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Xavier Seron now shooting his second feature film Chiennes de vie

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- Jean-Jacques Rausin, Aurora Marion and Arieh Worthalter are set to lead the cast of the Belgian filmmaker’s new movie

Xavier Seron now shooting his second feature film Chiennes de vie
Actor Jean-Jacques Rausin, actress Aurora Marion and actor Arieh Worthalter

Having previously scooped a multitude of awards for his short films (including 3 Best Short Fiction Film Magrittes for The Black Bear, The Plumber - both co-directed by Méryl Fortunat-Rossi - and Squish) and after turning heads in 2016 via his moving yet radical first feature film (Death By Death [+see also:
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interview: Xavier Seron
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), Xavier Seron is making another return with Chiennes de vie, which has just started shooting.

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The film explores three overlapping fates, three stories about human beings and dogs. It follows the adventures of Tom who agrees to take in his deceased neighbour’s chihuahua in order to win the affections of janitor’s daughter Cécile. The only problem is that this seemingly inoffensive little beast appears to have driven his master to suicide and seems to have it in for Tom. We also get to know Greta, an actress and muse for a famous perfume brand, whose dog and assistant were run over and killed by a truck. She meets Charlotte in a launderette and suggests this woman replaces her assistant… or does she want her to replace her dog? Last but not least, we meet Franck and Lola who fall in love at first sight. Franck has never had so much in common with someone… There’s just one problem: Lola doesn’t like dogs. Franck is forced to choose between his new love Lola and his best friend and best dog in the world Perdita.

The film’s cast stars Xavier Seron’s faithful playmate and former hero of Je me tue à le dire Jean-Jacques Rausin, as well as actress Aurora Marion (discovered in Almayer’s Folly [+see also:
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by Chantal Akerman), Arieh Worthalter (recently excellent in The End of Love [+see also:
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trailer
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]
and Hold Me Tight [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
; soon to be seen in Patricia Mazuy’s Bowling Saturne [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Patricia Mazuy
film profile
]
, and alongside Virginie Efira in Rodéo) and Louise Manteau (brilliant of late in the short film Les Glaçons, but also seen in Pandore).

Produced in Belgium by Hélicotronc, co-produced in France by Artisans du Film and set to be sold worldwide by Be For Films, Chiennes de vie was one of the various films awarded lightweight production support several years ago by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film Centre. Filming is set to unfold in Brussels and the surrounding area between 20 April and 20 May.

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(Translated from French)

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