Status: Pre-production, set to begin filming in Montreal and Ireland Spring/Summer 2019
Written and directed by Matt Bissonnette
Cast so far: Gabriel Byrne, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Karelle Tremblay, Brian Gleeson
January 4th, 2019 update from Scannain, Irish for Movies in an article on films to watch for in 2019:
Matt Bissonnette’s Irish/Canadian co-production Death Of A Ladies’ Man sees Irish actor Gabriel Byrne as a hard-drinking, womanising, university poetry professor. He discovers he has a brain tumour, which may be the cause of his strange visions, and he enters a more reflective period of his life, moving to his family’s remote shack, where he embarks on the novel he has been meaning to write all his adult life and unexpectedly falls in love with a local woman. The title is inspired by the work of Canadian musican Leonard Cohen and his 1977 album of the same name. Cohen was supportive of the project prior to his death in 2016, and his management continue that support. Produced by Martina Niland (Float Like a Butterfly) for Port Pictures, Corey Marr for Corey Marr Productions, and Marie-Claude Poulin for MCP Productions, with finance from Monte Rosso Productions, Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund and The Movie Network (TMN), and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
According to Screen Daily, the title of the film is taken from Leonard Cohen’s 1977 album, and the script was inspired by the work of the late Canadian poet and musician, including themes of love, loss and the relationship between fathers and sons. Cohen’s music and verse will be woven throughout the film supported by his blessing of the project prior to his death in 2016 and the continuing support of his management.
Description from Screen Daily:
Samuel O’Shea has seen better days as the film opens. His second marriage is ending and he has started seeing strange things such [as] Frankenstein sidling up to him in a bar, or his much-missed late father popping in for a chat.
When Samuel discovers he has a brain tumour, which may be the cause of his strange visions, he enters a more reflective period of his life, moving to his family’s remote shack, where he embarks on the novel he has been meaning to write all his adult life and unexpectedly falls in love with a local woman. This trajectory leads Samuel to an utterly unforeseeable happy ending.