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Cannes: Xavier Dolan’s ‘It’s Only the End of the World’ Sold to U.K., Italy, Japan

CANNES — Seville International has sold “It’s Only the End of the World,” directed by Cannes Film Festival favorite Xavier Dolan, to the U.K.’s Curzon Artificial Eye, Italy‎’s Lucky Red and Japan’s Pictures Dept.

Seville, eOne’s boutique sales outfit, is selling the film at Cannes, which starts tomorrow. Negotiations are under way in a number of other key territories. Diaphana/MK2 holds French rights, and eOne and Les Films Seville will distribute the film in Canada.

The movie, which stars Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel, 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. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fuelled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts at empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen and love.

Sons of Manual’s Dolan and Nancy Grant, and MK2’s Nathanael Karmitz will serve as producers, along with Sylvain Corbeil. Production is expected to begin at the end of May.

“The level of interest from the get-go has been outstanding and speaks to Xavier’s unique position in the film landscape and the international appeal of his work,” said Anick Poirier, Seville’s VP of international sales.

Several of Dolan’s films have played at Cannes: “Mommy” won the fest’s jury prize last year; “Laurence Anyways” screened in Un Certain Regard in 2012; “Heartbeats” was in the same section in 2010; and “I Killed My Mother” ran in Directors’ Fortnight in 2009.

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