Xavier Dolan (born 20 March 1989) is a Canadian actor and filmmaker. Formerly a child actor in films such as J'en suis!, Le Marchand de sable and La Forteresse suspendue, Dolan attracted international attention when his first film as a director and screenwriter, J'ai tué ma mère, won three awards from the Director's Fortnight program at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. After J'ai tué ma mère he directed his second feature film Les Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats), which was financed privately. Dolan is gay, and has described J'ai tué ma mère as being semi-autobiographical. His third film Laurence Anyways was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.