The Death and Life of John F. Donovan
Director: Xavier Dolan
A decade after the death of closeted Hollywood superstar John F. Donovan, a young actor Rupert Turner reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives. Donovan’s struggles living in the public eye, tenderness and generosity inspired that little boy who was desperate to connect with the man he idolized.
Xavier Dolan’s seventh feature and first in English is a summation of key themes the Montreal writer and director often explores: the mother-son relationship, homosexuality, alienation, shame, prejudices and childhood, blended in a brand-new captivating framework. The film features a cast of multi-award winning Hollywood actors.
Curator's point of view: The English-language debut of the fast-rising film festival star who always painfully analyses himself and his protagonists. A chance to find out if the language of the film has a decisive role in creating its atmosphere.