CULTURE

It’s Xavier Dolan’s Cannes


Despite mixed reviews for his It’s Only the End of the World, Xavier Dolan is Cannes’ latest enfant terrible and the party Louis Vuitton threw in his honor Thursday night was plenty proof of that. He was surrounded by his good-looking cast and gal pals – Gaspard Ulliel, Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Nathalie Baye – just as news broke out that his film was picked up by Russian distributor A-One Film. “I’ve never seen someone direct a set like Xavier before,” said Ulliel, who plays the lead, a dying writer. “For an actor it’s very disturbing at first. He intervenes a lot and he’s very present on set. He is precise on each direction – maybe too precise sometimes. He would correct you with the smallest details, saying put your face like that, or like this, raise your eye brow like that.” Twenty-seven-year-old Dolan already had a provocateur’s reputation when he showed Mommy at Cannes in 2014 – his fifth feature film. He took home the Jury Prize that year, but told French Vogue, “I have to say I’m disappointed not to have won the Palme d’Or.” So needless to say, this year he’s as disenchanted with his critics as they are with his film. “If the guy who gives Creed five stars and Fast and the Furious four stars and-a-half is saying that Marion Cotillard is a bore in my movie, then it really is the end of the world,” he told The Guardian. “And you wonder what the f— he’s doing here.”

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Xavier Dolan at the Louis Vuitton after party. Photo by Getty Images.

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Gaspard Ulliel, Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Xavier Dolan, Nathalie Baye and Marion Cotillard attend the “It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)” premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2016 in Cannes, France. Photo by Getty Images.

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Adele Exarchopoulos at the Louis Vuitton after party. Photo by Getty Images.

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Alexia Niedzielski at the Louis Vuitton after party. Photo by Getty Images.

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Gaspard Ulliel at the Louis Vuitton after party. Photo by Getty Images.

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Jeremie Renier at the Louis Vuitton after party. Photo by Getty Images.

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Lea Seydoux at the Louis Vuitton after party. Photo by Getty Images.

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Lea Seydoux, Gaspard Ulliel, Xavier Dolan, and Nathalie Baye at the Louis Vuitton after party. Photo by Getty Images.

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Marion Cotillard at the Louis Vuitton after party. Photo by Getty Images.

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Marion Cotillard and Xavier Dolan at the Louis Vuitton after party.

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Soko at the Louis Vuitton after party. Photo by Getty Images.

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Vincent Cassel at the Louis Vuitton after party. Photo by Getty Images.