Dogman – Preview

The latest film from Luc Besson – the visionary filmmaker of The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita and the Transporter series – Dogman won the Graffetta d’Oro for Best Film at the 2023 Venice Film Festival. It’s extraordinary, intense and heartfelt – everything you’d expect from the unique and uncompromising mind of Besson.

As a child, Doug’s abusive father made him live in the family kennel, where he developed a strong bond with the dogs. As a wheelchair-bound adult, he is a loner, running a stray dogs’ home, and pursuing his love of theatre and cabaret. He also helps to right wrongs – with his crack team of canine companions – in the harsh and corrupt city. When the state department suddenly closes down his animal shelter, and a ruthless mobster he has crossed seeks revenge, it looks like a brutal day of bloody reckoning is at hand for Doug and his faithful friends.

Dogman stars Caleb Landry Jones as Doug, a troubled man who finds salvation through his canine friends. The cast also includes Jojo T Gibbs, Christopher Denham, Clemens Schick, and Marisa Berenson. It
features an emotive score by Besson’s longtime collaborator Éric Serra, and filmed by Colin Wandersman, Dogman features production design by César award winner Hugues Tissandier.

Dogman is in UK cinemas from the 11th of March.

John McArthur
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