White Dog / Chien Blanc

Synopsis : 1968. The US is on the verge of imploding. Martin Luther King has been assassinated, and race hatred plunges the country into flames and violence. Romain Gary, who lives in LA with his wife Jean Seberg, takes in a stray dog. The dog is affectionate with everyone – except Blacks and trained to attack African American demonstrators. Gary entrusts the dog to Keys, a Black dog trainer, who promises to reform it. Keys, gripped by his own tragedy, does the job – and then some.

Festival History : Hamburg Film Festival Cinemania

Director : Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
Producer : Nicole Robert
Screenplay : Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette et Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne
DOP : Jonathan Decoste
Editor : Richard Comeau
Cast : Kacey Rohl, Denis Ménochet, K. C. Collins, Jhaleil Swaby

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

Anaïs Barbeau Lavalette has directed several prizewinning documentaries including ‘The Little
Giants’ (2010) and ‘Remembering the Ashes’ (2010). She has also directed four features including ‘Le Ring’ (2008) –selected for TIFF and Berlinale, and ‘Goddess of the Fireflies’ (2021) which was screened at Berlin. ‘White Dog’ is adapted from the novel of the same name by Romain Gary.


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