At 26 years old, actor-writer-director Xavier Dolan has the career of an auteur twice his age. But despite international recognition — he has won Cannes’ Art Cinema Award and Jury Prize, among others — his name hasn’t really extended beyond enthusiastic cinephile circles. Fortunately, he’s about to get more worldwide exposure than ever before, thanks to music powerhouse Adele.
For her first single since the Oscar-winning “Skyfall” three years ago, Adele has joined forces with Dolan, who has proven himself quite masterful at blending music and montages in his five feature films. Entitled “Hello,” the song is a swelling ballad that Dolan punctuates with soft shifts in focus and haunting POV shots. The clip is the first music video to be shot using IMAX cameras, and the filmmaker incorporates sepia and black-and-white tones to enhance Adele’s mournful lyrics.
The song is the first from Adele’s upcoming album “25,” which will hit stores on November 20. Dolan’s Hitchcockian thriller “Tom at the Farm” opened in August, and he has two high profile projects waiting in the wings: “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” starring Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon, and the Marion Cotillard-headlining “It’s Only the End of the World.”
Watch “Hello” above.