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Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel set to star.
Sales of the film to launch in Cannes.
Montréal/London – April 28, 2015 - Entertainment One’s boutique sales outfit Seville International and Quebec-based distribution arm Les Films Séville, alongside producers Sons of Manual and MK2, are pleased to announce the highly-anticipated JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE (English title: It’s Only the End of the World) from award-winning filmmaker Xavier Dolan. 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.
From writer/director Xavier Dolan, the film stars Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night, The Immigrant, La Vie en Rose), Léa Seydoux (upcoming Bond film Spectre, Saint Laurent, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Blue is the Warmest Color), Vincent Cassel (Child 44, Black Swan), Nathalie Baye (Laurence Anyways, Catch Me If You Can) and Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent, Hannibal Rising).
“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,” said Dolan.
“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.,” Dolan also said. “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.”
JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE 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 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, JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE is a Canada-France coproduction. eOne and Les Films Séville have confirmed that they will directly distribute the film throughout Canada and Québec.
“We couldn’t be more excited to join forces with the unstoppable Xavier and Nancy once again to share this incredibly compelling project with the world. As soon as we read the script, it was clear that we had Xavier’s next great work and we are looking forward to discussing the film with our partners in Cannes,” said Anick Poirier, Vice President of Sales, Seville International. “Xavier has an unmatched ability to capture the human condition and a unique directorial sensibility. As longtime fans, the Séville and eOne teams are delighted to be in business with Nancy and Xavier and we’re continually proud and honoured to handle our world-class talent Xavier’s films at home,” added Patrick Roy, President, eOne Films Canada & Les Films Séville.
“We are thrilled to be announcing the film ahead of the Cannes Film Festival and to be working with Seville International who did an amazing job selling Mommy worldwide. Xavier and his films have touched and inspired audiences all around the globe and we are eager to share with them what's next in Xavier's surprising body of work,” said Grant.
Production is set to begin at the end of May ahead of Dolan’s commitment to The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Film and Television divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
Seville International is the company’s Montreal-based international film distribution boutique specializing in strong independent films with crossover potential and arthouse films with award pedigree from Québec, Canada and around the world. Driven by a passion for each film, Seville International partners with the best filmmakers and works closely with them to deliver their great films to top distributors worldwide.