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Cannes Juror Xavier Dolan Scores Key Deals Abroad for Marion Cotillard Drama, Whither US?

Cannes Juror Xavier Dolan Scores Key Deals Abroad for Marion Cotillard Drama, Whither US?

While his English-language debut “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” sits on the back burner until Fall 2015, Xavier Dolan’s next French-language film, “It’s Only the End of the World,” has been picked up ahead of production in several international territories.

THR reports that Seville International has sold the project to Curzon Artificial Eye in the UK, Italy’s Lucky Red and Japan’s Pictures Dept. Entertainment One handles worldwide rights to the film, which stars Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel and Nathalie Baye. eOne is reportedly in negotiations with other territories pre-Cannes.

In this adaptation of Jean-Luc Lagarce’s chamber play, a writer estranged from his family for 12 years returns home to announce his upcoming death, only to derail the course of the afternoon as resentment, bitterness, feuds, misunderstandings, loneliness and doubt float to the surface.

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No word yet on where the film will land stateside. Four of Dolan’s five films so far — Oscar snub “Mommy,” “Laurence Anyways,” “Tom at the Farm,” “Heartbeats” and “I Killed My Mother” — landed US distribution in years past, but not without snags. 2013 Venice premiere “Tom at the Farm” remains at large on the US distribution market, unlikely to get picked up at this point, and his debut “I Killed My Mother” (2009) didn’t hit theaters until 2013.

According to Dolan, his other upcoming project “John F. Donovan” — a Hollywood satire set to star Jessica Chastain, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon and Kit Harrington — won’t start shooting “before next fall, and I want to be on the ground again before we power the ‘Donovan’ machine.” Production on “It’s Only the End of the World” is set to begin at the end of May after the project is shopped at the Cannes market. Dolan won the Jury Prize last year for “Mommy” and this year sits on the Competition jury under the Coen Brothers.

Entertainment One boutique sales outfit Seville International and Quebec distribution arm Les Films Seville, alongside producers Sons of Manual and MK2, will present the film at Cannes. Sons of Manual’s Nancy Grant and Xavier Dolan and MK2’s Nathanaël Karmitz will serve as producers along with Sylvain Corbeil. eOne, which has handled much of Dolan’s output, and Les Films Séville have confirmed that they will directly distribute the film throughout Canada and Québec.

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