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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Le Pays du chien qui chante

Fortnight 2002, Feature film, 1h35

Synopsis

Tôyô and Yoshiko Mahiru, two Japanese scientists, move into a village in a heavily wooded part of the Jura Mountains. Tôyô, a musicologist, is looking for a singing dog ; his wife is conducting a study into ancient religious settlements in France and Japan. They have brought everything with them – tatamis, dried seaweed and portraits of ancestors – so they inevitably spark the curiosity of the locals. Tôyô quickly becomes obsessed with an unseemly, pressing and almost insane idea : noticing a young villager’s interest in his wife, he sees a way of giving his childless marriage a descendant. He secretly arranges his own disappearance to allow the young man to be with his wife.

Director

Yann Dedet

Born in 1946, Yann Dedet had 6 years of on-the-job training in film editing. Since 1971, he has edited films by French major directors, from François Truffaut to Jean-François Stévenin, Maurice Pialat, Claire Denis Philippe Garrel, Laurence Ferreira-Barbosa, Cédric Kahn, Sébastien Lifschitz. He has also directed one film for television, two shorts, and written four screenplays. This film marks his feature film directing debut.

Dominique Piard
Gen Shimaoka
Jules Dedet
Katsuko Nakamura

Screenplay
Yann Dedet, Stéphane Bouquet

Image
Nathalie Durand

Sound
Yolande Decarsin

Editing
Mathilde Muyard

Set decoration
Christophe Offret

Production :
Gilles Sandoz Maïa Films
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75010 Paris, France
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fax : 33 (0)1 53 72 84 01
maiafilms@maiafilms.com 

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Ventes à l’étranger :
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Presse française et internationale :
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