In 2009, at merely twenty years old, French Canadian director Xavier Dolan made a big splash at Cannes with his semi-autobiographical debut feature I Killed My Mother, funded with earnings from his child acting career. Since then, he’s continued to rack up laurels and trophies for his gorgeous and expressive tales of love, family, and identity, while still finding time to direct the now-iconic “Hello” music video for singer Adele. This year marks the release of his seventh feature (and English-language debut) The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which boasts an all-star cast including Natalie Portman, Kathy Bates, and Jessica Chastain. Unsurprisingly, a whole lot of Dolan’s inspiration comes from foreign cinema, but this young upstart is nothing if not a wild card — and he doesn’t care what you think of his taste! His favorite film of the century (so far) may just surprise you...

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