Xavier Dolan: ‘I love what I do with all my heart’

The French-Canadian film-maker has packed more into his 28 years than most directors do in a lifetime. He tells The Art of Directing why he’s driven to tell stories.

Xavier Dolan was just 19 years old when he made his first feature film, going on to write and direct four more by the time he was 25.

“I was 19 or 20; you don’t know who you are when you’re 20,” Dolan says. “Some people find that out by having a lot of different clothing styles and other people do it through making films.”

The Death and Life of John F Donovan is the now-28-year-old French-Canadian director’s first film in the English language. It has attracted a number of A-listers, including Jessica Chastain, Thandie Newton, Kit Harington and Natalie Portman.

“The most important and prominent part of me wants to understand other people and tell stories – their stories through my own voice, through my own understanding of what life is,” Dolan says. Watch the video above to find out more.

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