Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person

Vampire humaniste cherche suicidaire consentant

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

Sasha faces a serious problem. She’s a teenage vampire who can’t bring herself to kill. When her family, tired of sharing her blood (or rather, the blood of others), gives her an ultimatum, Sasha’s fate hangs in the balance. Thankfully, she encounters Paul, a solitary young man with suicidal tendencies who also struggles with taking the big plunge. Whoever said there isn't someone for everyone? And yes, you can be certain that this is the most unconventional encounter with vampires you've ever witnessed – a film where its heart beats loudly, but only to its unique rhythm. It uncovers beauty in darkness, humor in the macabre, and romance in the most unexpected of places. If Wes Anderson and Tim Burton were to create a cinematic lovechild, it might bear a striking resemblance to Ariane Louis-Seize’s delightful film. As the title itself implies, it fearlessly embraces contrasts and rejects the mundane.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Ariane Louis-Seize
Script: Ariane Louis-Seize, Christine Doyon
Cinematography: Shawn Pavlin
Editing: Stéphane Lafleur
Sound: Marie-Pierre Grenier, Simon Gervais
Music: Pierre-Philippe Côté
Actors: Sara Montpetit, Félix-Antoine Bénard, Steve Laplante, Sophie Cadieux, Noémie O'Farrell
Production: Art et Essai
Producers: Jeanne-Marie Poulain, Line Sander Egede
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Canada
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 91'
Contact: h264
Awards/Distinctions: Best Director Award (“Giornate degli Autori”) – Venice IFF 2023, RBC Emerging Canadian Artist – Calgary IFF 2023

Ariane Louis-Seize

Ariane Louis-Seize is a Canadian film director and screenwriter from Quebec. She is most noted for her short films Wild Skin, which was a Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Live Action Short Drama at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards and a Prix Iris nominee for Best Short Film at the 19th Quebec Cinema Awards, and Little Waves, which was named to the Toronto International Film Festival’s annual Canada’s Top Ten list in 2018. Her debut feature film, Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person, premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival in 2023, winning the award for Best Director in the Giornate degli Autori program.


2018 Les petites vagues (short)
2019 The Depths (short)
2020 Comme une comète (short)
2023 Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person