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The final clapperboard slams for Samuel Benchetrit's Dog

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- The cast includes Vanessa Paradis, Vincent Macaigne and Bouli Lanners; the film is being produced by A Single Man and Maje, and will be sold by Films Boutique

The final clapperboard slams for Samuel Benchetrit's Dog
Director Samuel Benchetrit

Today sees the end of the shoot for Dog [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
(lit. “Dog”), the sixth feature by Samuel Benchetrit, in Belgium after five weeks of filming. The director has such titles as Janis & John (2003), I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(unveiled on the Piazza Grande at Locarno in 2007 and winner of the Best Screenplay Award at Sundance 2008) and Macadam Stories [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(special screening at Cannes in 2015) to his credit.

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The cast of the new opus by the novelist-filmmaker includes Vanessa Paradis (nominated for the César Award for Best Actress in 2000 for Girl on the Bridge, putting on tremendous performances in such films as Heartbreaker [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
]
in 2010 and Café de Flore [+see also:
trailer
interview: Jean-Marc Vallée
film profile
]
in 2011, and who has just been filming Guillaume Gallienne's Maryline), Vincent Macaigne (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2014 for The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu [+see also:
film review
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
and the Lumière Award for Best Actor in 2016 for Les Deux Amis [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
; popular this year in Agnus Dei [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lou de Laâge
film profile
]
, News from Planet Mars [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and Struggle for Life [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
; set to hit screens in 2017 in Marvin) and Belgium's Bouli Lanners (nominated for the Magritte Award for Best Actor in 2015 and 2016 for Lulu in the Nude [+see also:
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
and All Cats Are Grey [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, very popular recently in The First, The Last [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Bouli Lanners
film profile
]
).

Written by Benchetrit himself (nominated for the César Award for Best Adaptation in 2016 for Macadam Stories) and Gábor Rassov (who is serving as the director's writing partner for the third time, and who also co-penned movies such as I Am Standard Supporter [+see also:
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
and Un jour mon prince), and based on Benchetrit's novel of the same name, the story of Dog revolves around Jacques Blanchot, who loses everything – his wife, his son, his home and his job. He gradually becomes detached from the world around him. A pet-shop owner takes him in, but as he is unable to make a friend, he makes him his dog instead. But to what extent can someone be dehumanised? This is the story of the demise of an everyman (could be me, could be you), told with humour and self-deprecation…

Produced by Julien Madon (a European Film Promotion Producer on the Move 2016 – read the interview) for Single Man and Marie Savare de Laitre for Maje Productions, who had already teamed up for Macadam Stories, Dog is being co-produced by Belgian outfit Umedia and Paris-based company Emotions Films. Having been pre-purchased by OCS, the feature will be distributed in France by Paradis Films and will be sold abroad by German sales agent Films Boutique.

(Translated from French)

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