The trailer for Xavier Dolan’s latest film,  The Death and Life of John F. Donovan , was launched today.

The first English-language film by the director of  Juste la fin du monde will be screened on March 13 in France under the guidance of distributor Mars Films.

No release date is yet fixed in Quebec, says one side of Films Seville, in charge of the release of the film in Canada. The filmmaker posted this message on his Instagram account :

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***WATCH THE FULL TRAILER for “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” on YouTube LINK IN BIO. Friends, I am so proud to share the trailer for this film with you. It has been a labor of love and perseverance. I’ve learned more making this movie than I ever did before. I am so grateful to @marsfilms for believing in me and in this film. Their support has been unfaltering, and their passion has remained, in spite of the wait, unchanged. “Ma vie avec John F. Donovan” hits the big screen in France on March 13th. Unfortunately, I do not know when it will be released in other countries, and more importantly, I am not, nor have ever been, and never will be, in charge of deciding when it will be released. Just like I never was in charge of deciding when this trailer would be revealed. Please know that my only wish since the very beginning of this adventure was to share everything with you. And never to hold back. Now the time has come to let go of the film. It's yours. I hope it finds you, and brings you joy and hope. ***REGARDEZ LA VERSION INTÉGRALE DE LA BANDE-ANNONCE de "Ma vie avec John F. Donovan" sur YouTube. Lien dans ma bio. Mes amis, je suis si fier de partager avec vous la bande-annonce de ce film. Ce fût un processus complexe, une quête de longue haleine, portée par l'amour et la persévérance. J'ai appris davantage sur ce film que jamais auparavant. Je suis reconnaissant à @marsfilms pour leur foi en moi, et en ce projet. Leur soutien depuis le premier jour fût indéfectible ; leur passion, inchangée, malgré l'attente. "Ma vie avec John F. Donovan" sortira en France le 13 mars prochain. Malheureusement, je ne sais pas quand il sortira dans d'autres pays. Je ne suis pas en charge, d'ailleurs, ni ne l'ai, jamais été et ne le serai jamais, de décider quand il sortira. Tout comme je n'étais pas en charge de décider du moment où il conviendrait de révéler cette bande-annonce. Sachez que mon seul désir depuis le début de cette aventure a toujours été de tout partager avec vous. De ne rien vous cacher. Le moment est venu de laisser aller ce film, m'en départir. Il est à vous. Je souhaite qu'il vous trouve, et qu'il vous apporte une forme de joie et d’espoir.

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“My friends, I’m so proud to share with you the trailer for this movie. It was a complex process, a long-term quest, driven by love and perseverance. I learned more about this film than ever before. I am grateful to Mars Films for their faith in me, and in this project. Their support since the first day was unfailing; their passion, unchanged, despite the wait. My life with John F. Donovansortira in France on March 13th. Unfortunately, I do not know when he will go out to other countries. I’m not in charge, by the way, nor have I ever been and will never be, to decide when he will come out. Just as I was not in charge of deciding when it would be appropriate to reveal this trailer. Know that my only desire since the beginning of this adventure has always been to share everything with you. Do not hide anything. The moment has come to let go of this film, to part with it. He’s yours. I hope he finds you, and brings you a form of joy and hope. “

Launched at the Toronto Film Festival last year,   John F. Donovan’s The Death and Life , which features an awesome cast including Kit Harington, Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates and many others, been the target of very severe criticism. No agreement with an American distributor has yet been concluded to date.

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