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by Nicolas Vanier


Our story takes place high up in the alps. There where the snow is immaculate, where chamois chase marmots, where the summits touch the clouds. High up in a peaceful village - until the day the Germans arrive. It's the story of a lonely boy and a wild dog. The story of Sébastien who tames Belle. It's the adventure of an indestructible friendship. It's the extraordinary tale of a resourceful and appealing child in the middle of World War Two. It's the odyssey of a little boy searching for his mother, of an old man searching for his past, of a member of the Resistance searching for love, of a young woman looking for adventure, of a German lieutenant searching for forgiveness. It's the life of Belle and Sébastien…

original title: Belle et Sébastien
country: France
sales agent: Gaumont
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Nicolas Vanier
film run: 98'
release date: FR 18/12/2013, BE 18/12/2013, DE 19/12/2013, HU 19/12/2013, IT 23/01/2014
screenplay: Fabien Suarez, Juliette Sales, Nicolas Vanier
cast: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Margaux Chatelier, Dimitri Storoge, Andreas Pietschmann, Urbain Cancelier
cinematography by: Eric Guichard
art director: Sébastian Birchler
costumes designer: Adélaïde Gosselin
music: Armand Amar
producer: Clément Miserez, Frédéric Brillion, Gilles Legrand
production: Radar Films, Epithète Films, Gaumont
distributor: Gaumont Distribution, Ascot Elite Home Entertainment GmbH, Notorious Pictures, Belga Films SA


main awards/selection

Festival du Film Francophone d'Angoulême 2013 
Grand Lyon Film Festival 2013 

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