Belle dormant

  • 82'
  • France
  • 2016

This modern version of the fairytale Sleeping Beauty is set in the year 2000 and situated in the fictional state of Letonia. Egon, a 'perfect prince' who prefers to spend his days bored and playing his drum set, goes looking for Sleeping Beauty in defiance of his father in the overgrown, enchanted forest of the Kingdom of Kentz. She fell into a deep sleep a century ago after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel, just as a wicked fairy (cult actress Ingrid Caven) had predicted.
For the scenes set in 1900, veteran director Adolfo Arrieta (1942) imitates the slightly faded and magical palette of early colour photography. He is both slightly ironic – one of the good fairies works for Unesco, restoring ruins – and deadly serious. The idea that it might not be all that bad to have slept through the entire, violent twentieth century is also challenging. In the meantime, magic has been replaced by technology, is the suggestion of Sleeping Beauty.

Director
Adolfo Arrieta
Countries of production
France, Spain
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
82'
Medium
DCP
International title
Sleeping Beauty
Language
French
Producers
Nathalie Trafford / Paraíso Production Diffusion, Eva Chillon / Pomme Hurlante Films, Eva Chillon
Production Companies
Paraíso Production Diffusion, Pomme Hurlante Films
Sales
Capricci Films
Cinematography
Thomas Favel
Editor
Adolfo Arrieta
Production Design
Erwan Le Floc'h
Music
Benjamin Esdraffo, Ronan Martin
Cast
Niels Schneider, Agathe Bonitzer, Mathieu Amalric, Tatiana Verstraeten, Serge Bozon, Ingrid Caven, Nathalie Trafford
Website
http://www.capricci-international.com/films/2016-2/sleeping-beauty-by-adolfo-arrietta/