After having lent her features to the legendary character of Maria Chapdelaine last year, actress Sara Montpetit will slip into the skin of a vampire unable to bite in black comedy Humanist Vampire Seeks Consenting Suicidalthe first feature film by young filmmaker Ariane Louis-Seize.
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The filming of this rare Quebec vampire film will begin this Tuesday and will take place until the beginning of December in Montreal and its surroundings. For this first feature film, director Ariane Louis-Seize has succeeded in bringing together an impressive cast around Sara Montpetit, including Félix-Antoine Bénard, Sophie Cadieux, Steve Laplante, Noémie O’Farrell, Marie Brassard, Madeleine Péloquin, Marc Beaupré , Micheline Bernard and Patrick Hivon.
“I feel privileged to be able to work with all these high quality actors and, above all, that they trust me by agreeing to participate in my project”, confides the filmmaker who has already stood out on the festival circuit with his short films wild skin and The little waves.
Set in two eras (the 1980s and today), Humanist Vampire Seeks Consenting Suicidal recounts the improbable encounter between a young vampire who can’t bite (Sara Montpetit) and a young man who has lived with death impulses since childhood (Félix-Antoine Bénard).
“These are two beings who do not fit into the mold of their respective universes, summarizes Ariane Louis-Seize. Her, because she can’t bite and him, because he doesn’t find his place in the human world. They are marginal and lonely characters. I walk a fine line because it’s a dark comedy that touches on deep themes like assertiveness, friendship and family.”
Recently met for the release of the film Falcon Lakein which she defends one of the two main roles, Sara Montpetit said she was thrilled at the idea of playing a vampire on screen:
“It’s fun because it’s really out of touch with reality. To prepare myself, Ariane made me watch the film under the skin. I also need to practice speaking with fake vampire teeth. I can’t wait to start filming!”
“Sara is an actress who plays with great accuracy,” observes Ariane Louis-Seize about the main star of her film.
“There is something intriguing about her. In the film, she looks like a young woman, but she is actually 68 years old. I think she manages to embody that in a natural way.
Play with codes
Vampires are rare in our cinematography. The feature films of the genre that have been made in Quebec can be counted on the fingers of one hand. We think in particular of White skin (2004), by Daniel Roby, and comedies Karmine 1 and Karmine 2by Gabriel Pelletier, released in 1996 and 2001.
To revisit the genre in her own way, Ariane Louis-Seize says she has watched countless vampire films and read extensively on the subject.
“There are codes we have to respect, like the fact that vampires don’t go out in the sun. But each director can appropriate the genre in his own way and play with the rules”, concludes the filmmaker.
♦ Produced by the Art et Essai box and distributed by H264, Humanist Vampire Seeks Consenting Suicidal should hit theaters in 2023.