Director: Xavier Dolan
Featuring: Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas, Xavier Dolan, Pier-Luc Funk
Language: French subtitled in English
Runtime: 119 minutes
With his eighth feature since 2009 (pretty good for a guy who turns the ripe old age of 31 this month), Xavier Dolan makes a welcome return to the more intimate scale and Montreal setting of the movies that brought him international renown. It’s also great to have him back on screen in one of his new film’s two title roles. Besides writing and directing, Dolan delivers one of his most nuanced performances in this sensitively wrought drama about two male friends who struggle to cope with a sudden and surprising change in their relationship. A critical favourite at the Cannes festival and one of Canada’s Top Ten features for 2019, MATTHIAS & MAXIME is vivid proof of Dolan’s growing maturity and mastery.
Xavier Dolan is a Canadian actor, director, screenwriter, editor, costume designer, and voice actor. He began his career as a child actor in commercials before directing several arthouse feature films. He first received international acclaim in 2009 for his feature film directorial debut, I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Director’s Fortnight section.
Since 2009, he has written and directed eight feature films, all of which have premiered at Cannes, with the exception of Tom at the Farm—which premiered at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in 2013—and his first English-language film, The Death & Life of John F. Donovan, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. He directed the music video for Adele’s hit single “Hello” in 2015.
Dolan has won many awards for his work, including the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Mommy and the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for It’s Only the End of the World. He has also won several Canadian Screen Awards and César Awards.