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It’s Only the End of the World review – spittle-flecked drama

26 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

An adaptation of a play about a gay man’s return to the bosom of his family is not easy to watch – or listen to

The latest picture from the prolific Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan is certainly not the easiest watch. An adaptation of a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce that tells of the return of a sensitive, successful gay son to his tempestuous family home, this is stridently confrontational in its approach. Dolan favours so many extreme, spittle-flecked closeups of shouting family members that it leaves you gasping for breath and longing for a wide shot.

Gaspard Ulliel plays prodigal son Louis, Nathalie Baye is screechy and lurid as his mother and Marion Cotillard delivers sensitive work as the browbeaten sister-in-law he has never met. But it’s Vincent Cassel’s character who is the most problematic – older brother Antoine is furious but it’s a hollow, noisy anger that »

- Wendy Ide

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Cesar Awards 2017: Isabelle Huppert and Xavier Dolan Lead This Year’s Winners

24 February 2017 1:07 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Before Hollywood takes the spotlight this weekend, the film world turns its eyes to France for the annual Cesar Awards. Presented by the French Academy, this year’s nominees represent a distinct blend of international favorites, festival standouts and homegrown hits.

Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” led this year’s nominees, scoring 11 nominations for Verhoeven as Best Director, lead actress Isabelle Huppert, Best Adapted Screenplay and a trio of other acting awards.

Read More: ‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards

The evening’s winners at Paris’ Salle Pleyel featured a variety of upsets and sure things. Huppert, going into a busy weekend in the States, won her category. In a pair of surprises, Xavier Dolan and Gaspard Ulliel both won their respective categories for Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World.” Houda Benyamina’s debut feature “Divines” also won big, taking home prizes for Best First Film, »

- Steve Greene

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Movie Review – It’s Only the End of the World (2016)

23 February 2017 4:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s Only the End of the World, 2016.

Directed by Xavier Dolan.

Starring Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux.

Synopsis:

After 12 years away from his family, a terminally ill writer returns home to break the news.  But, as he struggles to re-connect with them, old wounds and frustrations rise to the surface, making it even harder for him to tell them the real reason for his visit.

Meet the family.  Fractured, dysfunctional and belonging to writer Louis (Gaspard Ulliel) who hasn’t seen them for 12 years.  During that time, older brother Antoine (Vincent Cassel) has married Catherine (Marion Cotillard) and had two  children.  Sister Suzanne (Lea Seydoux) is increasingly stoned and hippy-like, while mother (Nathalie Baye) has become increasingly garish in her choice of clothes and make-up.  Louis might have a tenuous attachment to all of them – he keeps suggesting a visit to the previous »

- Freda Cooper

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It’s Only the End of the World Review

21 February 2017 6:51 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

 

The prolific, impressively young Xavier Dolan’s preceding endeavour was his finest yet, the indelible, irresistible drama Mommy, a film that contained a lot of shrieking, and yet amidst the emotional, piercing shouting matches, you always felt you could hear every single word. His latest, the curiously self-pitying It’s Only the End of the World, also features screaming – and lots of it – and yet in this instance you feel as though you aren’t actually catching a word, it’s just one big muffled mess.

In what seems to be a self-referential piece, Dolan casts Gaspard Ulliel as Louis, a terminally ill playwright returning back home for the first time in over a decade, with the intention of telling his family that he’s dying. Upon his arrival he’s met with the principle shrieker, his eccentric mother (Nathalie Baye), and his cynical sister Suzanne (Léa Seydoux »

- Stefan Pape

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Berlinale: Cedric Klapisch’s ‘Back to Burgundy’ Sold in More Than 20 Territories for Studiocanal (Exclusive)

14 February 2017 10:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin—Confirming the market appeal of France’s Cedric Klapisch after his “The Spanish Apartment” trilogy, his latest film, drama comedy “Back to Burgundy,” will have been sold significantly across the world by the end of the Berlin Festival.

More than 20 territories have already been secured, more will be closed in the next few days.

“Back to Burgundy’s” powerful rollout comes as a promo of “Gauguin,” starring “Black Swan’s” Vincent Cassel, on which the Cohen Media Group has U.S. rights, was presented to buyers at Berlin. Directed by Edouard Deluc (“Welcome to Argentina”), and penned by Deluc, Etienne Comar,(“Django”), Tomas Lilti (“Irreplaceable”) and Sarah Kaminsky (“Raid: Special Unit”), “Gauguin’s” first major territory deals look set to go down in the next few days.

Written by Klapisch and regular co-scribe Santiago Amigorena and screened to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market, “Back to Burgundy” turns »

- John Hopewell

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Us Briefs: Sam Rockwell to star in 'We’re Just Married'

7 February 2017 2:22 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea and his team kick off pre-sales at the Efm in Berlin this week on the title.

Rockwell will join Lily Rabe and Chris Messina on We’re Just Married, about a 1970s suburban wife who rocks the street when she has an affair with her neighbour.

Rodrigo Garcia will direct from an original screenplay by David Rabe and Lily Rabe produces with Bettina Barrow.

The Jim Henson Company has hired Sarah Maizes as vice-president of children’s entertainment. Maizes will report to executive vice-president Halle Stanford and focus on all preschool and children’s programming for television, home entertainment and digital media in animated and live-action formats. She most recently served as a production executive on Henson’s new series for preschoolersDot.Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to the Ferguson riots documentary Whose Streets? by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis that premiered in Sundance in Us Documentary Competition. Magnolia »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards

25 January 2017 10:12 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

France’s film community congratulated Isabelle Huppert on her Oscar nomination, adding yet another to her growing list of accolades for her performance in “Elle.” The French Academy announced its nominees for what Americans call the “French Oscars” on Wednesday morning. “Elle” received 11 nominations in total, including best film and best director for Paul Verhoeven.

Following in a close send was Francois Ozon’s “Frantz,” which garnered 10 nominations, and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay,” which received nine. Xavier Dolan received a best director nomination for “It’s Only the End of the World.” Actors Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel, and Nathalie Baye were all nominated for their work in Dolan’s film as well.

Read More: Oscars 2017 Surprises and Snubs: Amy Adams and ‘Weiner’ Out, Mel Gibson and ‘Passengers’ In

The Cesars have little import on the Oscars, though there is often some crossover. The French Academy did recognize Kenneth Lonergan »

- Jude Dry

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‘Elle,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘Slack Bay’ Lead Cesar Awards Nominations

25 January 2017 1:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” with Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert, Francois Ozon’s period drama “Frantz” and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” lead the nominations at the 42nd Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars.

Elle” and “Frantz” scored 11 Cesar nominations each. “Slack Bay” received nine.

Elle,” which competed at Cannes, has already earned Huppert a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for best actress. Set in France and produced by Said Ben Said and Michel Merkt, “Elle” has been described as a powerful rape-revenge thriller laced with dark humor. Huppert recently received a honorary prize from the French culture ministry and promotional organization UniFrance. The movie was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at Cannes.

Her nomination for “Elle” marks Huppert’s 16th Cesar nod. She has won only once, for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie.”

Frantz,” starring Pierre Niney (“Yves Saint Laurent”), turns on a »

- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel Set to Film in Spring

18 January 2017 7:24 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Just in time for renewed fears of Russia’s growing influence, production is set to begin on “Body Cross,” the follow-up to David Cronenberg’s Russian gangster thriller “Eastern Promises,” starring Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel. The script is written by original screenwriter Steven Knight (“Peaky Blinders,” Tom Hardy’s “Taboo”), but no word on Cronenberg’s involvement.

Read More: ‘Taboo’ Review: Tom Hardy is a Powder Keg Primed to Explode in Macho FX Miniseries

In an interview with IndieWire Knight gave in 2014, the writer expressed high hopes for the project: “I can say the script for the second one is much better that the first. Honestly it’s one of the things I’ve written that I most like and it’s driving me mad… so I’ve got to get it made.”

An earlier attempt at a remake was stymied by budget disagreements with Focus Features, Cronenberg told »

- Jude Dry

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Is the ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel Back On?

17 January 2017 2:45 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

David Cronenberg was originally going to shoot the Eastern Promises sequel towards the end of 2012. For undisclosed reasons, Focus Features pulled the plug on the film, which would’ve brought back Viggo MortensenVincent Cassel, and other actors from the excellent 2007 crime movie. Now, new details suggest the sequel might happen after all. Below, learn more about the Eastern Promises sequel. […]

The post Is the ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel Back On? appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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It's Only the End of the World and Operation Avalanche recognized among the 2017 Canadian Screen Award Nominations

17 January 2017 11:50 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

It's Only the End of the World and Operation Avalanche recognized among the 2017 Canadian Screen Award NominationsIt's Only the End of the World and Operation Avalanche recognized among the 2017 Canadian Screen Award NominationsAdriana Floridia1/17/2017 2:50:00 Pm

This morning the Canadian Screen Awards announced their 2017 nominations, recognizing the best of last year's Canadian films.

The awards are given out by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. This year's nominees boast a diverse line up of films that tell stories not just in English and French, but also Mandarin, Atikamekw and Inuktiut.

The most high-profile of the bunch would have to be Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World, which is a likely contender at the Oscars this year in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It made the shortlist of nine films that will be considered at the Oscars, which also includes Germany's Toni Erdmann and Chile's Neruda. »

- Adriana Floridia

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‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel Resurfaces With Rumors Of Spring Shoot

17 January 2017 11:33 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There was a time a half-decade ago when cameras nearly rolled on a sequel to David Cronenberg‘s gangster tale “Eastern Promises.” Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel were attached to star, with a script by Steven Knight, but Focus Features yanked the plug on the movie in 2012 and that was pretty much the last we heard about it. But the project has resurfaced.

Continue reading ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel Resurfaces With Rumors Of Spring Shoot at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Xavier Dolan Leads Canadian Screen Awards Nominations

17 January 2017 10:56 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The “Canadian Oscars” feature innovative nominees in both film and television.

On Tuesday morning, actors Maxim Roy, Amanda Brugel, and Simu Liu announced the nominees for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. The awards honor outstanding works in film, television, and digital media productions. Both the film and television categories include innovative works made by young talent, and it is refreshing to see the unique work being done in the Canadian media industry.

French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s film, It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) leads the nominations in the film categories, scoring nine nods including Best Motion Picture. Dolan’s film won the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and has been submitted as Canada’s entry for the 2017 Academy Awards. Dolan did an incredible job adapting Jean-Luc Lagarce’s play of the same name, which was beautifully brought to life by stars »

- Angela Morrison

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‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel ‘Body Cross’ to Shoot This Spring

17 January 2017 10:50 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

For years — and years, and years — there’d been talk of a follow-up to David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, a crime drama whose main (perhaps sole) purpose for even continuing is the fact that it chose to end where most would begin. Despite stalling a number of years ago, a completed script from original scribe Steven Knight — whose profile has risen considerably in the ten years since Promises‘ release, what with Locke, Peaky Blinders, Allied, Taboo, and, of course, Burnt — that’s now known as Body Cross is apparently moving forward very fast.

Casting site My Entertainment World (via Little White Lies) tells us cameras will roll this March, and they provide a synopsis to boot. As it goes: “Picking up where the 2007 film left off with the incompetent underboss Kirill thinking that he and his henchman driver Nikolai really have inherited the throne from his crime-lord father, without knowing »

- Nick Newman

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Xavier Dolan's 'It's Only the End of the World' Leads Canadian Screen Award Film Nominations

17 January 2017 6:23 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Xavier Dolan's Cannes grand jury prize winning movie It's Only the End of the World, starring Marion Cotillard, secured a field-leading nine nominations, announced Tuesday, for the Canadian Screen Awards.

And BBC America's Orphan Black, where Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany plays a dozen look-alike characters, nabbed a field-leading 14 nominations in the TV categories.

Dolan's French-language film grabbed nominations for best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay but didn't earn best actress nods for Cotillard or co-star Lea Seydoux,

Dolan had to make do with Vincent Cassel nabbing a nomination in the best supporting actor category and Nathalie Baye securing a »

- Etan Vlessing

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Xavier Dolan's 'It's Only the End of the World' Leads Canadian Screen Award Film Nominations

17 January 2017 6:23 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Xavier Dolan's Cannes grand jury prize winning movie It's Only the End of the World, starring Marion Cotillard, secured a field-leading nine nominations, announced Tuesday, for the Canadian Screen Awards.

And BBC America's Orphan Black, where Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany plays a dozen look-alike characters, nabbed a field-leading 14 nominations in the TV categories.

Dolan's French-language film grabbed nominations for best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay but didn't earn best actress nods for Cotillard or co-star Lea Seydoux,

Dolan had to make do with Vincent Cassel nabbing a nomination in the best supporting actor category and Nathalie Baye securing a »

- Etan Vlessing

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Iconoclast To Produce Karim Boukercha’s Feature Debut

16 January 2017 1:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Iconoclast Films, the Paris company which co-produced New York indie icons Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Heaven Knows What,” is set to produce the yet-to-be-titled feature debut of French director Karim Boukercha, who co-penned Costa-Gavras’ “Capital” and  Romain Gavras’  “Our Day Will Come.”

The feature will expand on Boukercha’s “Group Violence,” starring Vincent Cassel, and so inevitably one of the highest-profile shorts at this year’s Unifrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival online event. Also produced by Iconoclast, the short, boasting a well-crafted structure, tells the tale of an infamous small-time crook who now needs to return to street crime in order to confirm that he doesn’t belong there anymore. The character is played by Cassel, as a nod to the character he played in Mathieu Kassovitz’s “La Haine.”

“I wanted to do something that isn’t too visually realistic aiming to create a certain distance from the subject. I »

- Emilio Mayorga

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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Studiocanal Takes International on ‘Big Bad Fox,’ ‘L’Ecole Buissonnière’ (Exclusive)

12 January 2017 11:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Studiocanal, one of Europe’s biggest film-tv companies, has acquired international rights to Benjamin Renner’s animated movie “Big Bad Fox and Other Tales,” from Didier Brunner’s Folivari, as well as live-action period drama “L’Ecole buissonnière,” the latest film from “Belle et Sebastien” director Nicolas Vanier.

The two titles join Studiocanal’s biggest French movie slate in recent years, which is to be presented to buyers Friday at the 2017 UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris.

“The Rendez-Vous is a must-attend event for buyers of French films. We want to take advantage of that,” said Anna Marsh, Studiocanal head of international film sales.

Also on Studiocanal’s lineup are Vincent Cassel-starrer “Gauguin”; French vineyard-set “Back To Burgundy,” from Cedric Klapisch (“L’Auberge espagnole”); “Elementary,” toplining Sara Forestier (“The Name of Love”); and teen fantasy survival thriller “Alone,” from “It Boy’s” David Moreau, which will screen at the Rendez-Vous. »

- John Hopewell

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‘It’s Only the End of the World’ UK Trailer: Marion Cotillard Leads Xavier Dolan’s Grand Prix-Winning Family Drama

12 January 2017 7:31 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Xavier Dolan’s latest family drama “It’s Only the End of the World” made its world premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it garnered polarizing reviews and won the coveted Grand Prix award. It spent all last year on the festival circuit, screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, AFI Fest and more. It also recently made the Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film despite not currently having U.S. distribution. Though it’s already been released in France, it will finally hit UK theaters next month. Watch the UK trailer for the film below.

Read More: ‘It’s Only the End of the World’ Reviews: Xavier Dolan’s Latest Is a ‘Total Misfire’

Dolan’s sixth feature film follows Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer who returns home after 12 years to announce his impending death to his family. It co-stars Nathalie Baye »

- Vikram Murthi

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