"The film was born out of the need to tame my own anxieties about death. Coupled with my ambition to make a vampire movie for several years, the idea of addressing this universally terrifying theme through the vampire figure quickly took hold. As creatures who are doomed to kill to survive, vampires carry death within them. But what happens if they start thinking too much about the value of the lives they take compared to their own? It is by asking this ethical, philosophical and potentially tragicomic question that the character of Sasha, a young humanist vampire ready to let herself die to spare others, was born. Death is also anchored in the character of Paul, a teenager with chronic depressive behaviors who does not find his place in a world he can’t decipher and that is hostile to him. The inner dramas of Sasha and Paul are certainly tragic, but I wanted light and hope to emerge from their encounter. Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person navigates between genre film, coming-of-age story and dark comedy." [Ariane Louis-Seize]
Ariane Louis-Seize is a French-Canadian filmmaker based in Montreal. She made her directorial debut with her short film Wild Skin, a fantasy drama which has travelled in more than 50 festivals and won numerous awards, including a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Drama and a Prix Iris nomination at the 19th Quebec Cinema Award. In 2017, she directed Littles Waves, which had its world premiere at TIFF and its international premiere at the Berlinale. She is also known for her short film The Depths (2019) followed by Shooting Star (2020), which both had their world premiered at TIFF and their Quebec premiere at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema. With Shooting Star, she won a dozen awards and was nominated for a Prix Iris nomination at the 22th Quebec Cinema Award. Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person, is her first feature film.