By Christophe GANS

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Drama - Completed 2012

“Beauty and the Beast” is Christophe Gans’ adaptation of the original version of Madame de Villeneuve’s tale which until now has never been adapted for the screen.

& Awards

Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2014
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama, Romance
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 25 - 50 M$
    • Director(s)
    • Christophe GANS
    • Writer(s)
    • Christophe GANS, Sandra VO-ANH
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • "Beauty and the Beast" is the adaptation of a story by Madame de Villeneuve. Published anonymously in 1740 as "La Jeune Amériquaine et les contes marins", it paints a portrait of Belle, a joyful and touching young girl who falls in love with the Beast, a cursed creature in search of love and redemption. In 1760, a condensed children's version was published. It was from this version that Jean Cocteau and then Walt Disney drew their famous adaptations. Overshadowed, the original version by Madame de Villeneuve has never been adapted for the screen... until now!
      "Beauty and the Beast" is the story of a family going through a crisis, having lost all of its possessions when the father was ruined. The encounter -- at first terrifying, but then voluptuous -- with this mythical Beast provides our characters with an opportunity to get back on their feet. I like to think that this film is a metaphor for the situation that is currently afflicting the world. That is one of the advantages of fairy tales, to present an ensemble of values that endure through the ages. "Beauty and the Beast" speaks, among other things, of the power of dreams and love over materialism and corruption -- a theme more topical now than ever. It was time to pay tribute to Madame de Villeneuve's story: an amazingly contemporary tale, in which the poem of love is also a message of hope.
      Christophe Gans