Last night in Cannes, Montrealer Xavier Dolan surprised many by winning three of four prizes in the DIrector’s Fortnight for his film “I Killed My Mother.” Dolan stars in, wrote and directed the semi-autobiographical film which is about a 16-year-old boy just discovering his homosexuality and fighting with his mother, who constantly annoys him (“C.R.A.Z.Y.” 2009?). It apparently got a massive standing ovation (10 minutes, by the estimate of the friend I know who was there), and I suspect this is the beginning of a healthy life for the film on the festival circuit… I’d be shocked if it isn’t in the Toronto lineup (and personally disappointed… I’m kind of dying to see it at this point).
He has a really interesting bio… He was born in March, 1989, making him barely 20 years old. He’s the son of Quebec actor Manuel Tadros, and has been acting since he was 12 (this seems like a bit of a trend in Canada… think Sarah Polley and Jacob Tierney, both child actors that went on to direct acclaimed works in their 20s). He was the star of Jean Coutu commercials (a big Quebec drugstore… I’m actually in Montreal right now and many folks I know you grew up here remember the commercials vividly), recently starred in “Martyrs,” and does the Quebecois dubbing for the characters of Ron Weasley in Harry Potter, Justin in High School Musical 3, and Jacob Black in Twilight, among others.
And, well, not to take the superficial route.. but he’s also gay and really cute: