Another Xavier Dolan Film 'Only The End Of The World' Filming Soon
We have another! Just a few weeks before the 2015 Cannes Film Festival starts, where Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan will be sitting on the Jury, Seville Pictures has announced a few details about another new Dolan film. Dolan will be directing Only The End Of The World, or officially Just La Fin Du Monde, with production starting in May. He's got quite the cast, too: Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye, and Gaspard Ulliel. Now that is an impressive set of actors, a step up from his past few films but hopefully it'll turn out just as good (don't forget Dolan's Mommy was my #1 film of 2014).
Dolan has been talking about his next few films ever since finishing up work on Mommy last year. I spoke with Xavier at the Telluride Film Festival, and he mentioned possibly shooting parts of his next film (John F. Donovan) in Cannes. This new film Only The End Of The World, however, is something entirely different (via The Playlist). It's inspired by a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce, telling the story of a writer who returns home after a twelve year absence to announce her death. Apparently Dolan explains the project as the "bridge between his past work and his much bigger scaled film with Chastain." Because right after this, he'll move right into directing The Death and Life of John F. Donovan with Jessica Chastain once again. Very busy guy.
Details are rather sparse, but it sounds like production on Only The End Of The World will begin soon. He'll supposedly shoot this one first, before filming The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (about an American movie star who finds his correspondence with an 11-year-old actor exposed, prompting assumptions that begin to destroy his life and career) later this year. As a big Xavier Dolan fan myself, I'm looking forward to seeing him direct two new films back-to-back. For now I'm just going to step back and let him do his work, starting with jury duty at Cannes. Stay tuned for more updates - and catch my interview with Dolan again.