3 November - 13:30 - Théâtre du cuivre

Chien Blanc

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

Canada | V.O. French/English | ST French/English | 2022 | 95 min | color | Fiction

1968. The United States is on the verge of imploding. Martin Luther King is assassinated and racial tensions plunge the country into violence. French author, Romain Gary, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Jean Seberg, takes in a stray dog. That dog is soon a fixture in the house, charming the couple’s only son, Diego. The dog is affectionate with everyone – except Black people. The “white dog” has been trained to attack African American demonstrators.
For Seberg, who is a committed ally of the Black Panthers, keeping the dog is unthinkable. For Gary, putting it down is equally unthinkable. Gary becomes fixated on the animal. He can’t abandon it. He takes it to a kennel, hoping to cure it of the hatred that was instilled in it by humans. He 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.

Director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
Music Mathieu Charbonneau, Ralph 'Waahli' Joseph, Christophe Lamarche Ledoux, Maxime Veilleux
Cinematographer Jonathan Decoste
Screenplay Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, Valerie Beaugrand-Champagne
Cast K.C Collins, Laurent Lemaire, Denis Ménochet, Kacey Rohl, Jhaleil Swaby
Production Go Films
Distribution Sphère Films


Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

Named Artist for Peace in 2012, Anaïs Barbeau Lavalette has directed several award-winning feature-length documentaries, including Les Petits princes des bidonvilles (2000), Si j'avais un chapeau (2006), Les petits géants (2010, winner of a Gémeaux award), Se souvenir des cendres (2010), which followed the adventure of Denis Villeneuve's film Incendies and won the Gémeaux award for Best Documentary, as well as Le plancher des vaches (2014). She has directed four fiction films, Le Ring (2008 - selected in Toronto and Berlin), Inch'Allah (2012, selected in Toronto, then in Berlin - Fipresci International Critics Award, Ecumenical Jury Prize) and The Goddess of Fireflies (selected in Berlin). She also shot the feature film Chien Blanc in spring 2021, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Romain Gary.