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Interview: Ariane Louis-Seize – Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person

Interview: Ariane Louis-Seize – Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person

After being feted on the Lido (winner of the Director’s Award in the Giornate degli Autori section – we were there) and being showcased at TIFF, Ariane Louis-Seize returned to her home turf for the presentation of her award-winning feature debut (it continued its winning streak claiming the Festival du nouveau cinéma’s Grand Prix prize) and a complete retrospective of her short film work. Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person (perhaps the best titled film to come out in ’23) doesn’t reinvent the wheel of the vampire genre but it’s playful coming-of-age template joined by a decadent funny bone makes for an amusing calling card with… bite.

I sat down with Ariane not once, but twice. My Lido interview recording had a technical glitch and so I was happy to get a redo. We spoke about her path from short to feature filmmaker, we spoke about the experience of having a co-writing partner (in Christine Doyon) and how she wrote sound on the project – its imaginative application balances both humor and terror in equal measures.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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