The City of Your Final Destination

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The City of Your Final Destination
Promotional poster
Directed by James Ivory
Produced by Paul Bradley
Pierre Proner
Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Based on The City of Your Final Destination by Peter Cameron
Starring Anthony Hopkins
Laura Linney
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Hiroyuki Sanada
Omar Metwally
Alexandra Maria Lara
Music by Jorge Drexler
Cinematography Javier Aguirresarobe
Pierre Mignot (Montréal)
Edited by John David Allen
Distributed by Screen Media Films
Release dates
  • March 21, 2009 (2009-03-21) (Golden State Film Festival)
  • April 16, 2010 (2010-04-16) (United States)
Running time
118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8.3 million
Box office $1,351,866[1]

The City of Your Final Destination is a novel by American writer Peter Cameron. Most of the story takes place in a small town in Uruguay. The novel's beginning and ending chapters taking place in Lawrence, Kansas, where the protagonist is a graduate student at the University of Kansas.

In 2007 Merchant Ivory Productions produced a film based on the book, directed by James Ivory with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

Film adaptation[edit]

It had an early preview in New York City on November 27, 2007 (at the ceremony of the Trophée des Arts for James Ivory from the French Institute New York). In October 2009, James Ivory brought the film to Rome, where it received its official world premiere at the International Rome Film Festival, out of competition, then showing at Tokyo International Film Festival for Hiroyuki Sanada's special screening. Screen Media distributed it in the United States on April 16, 2010.

The City of Your Final Destination is the first Merchant Ivory film without producer Ismail Merchant and composer Richard Robbins.


The film follows a graduate student, Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally), who wishes to write a biography on an obscure writer, Jules Gund, who died years before. He must travel to Uruguay to persuade the Gund family to authorize the biography.


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In early 2007, Anthony Hopkins claimed he had yet to be paid for his work on the film, and that Merchant Ivory had short-changed the cast and crew.[2] Merchant Ivory counter-argued that Hopkins' payment terms had in fact recently been renegotiated higher. Later in the year, the actor filed court papers to take the company to an arbitrator. In October 2007, Hopkins filed a lawsuit against Merchant Ivory for payment of his salary of $750,000.[3] In 2008, Actress and singer Susan (Suzy)[4]Malick[5]also filed suit against Merchant Ivory and James Ivory for Producer credit[6]and half an million in an unpaid loan used when the film threatened to be shut down due to lack of funding. In 2012 Malick moved for trial by jury and the suit was finally settled out of court.


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