairo.


Xavier Dolan is a Canadian actor, director, screenwriter, and editor. He began his career as a child actor in films such as J’ai tué ma mère (2009) and Les Amours imaginaires (2010), before writing and directing his first film, I Killed My Mother (2009). He has since directed five more films, including Tom at the Farm (2013), Mommy (2014), and It’s Only the End of the World (2016). His most recent film, Matthias & Maxime (2019), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Dolan was born on March 20, 1989, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His mother, Geneviève Dolan, is a French-Canadian actress, and his father, Manuel Tadros, is an Egyptian-born Canadian actor and director of Lebanese descent. Dolan has an older sister, Anne-France, who is also an actress. Dolan’s parents divorced when he was four years old, and he was raised primarily by his mother.

Dolan attended primary and secondary school in Montreal. He briefly studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, but did not complete his studies.

Dolan’s acting career began when he was ten years old, when he appeared in a Quebec television series called Les Bougon: C’est aussi ça la vie. He subsequently appeared in several films and television series, including the films J’ai tué ma mère (2009) and Les Amours imaginaires (2010).

In 2009, Dolan wrote and directed his first film, I Killed My Mother. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Prix de la Jeunesse.

Dolan’s second film, Heartbeats (2010), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. His third film, Laurence Anyways (2012), premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

Dolan’s fourth film, Tom at the Farm (2013), premiered at the Venice Film Festival. His fifth film, Mommy (2014), won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Dolan’s sixth film, It’s Only the End of the World (2016), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. His seventh film, Matthias & Maxime (2019), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Dolan has won numerous awards for his work as a director, including the Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival for I Killed My Mother (2009), the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Mommy (2014), and the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival for It’s Only the End of the World (2016).

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Dolan has been in a relationship with French actor Pierre-Yves Cardinal since 2013. They have two children together.

Dolan is 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 meters) tall and has brown hair and blue eyes.

General Info

Full NameXavier Dolan
Date Of BirthMarch 20, 1989
Height1.69 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Voice Actor, Film director, Costume designer, Film Editor
NationalityCanadian

Family

ParentsManuel Tadros, Geneviève Dolan

Accomplishments

AwardsCannes Jury Prize, Cannes Grand Prix, César Award for Best Foreign Film, Canadian Screen Award for Best Motion Picture, Canadian Screen Award for Best Achievement in Direction, Canadian Screen Award for Best Achievement in Editing, Juno Award for Video of the Year, Bodil Award for Best Non-American...
NominationsGolden Lion, Grand Jury Prize, Canadian Screen Award for Adapted Screenplay, Best Screenplay Award, Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film, Silver Lion for Best Director, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film, Special Jury Prize, Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction, Genie ...
MoviesMommy, It's Only the End of the World, I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways, Tom at the Farm, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, Elephant Song, Martyrs, Miraculum, The Hidden Fortress, Good Neighbors, Suzie, Lipsett Diaries
TV ShowsOmerta

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Quotes

#Quote
1[on the bad reviews It's Only the End of the World (2016) received at Cannes] You're always ready for people not liking your work. But I feel that there's a rather baffling misunderstanding. (...) If the guy who gives Creed (2015) five stars and "Fast and the Furious" four stars and-a-half is saying that Marion Cotillard is a bore in my movie, then it really is the end of the world. And you wonder what the fuck he's doing here. [2016]
2[on Marion Cotillard] I have like a mega, mega crush on her. And I think we have a special connection too.
3I've been recording forever. I'm a watcher. I'm a stalker. I love everything about people. It's always been a passion for me to observe.
4I was a very violent kid. I think movies and writing and art have been a way of channeling this.
5Even the characters that seem so far away intellectually or socially, for me, when they speak, it will always be my words.
6For me, hipsterism is for one to appropriate the codes of a social class or another milieu that wasn't theirs originally, in order to define their personality through something different and unique. Which is why a lot of hipsters live downtown and they're dressed as farmers. Then you have the Oscar Wilde hipster: the dandy. But pushed to the extreme. The edge. People are costumed. Its a disguise or something. For me, thats a sign of a loss of people believing in themselves, and of self-confidence.
7[on directing oneself in a film] I don't want to be brash, but you just do it. It's not complicated. I love it. I sit down on the chair to do the scene, and then I get up, ask for the playback. And if it's bad it's bad. If it's good it's good. I won't hesitate a second if it's bad.

Facts

#Fact
1Xavier's mother is Canadian, and is of three quarters French-Canadian and one quarter Irish descent (the surname "Dolan" is Irish). Xavier's father is Egyptian, from Cairo.
2Son of Manuel Tadros

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Elephant Song2014Michael Aleen
Miraculum2014Étienne
Tom à la ferme2013Tom
Laurence Anyways2012Man at the party (uncredited)
Boys on Film 7: Bad Romance2011Julien (segment "Mirrors")
Les journaux de Lipsett2010ShortNarrator (voice)
Good Neighbors2010Jean-Marc
Heartbeats2010Francis
I Killed My Mother2009Hubert Minel
Suzie2009Punk
Martyrs2008Antoine (as Xavier Dolan-Tadros)
Mirrors2007ShortJulien
L'or2001TV SeriesJérémie Sullivan (2001)
The Hidden Fortress2001Michael (as Xavier Dolan-Tadros)
Le marchand de sable1999Short as Xavier Dolan-Tadros
J'en suis!1997Edouard (as Xavier Dolan-Tadros)
Omerta, la loi du silence1996TV SeriesNicholas Favara
Miséricorde1994TV MovieFils Alexandre

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan2018written by post-production
It's Only the End of the World2016screenplay by
Mommy2014/Iscreenplay
Tom à la ferme2013dialogue / screenplay
Indochine: College Boy2013Video short video clip
Laurence Anyways2012written by
Heartbeats2010scenario & dialogue
I Killed My Mother2009dialogue / screenplay

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mommy2014/I
Tom à la ferme2013
Indochine: College Boy2013Video short
Laurence Anyways2012
Heartbeats2010
I Killed My Mother2009
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan2018post-production
It's Only the End of the World2016
Adele: Hello2015Video short

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan2018producer post-production
It's Only the End of the World2016producer
Adele: Hello2015Video short producer
Mommy2014/Iproducer
Tom à la ferme2013executive producer / producer
Laurence Anyways2012executive producer
Heartbeats2010producer
I Killed My Mother2009producer

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan2018post-production
It's Only the End of the World2016
Adele: Hello2015Video short
Mommy2014/I
Tom à la ferme2013
Quelqu'un d'extraordinaire2013Short
Laurence Anyways2012montage
Heartbeats2010

Costume Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mommy2014/I
Tom à la ferme2013
Laurence Anyways2012
Heartbeats2010
I Killed My Mother2009

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It's Only the End of the World2016english subtitles
Mommy2014/Ienglish subtitles / french subtitles
Tom à la ferme2013english subtitles by

Costume Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It's Only the End of the World2016costume supervisor
Heartbeats2010costume concepts

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tom à la ferme2013dubbing director
Laurence Anyways2012dubbing director

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heartbeats2010visual concept

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tom à la ferme2013performer: "Pleurs dans la pluie"

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gerontophilia2013special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quotidien2016TV SeriesHimself
Xavier Dolan: à l'impossible je suis tenu2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
C à vous2016TV SeriesHimself
On n'est pas couché2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 32014TV SeriesHimself
Rencontres de cinéma2014TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2010-2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Hour2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
The Seventh Art2013TV SeriesHimself
Tout le monde en parle2012TV SeriesHimself
TV Festival Du Cannes 20102010TV MovieHimself
La 10e soirée des Jutra2010TV MovieHimself
TV Festival Du Cannes 20092009TV MovieHimself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2016Grand Prize of the JuryCannes Film FestivalJuste la fin du monde (2016)
2016Prize of the Ecumenical JuryCannes Film FestivalJuste la fin du monde (2016)
2016Art Cinema AwardHamburg Film FestivalBest FeatureJuste la fin du monde (2016)
2016RobertRobert FestivalBest Non-American Film (Årets ikke-amerikanske film)Mommy (2014)
2015Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CABest Motion PictureMommy (2014)
2015Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAAchievement in DirectionMommy (2014)
2015Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAAchievement in EditingMommy (2014)
2015Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAOriginal ScreenplayMommy (2014)
2015Cinema Bloggers AwardCinema Bloggers Awards, PortugalBest North American FilmMommy (2014)
2015CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Director - International CompetitionMommy (2014)
2015CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Mommy (2014)
2015Lost Weekend's Most Talked About MovieFilm Club's The Lost WeekendMommy (2014)
2015Lost Weekend AwardFilm Club's The Lost WeekendBest DirectorMommy (2014)
2015IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Picture (Miglior film)Mommy (2014)
2015IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Original Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura originale)Mommy (2014)
2015JutraJutra AwardsBest Film (Meilleur film)Mommy (2014)
2015JutraJutra AwardsBest Screenplay (Meilleur Scénario)Mommy (2014)
2015JutraJutra AwardsBest Editing (Meilleur Montage Image)Mommy (2014)
2015Special JutraJutra AwardsFilm s'étant le plus illustré à l'extérieur du QuébecMommy (2014)
2015VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Screenplay for a Canadian FilmMommy (2014)
2014Jury PrizeCannes Film FestivalMommy (2014)
2014PREMIO MAGUEYGuadalajara International Film FestivalBest Feature FilmTom (2013)
2014ICS Cannes AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsPalme d'OrMommy (2014)
2014People's Choice AwardIstanbul International Film FestivalInternational CompetitionTom (2013)
2014International Federation of Film Critics AwardJameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film FestivalMommy (2014)
2014Audience AwardStockholm Film FestivalMommy (2014)
2014Best North American Independent FilmTallinn Black Nights Film FestivalMommy (2014)
2013Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAAchievement in Costume DesignLaurence Anyways (2012)
2013Lumiere AwardLumiere Awards, FranceBest French-Language Film (Meilleur film francophone)Laurence Anyways (2012)
2013Jury PrizeSarasota Film FestivalNarrative Feature Film CompetitionLaurence Anyways (2012)
2013FIPRESCI PrizeVenice Film FestivalCompetitionTom (2013)
2012Golden SwannCabourg Romantic Film FestivalGrand PrixLaurence Anyways (2012)
2012Award of the YouthCabourg Romantic Film FestivalLaurence Anyways (2012)
2012Queer PalmCannes Film FestivalLaurence Anyways (2012)
2012Art Cinema AwardHamburg Film FestivalLaurence Anyways (2012)
2012Best Canadian Feature FilmToronto International Film FestivalLaurence Anyways (2012)
2011MovieZone AwardRotterdam International Film FestivalLes amours imaginaires (2010)
2010Regards Jeunes PrizeCannes Film FestivalLes amours imaginaires (2010)
2010Best FilmCzech Gay and Lesbian Film FestivalHonorable Mention PrizeJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2010Claude Jutra AwardGenie AwardsJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2010People's Choice AwardIstanbul International Film FestivalInternational CompetitionJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2010JutraJutra AwardsBest Film (Meilleur Film)J'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2010JutraJutra AwardsBest Screenplay (Meilleur Scénario)J'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2010Lumiere AwardLumiere Awards, FranceBest French Language Film (Meilleur film francophone)J'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2010World Audience AwardLumiere Awards, FranceJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2010MovieZone AwardRotterdam International Film FestivalJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2010Sydney Film PrizeSydney Film FestivalBest FilmLes amours imaginaires (2010)
2010Jay Scott PrizeToronto Film Critics Association AwardsJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2010VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Actor in a Canadian FilmJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2010VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Director in a Canadian FilmJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009Special MentionBangkok International Film FestivalJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009C.I.C.A.E. AwardCannes Film FestivalJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009SACD Prize (Directors' Fortnight)Cannes Film FestivalJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009Regards Jeunes PrizeCannes Film FestivalJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009Audience AwardCinéfest SudburyJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009Best Canadian First FeatureCinéfest SudburyJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009Best First ScreenplayNamur International Festival of French-Speaking FilmJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009Golden BayardNamur International Festival of French-Speaking FilmJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009Golden PuffinReykjavik International Film FestivalBest FilmJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009Best Canadian Feature FilmVancouver International Film FestivalJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2016Silver CondorArgentinean Film Critics Association AwardsBest Foreign Film, Not in the Spanish Language (Mejor Película Extranjera)Mommy (2014)
2016Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalJuste la fin du monde (2016)
2016International Ecumenical AwardJameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film FestivalJuste la fin du monde (2016)
2016Sydney Film PrizeSydney Film FestivalBest FilmJuste la fin du monde (2016)
2015Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAAchievement in Costume DesignMommy (2014)
2015CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Actor - International CompetitionTom (2013)
2015CCOPCríticos de Cinema Online Portugueses AwardsBest Film (Melhor Filme)Mommy (2014)
2015CCOPCríticos de Cinema Online Portugueses AwardsBest Original Screenplay (Melhor Argumento Original)Mommy (2014)
2015CCOPCríticos de Cinema Online Portugueses AwardsBest Film Not in the Portuguese/English Language (Melhor Filme em Língua Não-Portuguesa/Inglesa)Mommy (2014)
2015DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)Mommy (2014)
2015Wilde Artist of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2015Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsForeign Language FilmMommy (2014)
2015Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest International FilmMommy (2014)
2015ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayMommy (2014)
2015INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best DirectorMommy (2014)
2015INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Original ScreenplayMommy (2014)
2015IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Director (Miglior regia)Mommy (2014)
2015IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Editing (Miglior montaggio)Mommy (2014)
2015JutraJutra AwardsBest Film (Meilleur film)Tom (2013)
2015JutraJutra AwardsBest Direction (Meilleure Réalisation)Mommy (2014)
2015JutraJutra AwardsBest Direction (Meilleure Réalisation)Tom (2013)
2015JutraJutra AwardsBest Screenplay (Meilleur Scénario)Mommy (2014)
2015JutraJutra AwardsBest Screenplay (Meilleur Scénario)Tom (2013)
2015Lumiere AwardLumiere Awards, FranceBest French-Language Foreign Film (Meilleur film francophone hors de France)Mommy (2014)
2015Best Canadian Feature AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsMommy (2014)
2015VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Director of a Canadian FilmMommy (2014)
2014Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CABest Motion PictureTom (2013)
2014Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAAchievement in DirectionTom (2013)
2014Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAAdapted ScreenplayTom (2013)
2014Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalMommy (2014)
2014Queer PalmCannes Film FestivalMommy (2014)
2014Wilde Artist of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2014Art Cinema AwardHamburg Film FestivalMommy (2014)
2014ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest DirectorLaurence Anyways (2012)
2014ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayLaurence Anyways (2012)
2014JutraJutra AwardsBest International Motion Picture (Film s'étant le plus illustré à l'extérieur du Québec)Tom (2013)
2014People's Choice AwardMelbourne International Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureMommy (2014)
2014Just Film AwardTallinn Black Nights Film FestivalBest Youth FilmMommy (2014)
2014Best Canadian Feature FilmVancouver International Film FestivalMommy (2014)
2013Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAAchievement in DirectionLaurence Anyways (2012)
2013Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAOriginal ScreenplayLaurence Anyways (2012)
2013CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Film - International CompetitionLaurence Anyways (2012)
2013CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Director - International CompetitionLaurence Anyways (2012)
2013Politiken's Audience AwardCPH PIXLaurence Anyways (2012)
2013CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Laurence Anyways (2012)
2013GuldbaggeGuldbagge AwardsBest Foreign Film (Bästa utländska film)Laurence Anyways (2012)
2013Competição InternacionalIndieLisboa International Independent Film FestivalBest FilmTom (2013)
2013Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best DirectorLaurence Anyways (2012)
2013Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Original ScreenplayLaurence Anyways (2012)
2013Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Film EditingLaurence Anyways (2012)
2013Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Costume DesignLaurence Anyways (2012)
2013JutraJutra AwardsBest Direction (Meilleure Réalisation)Laurence Anyways (2012)
2013JutraJutra AwardsBest Screenplay (Meilleur Scénario)Laurence Anyways (2012)
2013JutraJutra AwardsBest International Motion Picture (Film s'étant le plus illustré à l'extérieur du Québec)Laurence Anyways (2012)
2013Best FilmLondon Film FestivalTom (2013)
2013Best FilmMilan International Lesbian and Gay Film FestivalGrand Jury AwardLaurence Anyways (2012)
2013Sunny Rabbit PrizeMolodist International Film FestivalFeature FilmTom (2013)
2013Louve d'OrMontréal Festival of New CinemaTom (2013)
2013Best North American Independent FilmTallinn Black Nights Film FestivalTom (2013)
2013Golden LionVenice Film FestivalTom (2013)
2012Un Certain Regard AwardCannes Film FestivalLaurence Anyways (2012)
2012Best North American Independent FilmTallinn Black Nights Film FestivalLaurence Anyways (2012)
2011Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2011Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2011Politiken's Audience AwardCPH PIXLes amours imaginaires (2010)
2011CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Les amours imaginaires (2010)
2011GenieGenie AwardsBest Motion PictureLes amours imaginaires (2010)
2011GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionLes amours imaginaires (2010)
2011Emerging CinemaIndieLisboa International Independent Film FestivalLes amours imaginaires (2010)
2011JutraJutra AwardsBest Film (Meilleur Film)Les amours imaginaires (2010)
2011JutraJutra AwardsBest Direction (Meilleure Réalisation)Les amours imaginaires (2010)
2011JutraJutra AwardsBest Editing (Meilleur Montage Image)Les amours imaginaires (2010)
2010Audience AwardAFI FestNew AuteursLes amours imaginaires (2010)
2010Un Certain Regard AwardCannes Film FestivalLes amours imaginaires (2010)
2010Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalNew Directors CompetitionLes amours imaginaires (2010)
2010CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)J'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2010Golden Starfish AwardHamptons International Film FestivalNarrative FeatureLes amours imaginaires (2010)
2010JutraJutra AwardsBest Direction (Meilleure Réalisation)J'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2010JutraJutra AwardsBest Actor (Meilleur Acteur)J'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009Golden Kinnaree AwardBangkok International Film FestivalJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009Golden CameraCannes Film FestivalJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)
2009Bronze HorseStockholm Film FestivalJ'ai tué ma mère (2009)

2nd Place Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2015ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest DirectorMommy (2014)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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