Filmed mainly in Montreal, white dog stars French actor Denis Ménochet (Thanks to God) as Romain Gary and British Columbian Kacey Rohl (Hannibal) in that of his wife, the actress and muse of the French New Wave Jean Seberg.
The title of the work refers to the German Shepherd that the couple adopted at their Hollywood residence. The animal, which was trained by the Alabama police to attack black people, will be re-educated by its new masters.
The plot is set in 1968, shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King. At that time, Jean Seberg became involved in the anti-racist cause and notably linked up with an organization close to the Black Panthers. Meanwhile, her relationship with Romain Gary begins to seriously crumble.
Co-scripted by Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne (Fires), white dog is the fourth feature film by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, after The ring, Insha’Allah and The Goddess of Fireflies.
Note that this is a second adaptation of the novel on the big screen, after the controversial horror drama Trained to kill (White Dog), by Samuel Fuller, released 40 years ago.
A major social issue
The general manager of Cinemania, Guilhem Caillard, says he is honored to present the new film by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, one year after having screened a documentary devoted to his cinematographic work during his festival, Portrait of a designer.
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette offers a large-scale film, which provokes reflection, launches debate, and once again confirms her talent as a filmmaker deeply turned towards others and major social issues.he said in a statement.
white dog will be released in Quebec on November 9, after having premiered at the Cinéma Impérial on November 2, during Cinemania. The complete program of the festival will also be unveiled on October 20.