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Shooting wraps on Maury and Bustillo’s vampire tale Livide

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Today is the last day of shooting in Brittany on Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s second feature: Livide. After terrorising audiences at Cannes Critics’ Week 2007 and the Toronto Film Festival the same year with Inside [+see also:
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, the two directors are at it again with a macabre tale centred on a vampire, at the crossroads between horror and fantasy.

The cast of the film (a first promo-reel of which was screened at the American Film Market) includes famous dancer-choreographer Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Catherine Jacob (Thelma, Louise and Chantal [+see also:
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), Béatrice Dalle, Chloé Coulloud (In Mom’s Head [+see also:
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) and two young actors launched in LOL [+see also:
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: Felix Moati and Jeremy Kapone.

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Scripted by Maury and Bustillo, the film is set in present-day Brittany, during the Celtic festival of Samhain. Lucie Clavel, a young nurse, finishes her first round of care at the house of Deborah Jessel (Pietragalla), a bed-bound and immobile old woman, who "makes do with merely breathing".

Lucie finds out that the house, on isolated moorland, contains "fabulous treasure". Attracted by the lure of gain, Lucie convinces her two best friends, Will and Ben, to help her burgle the house. The three accomplices won’t take long to discover the "treasure", as well as Deborah Jessel’s true identity...

According to the directors, Livide explores "one of the founding myths of fantasy culture, that of the vampire, but from a different perspective, that of its profound loneliness in the world of the living and its bottomless despair stemming from a lack of love… Our vampire is above all a cursed being, profoundly human but condemned to darkness."

Produced by Franck Ribière and Vérane Frédiani for La Fabrique 2, Livide was filmed in Paris for the interior shots (from September 20-October 22), then in Brittany for the location shots (mainly in Quimper, Locronan and Rosmeur). It is scheduled to be released theatrically by La Fabrique in the second half of 2011 and international sales are being managed by SND.

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(Translated from French)

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