As if the return of Adele wasn’t a big enough deal on its own, the 27-year-old singer went ahead and made history with her first music video since 2011: the six-minute video for “Hello” is the first of its kind to be partially shot using IMAX cameras.
Directed by Canadian filmmaking wunderkind Xavier Dolan, the “Hello” video came together last month in the Montreal countryside, and features Adele picking over the pieces of a failed relationship. Tristan Wilds plays her ex in flashbacks, with nearly all of his scenes filmed from the perspective of Adele; we see The Wire star making food, being silly, and later arguing, all directly to the camera.
Dolan, 26, rose to fame after Mommy won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. He met Adele this past summer, according to a release, and was one of the first people to hear “Hello.”
“It was a privilege to direct the music video for Adele’s beautiful, heartbreaking song ‘Hello,’” Dolan said in a statement. “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 French-Canadian director will make his English-language feature film debut with The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, a drama about Hollywood, gossip, and fame, starring Jessica Chastain and Kit Harington.
“I don’t have a sophisticated film knowledge, but I have seen the legacy of classic movies in broader entertainment,” Dolan told EW earlier this year. “When I saw Bryan Singer’s Usual Suspects, I knew how it was going to end because I’d seen Scary Movie. Which is not the preferred order of things, but that’s how it is, because my childhood was Home Alone, Matilda, Batman Returns, Jumanji, Secret Garden, Jack, Mrs. Doubtfire, Titanic. Only family films from the ’90s.”
Watch the video for “Hello” above.