After being a critical darling at previous Cannes Film Festivals, young Quebecios filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s latest work “It’s Only The End of The World” met with a tepid and even hostile response in some quarters from reviewers on the Croisette.
The reactions got nasty enough that the filmmaker took the criticisms as a personal attack which meant it came as not a huge surprise when he announced the other week that his next film, “The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan,” would not appear at the Cannes Film Festival next year.
There is also the more logical reason – it won’t be done. Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, and Thandie Newton all star in the film about the pen pal relationship between a major film star and a young man which gets misinterpreted and becomes a media circus.
Taking to Instagram this past weekend, Dolan has further explained his position on the film and takes a shot at the culture of film criticism for its bullying tactics:
The post would certainly suggest he’s leaving the door open for submitting the film in time for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Will it happen and what will the reaction be? We’ll have to wait and see.