Magazine article Screen International

Celluloid Dreams Boards 'Death of A Ladies' Man' with Gabriel Byrne (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Celluloid Dreams Boards 'Death of A Ladies' Man' with Gabriel Byrne (Exclusive)

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Title taken from 1977 album by Leonard Cohen, who gave blessing to the project before his death.

Gabriel Byrne

Celluloid Dreams has acquired world sales rights on Matt Bissonnette’s Death Of A Ladies Man starring Irish actor Gabriel Byrne as a hard-drinking, womanising, university poetry professor who unexpectedly finds love when he retreats to a shack in Ireland after discovering he has a brain tumour.

Bissonnette, whose credits include the 2009 comedy drama Passenger Side, will direct from his own script. Other cast members include Quebecois actor Antoine-Olivier Pilon, best-known for his award-winning performance in Mommy.

The film is a Canadian-Irish co-production produced by Bissonnette’s long-time collaborator Corey Marr, respected Canadian producer Marie-Claude Poulin and Ireland’s Martina Niland.

Byrne’s character Samuel O’Shea has seen better days as the film opens. His second marriage is ending and he has started seeing strange things such 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. …

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