Gay, Quebecois director Xavier Dolan is known for creating films with strong female characters and queer topics, and he says "in my childhood, I was surrounded by women, and they are the figures who I have seen fighting for who they were and are. So, naturally I do write a lot for women and mothers." He goes on to explain:
"It was a privilege to direct the music video for Adele's beautiful, heartbreaking song 'Hello'. When I first heard it, all the images appeared clearly in my head — and her trust and generosity allowed me to work with abandon artistically and emotionally, like she always does. It made me extremely proud."
The video, which features Tristan Wilds (The Wire) playing Adele's lover, is partially shot with IMAX cameras—capturing images at 18K resolution. In it, Adele is "in the present reflecting on a relationship, and the viewer seeing those remembered scenes from her perspective. As if in a century-old photograph, Adele is seen in the romantic haze of reflection, contrasted with the dynamic, quivering energy of life with him as it was actually lived."
In a statement, Adele said:
"It was incredible working with Xavier. I learned a lot and it made me want to be an actress. He had me crying and acting... and I'm really, really proud of it. It's not like a groundbreaking video in terms of effects and dance moves, but it's my best video and I'm so proud of it."
Check out Adele and Xavier Dolan behind the scenes while making the short below: