Director Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) will represent Canada for consideration as a possible nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards, to be held on February 26, 2017. The pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, chaired and coordinated by Telefilm Canada, announced its decision on Friday.
“This will be a wonderful journey into U.S. territory for It’s Only the End of the World and its director,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “This selection by Canada will kick off an exciting promotional campaign in the United States. We are confident that It’s Only the End of the World, which won the Grand Prix and the Ecumenical Jury Prize in Cannes, will continue along its successful path. There’s no doubt it will move members of the Academy as it has engaged thousands of movie-lovers to date.”
It’s Only the End of the World
Based on the play Juste la fin du monde by French playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce, the film tells the story of a young writer who, after a 12-year absence, returns to his hometown to announce his impending death. The film deals with the universal subject of family that, as the director himself has stated, is a place “where we speak of our love for each other through our never-ending quarrels, and where, in spite of ourselves, we shout about our resentments, the expression of doubt and solitude.”
It’s Only the End of the World, which opened in theaters in Canada and France on September 21, has already drawn large audiences, breaking records in France for its box-office performance on opening day.
The film stars Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent, Hannibal Rising), Nathalie Baye (Laurence Anyways, Catch Me if You Can), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone, La Vie en Rose), Léa Seydoux (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Blue Is the Warmest Colour), and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, My King).
After I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère) in 2009 and Mommy in 2014, this film is Xavier Dolan’s third to represent Canada for consideration as a possible nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars—an achievement in itself.