The return of Adele has been eagerly anticipated, and her new single “Hello” surely doesn’t disappoint. The video for the song has also already made history as the first music video to be partially shot with IMAX cameras. It’s utterly gorgeous.
The video is long at six minutes, but it’s an excellent comeback for the 27-year-old artist, who hasn’t released a video since 2011.
The video is directed by 26-year-old Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan, who gained fame and accolades for his film Mommy, which earned him the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. He met Adele last summer, and was one of the first people to hear her new single. He said:
“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 haunting video is shot largely from Adele’s perspective, and shows the singer recuperating after a failed relationship, calling her ex, and not being able to get in touch with him to tell him her lingering feelings. Flashbacks of her former lover are intertwined with the present narrative of Adele opening what looks like a country house that’s been in disuse for a long time.
“Hello” is the first single of Adele’s new album 25, out on November 20.