THE WOLF AND THE LION
LE LOUP ET LE LION
Feature filmsDocumentariesFamilyEnglish subtitlesGilles DE MAISTRE
“Their brotherly bond was remarkable. It shows that canine and feline can be friends, even closer than friends. And if these two natural enemies can be brothers it means everyone can, which in these troubled times is an important message to reflect upon.” Gilles de Maistre, Director
The movie as seen by Gilles de Maistre
Following her grandfather’s death, 20-year-old pianist, Alma (Molly Kunz), returns to her childhood home on an island in Canada. While on the island her life is turned upside down when she rescues a wolf pup and a lion cub. As the animals grow, all three form an inseparable bond, but their world soon collapses when their secret idyll is discovered. The lion is captured and sent to a travelling circus and the wolf is taken by scientists for research. The wolf is determined to find his lion brother and to bring their family back together. Once reunited, they undertake an extraordinary adventure across Canada against all odds to find Alma.
Director’s notes- excerpt
De Maistre was working alongside ‘The Lion Whisperer’ Kevin Richardson, who was responsible for looking after the animals on set and keeping the cast and crew safe on Mia and the White Lion. Andrew Simpson a world-renowned animal trainer, took an interest in Richardson and de Maistre’s work and flew to South Africa at de Maistre’s invitation.
One night the three of them were discussing their work and they struck upon the idea that, to their knowledge, there had never been a film that featured a wolf and lion together at the same time.
“We started to think we were on to something, and began throwing around ideas,” says de Maistre. “I relayed them to Prune my wife who wrote the screenplay, and we were off.
The art of the movie is in seeing these two mythic predators on screen together, showing how, although natural enemies, they could become brothers. The most important thing for us was that this was real, that we would not use VFX. Their relationship had to have a truth.”
|Director||Gilles DE MAISTRE.|
|Cast||Molly KUNZ, Graham GREENE and Charles CARRICK.|
|Screenplay||Prune DE MAISTRE.|
|Production||Mai Juin Productions, Galatée Films, Studio Canal, Les productions WE Matin and M6 Films.|