Besson unveils blockbuster Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec
Backed by a huge media campaign and widely acclaimed by critics impressed by the great spectacle it offers, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec [+see also:
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Adapted from two titles in Jacques Tardi’s comic book series (Adèle and the Beast and Mummies on Parade), the director’s ninth narrative feature plunges into 1912 Paris for some incredible adventures in the spirit of the popular serialised fantasy stories of the early 20th century.
A killer pterodactyl, an Egyptian mummy, a mad scientist, a hunter and a police detective all gravitate around the central character, intrepid journalist and female Indiana Jones figure Adèle Blanc-Sec, played by rising star Louise Bourgoin (The Girl From Monaco [+see also:
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One of the film’s strong points is undoubtedly its recreation of Paris in 1912 with a set designed by Hugues Tissandier. "We worked, as we always do, on quite small film set models," explained Besson. "Preparing on small-scale models enables us to better plan the camera angles (..)”
He continued: “Hugues now uses digital to prepare and pre-visualise his film sets. This enables me to take a virtual wander around, plan the shooting axes and narrow down my choices of focal distance well ahead of the shoot. We also save money thanks to this new technology insofar as we reduce the set construction to what will actually be filmed."
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec was produced by EuropaCorp for around €31.44m. The budget included €4.8m in co-production and pre-sale backing from TF1 Films Productions, and a pre-acquisition from Canal +.
(Translated from French)
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