With filming on his English language debut “John F. Donovan” not slated to begin until the fall, Xavier Dolan just couldn’t help himself and has gone and found a project for in between.
“Juste la fin du Monde” (which translates to “It’s Only The End of the World”) will start shooting at the end of May, and teams Dolan with an incredible quintet of French actors: Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel. With sales of the film set to kick off in Cannes, Seville International will handle international sales of the film in all media around the world, excluding France where the film is being handled by MK2 and distributed by Diaphana/MK2.
“I’m absolutely thrilled about ‘It’s Only The End of the World,’ especially for the work with the actors. It is my utmost priority and most visceral passion to work with inspiring talent on set and not only direct them, but, as an actor-director, act with and through them, even from the other side of the mirror. To reunite them has been a jigsaw puzzle of the highest Byzantine complexity but I’d honestly kill to be in a room with those five extraordinary, creative individuals.”
“Anne Dorval had brought the beautiful play from Jean-Luc Lagarce to my attention many years ago, but the time didn’t seem right back then and it ended in the “long-term drawer”. The shooting for ‘John F. Donovan’ has gotten me really excited but it’s not going before next fall, and I want to be on the ground again before we power the Donovan machine. I thought ‘It’s Only The End of the World’ could very well bridge the genre chasm between ‘Mommy and ‘John F.’ It’s the second time I’m adapting a play and I have to admit that so far, for me, novels and plays have been the regal road to screenwriting. I love adaptations and they challenge me in a different way. It’s humbling to translate someone’s world, someone’s intimate creation to the screen. It’s a big responsibility. And it’s a risk. So that’s all very, very inspiring.”
The film is based on a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce of the same name. “After 12 years of absence, a writer goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family,” it’s described. “As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fuelled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen, and love.”
Sons of Manual’s Nancy Grant and Xavier Dolan and MK2’s Nathanaël Karmitz will serve as producers along with Sylvain Corbeil. Through support from Telefilm Canada, the film is a Canada-France coproduction. eOne and Les Films Séville have confirmed that they will directly distribute the film throughout Canada and Québec.
So it looks like 2016 could bring us a double dose of Dolan. Excited?