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Xavier Dolan

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Xavier Dolan (born 20 March 1989, Montreal, Quebec), sometimes credited as Xavier Dolan-Tadros, is a Québécois actor and filmmaker, the son of Geneviève Dolan, a teacher, and Manuel Tadros, a Québécois actor and singer of Egyptian descent. Formerly a child actor in films such as J’en suis!, Le Marchand de sable and La Forteresse suspendue and television series such as Omertà, la loi du silence, Dolan attracted international attention when his first film as a director and screenwriter, J’ai tué ma mère, won three awards from the Director’s Fortnight program at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

J’ai tué ma mère has been sold to more than 20 countries.

After J’ai tué ma mère he directed his second feature film Les Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats), which was financed privately. It follows the infatuation of two friends with the same mysterious young man. Inevitably, their friendship suffers. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard category at the 63e Festival de Cannes in May 2010, to a standing ovation, and won the top prize of the Official Competition at the Sydney Film Festival in June.

As of September 2009, the Québec-specific French-language dubbed version of the animated series South Park features Dolan as the voice of Stan. His voice work also included narrating the NFB’s 2010 animated documentary Lipsett Diaries.

Dolan is gay, and has described J’ai tué ma mère as being semi-autobiographical.

His third film Laurence Anyways was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

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