By Ryan Keating-Lambert

The Prague Film Fund is distributing 203 000 EUR / 5.3 m CZK to four international film film projects this year, including the new Xavier Dolan film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.

The French Canadian director’s new drama was partly shot in Prague earlier this year and features a star-studded cast including Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington in the titular role, as well as Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Bella Thorne, Kathy Bates, Jacob Treblay, Michael Gambon, and Susan Sarandon.

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Director Xavier Dolan with actress Jessica Chastain (The Film Stage)

The film sees young actor reminiscing over the life of a dead American TV star and the connection they once shared through their personal letters.

This will be Xavier Dolan’s first English language film. The director has previously been known for his critically acclaimed French Canadian productions like Mommy and Laurence Anyways.

The Prague Film Fund also supported Indian production The Ring (Jab Harry met Sejal), French film Tout le monde debout directed by Franck Dubosc, and German TV movie Ein Sommer in Prag directed by Karola Meeder.

In order to be considered for the prestigious grant, films must be partly set in the Czech capital.

After a successful year and a lot of applicants, the fund is looking to increase the grant to a total of 766,000 EUR / 20m CZK next year.

Feature Photo: In A Lonely Place

 

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