Belle et Sébastien, l'aventure continue: A franchise is born
by Fabien Lemercier
- Shooting is about to get under way for the second instalment of the box-office smash, produced by Radar Films, Epithète Films and Gaumont
Belle et Sébastien [+see also:
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Written by Juliette Sales and Fabien Suarez (and still in the same vein as the original series by Cécile Aubry), the story begins in September 1945. In the village, people have been celebrating the end of the war. Sébastien has grown up – he is now ten years old. He and Belle can’t wait for Angelina to come back... But Angelina never returns. She has disappeared in a plane crash in the middle of the trans-alpine forest. The whole village has given up hope. The whole village apart from César, that is: Sébastien’s grandfather knows a man who may be able to help them find Angelina again. But before they save the young woman, the young boy and his dog will have to brave countless dangers, undergo countless ordeals and face up to a secret – a secret that is set to change Belle and Sébastien’s lives forever...
At the helm of the production once again are Clément Miserez for Radar Films, and duo Frédéric Brillion and Gilles Legrand for Epithète Films, with Gaumont serving as a co-producing partner, distributor for France and the international sales agent. The shoot for Belle et Sébastien, l'aventure continue will wrap on 17 October.
(Translated from French)