Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel are starring in Xavier Dolan’s drama “It’s Only the End of the World” (“Juste La Fin Du Monde”) with production starting at the end of May.
Sales of the French-language film will launch at the Cannes Film Festival with Entertainment One’s boutique sales outfit Seville International excluding France where the film is being handled by MK2 and distributed by Diaphana/MK2.
Producers are Sons of Manual’s Nancy Grant and Dolan, and MK2’s Nathanaël Karmitz along with Sylvain Corbeil. Through support from Telefilm Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World” is a Canada-France co-production. Entertainment One and Les Films Séville will directly distribute the film in Canada and Québec.
“It’s Only the End of the World” is based on a play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce, in which 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, all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen and love.
“I’m absolutely thrilled about ‘It’s Only the End of the World,’ especially for the work with the actors,” Dolan said. “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.”
Dolan said that he will shoot the film before starting on his “The Life and Death of John F. Donovan” project. His family drama “Mommy” was released last year.
Cotillard received an Oscar nomination this year for her work in “Two Days, One Night.” Seydoux will be seen next in the James Bond film “Spectre.” Cassel stars in “Child 44.”