Bummer! We’re waiting for TIFF to release more titles for its year’s festival, but unfortunately, Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F Donovan won’t be ready at time for the festival.
Films Séville, the official distributor for ‘Donovan’ in Canada, confirmed today that Dolan’s picture won’t be ready in time to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. Organizers are getting ready to unveil their last round of titles next week, but you won’t be seeing ‘Donovan’ in the lineup.
The film will apparently be completed later this fall, but it still needs U.S. distribution. Whilst we think the film can be shown in Cannes next year, AFI Fest and Venice are still an earlier possibility, or even Sundance.
Starring Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, and Thandie Newton the film centers on the tribulations of John Donovan, an American TV star in his late 20s, and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen-pal relationship is publicly exposed, eliciting the most ill-founded assumptions and sending Donovan in a vertical downfall. A decade later, the young actor recollects his relationship with his past idol over the course of an interview.