France’s **** Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh Discuss MyFFF Suburban Fable ‘Blue Dog’

Variety | 1/19/2019 | Emilio Mayorga
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French filmmakers **** Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh met at university while studying political science before diverging towards separate careers. Trouilh trained in documentary filmmaking; Liatard worked on urban artistic projects in Lebanon and France. They eventually joined back up to film three shorts: “Gagarine,” a Sundance Channel Shorts Competition Jury Prize winner in 2016; “The Republic of Enchanters”; and their latest, “Blue Dog,” which is in competition at UniFrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, available on VOD platforms around the world.

In “Blue Dog” the pair weaves a story of inclusion along with one rooted in a father-and-son relationship, all in a mixed tone of realism and fable. “The movie enlightens the strength of the community against isolation, especially in the kind of neighborhood we are filming,” they say.

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Can you talk a bit about the story in “Blue Dog”?

It’s the story of Emile, a 60-year-old man, living in a social housing building in Paris suburbs with his son Yoan. For months, Emile doesn’t go out. He is afraid of the outside world and stays in his apartment, painting everything in blue. This color is the only thing that makes him feel good. Yoan needs to get some fresh air and one day he meets a girl, Soraya, a French teenager, from Comoros and a Tamil dance lover. She will help Yoan find a way to bring his dad back to life.

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Did you plan to have parallel plots from the beginning?

We started this project spending some weeks in the neighborhood where the film takes place, in Aubervilliers, near Paris, because we were invited there by a local association. We met a lot of inhabitants who inspired this story and even act in the film in the case of Rod Paradot (Yoan). They inspired the themes of inclusion and diversity, because we wanted to tell how rewarding...
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