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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #18. Xavier Dolan’s Juste la fin du monde

Juste la fin du monde

Director: Xavier Dolan
Writer: Xavier Dolan

During the substantial critical praise following Mommy (which tied with Jean-Luc Godard for the Jury Prize at Cannes, 2014) his fifth film in a six year period, the twenty-five year French Canadian director Xavier Dolan announced plans for an English language, Los Angeles set film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. But following a flurry of casting news, Dolan announced he was delaying the title to shoot the French film, Juste la fin du monde (It’s Only the End of the World), an adaptation of Jean-Luc Lagarce’s play. Featuring an extravagantly notable cast, including Gaspard Ulliel, Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Nathalie Baye (who returns to work with Dolan after 2012’s Laurence Anyways), the film concerns a terminally ill writer who returns home after a long absence to announce his death.

Cast: Vincent Cassel, Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye

Production Co./Producers: Sylvain Corbeil, Xavier Dolan, Nancy Grant, Nathanaël Karmitz

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). (international).

Release Date: Dolan works quickly and efficiently (he also shot the music video for Adele’s “Hello” this year, explaining the singer’s scheduled appearance in his upcoming English language film), so we assume his eye is on Cannes. But depending on his post-production, he could also return to Venice (where 2013’s Tom at the Farm competed).

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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