THE BOY WHO BELONGED TO THE SEA

L'IGUANE

By In DISCUSSION

THE WHITE LOTUS PICTURE COMPANY - as PROD

Drama - Development 2022

When a tragic accident puts his mother into a coma, a 12-year-old boy must enter a frightening dreamscape on a mission to wake her.

    • Year of production
    • 2022
    • Genres
    • Drama, Book adaptation, First film
    • Countries
    • CANADA, FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • FRENCH, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Director(s)
    • In DISCUSSION
    • Writer(s)
    • Geoff DUPUY-HOLDER, Savyna DARBY, Denis THERIAULT
    • Producer(s)
    • Savyna DARBY (THE WHITE LOTUS PICTURE COMPANY)
    • Synopsis
    • Set on the rugged north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, 'The Boy who Belonged to the Sea' tells the story of two lonely boys united by grief. Together they take refuge in a magical undersea world of their own creation, searching for a sense of belonging. But for one of them the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur, and the loyalty of his friend is put to the test in a journey that threatens to end in tragedy. 'The Boy Who Belonged to the Sea' is a mix of fantasy, melodrama, looming adolescence and nostalgia. Imagine Heavenly Creatures meets The Shape of Water and My Life as a Dog.

      "Envisaging this remarkable novel as a feature film, I see the potential for a unique and powerfully resonant emotional and imaginative experience, which also possesses huge popular appeal, dealing as it does with adventures, derring-do and the universal need for a sense of belonging and attachment.
      The cinematic touchstones that inspire the approach are rich and diverse;
      On its deceptive surface it’s principally a dark coming-of-age story, evoking the folie-a-deux psychological relationship of Peter Jackson’s breakout hit Heavenly Creatures and the off- beat charm, humour and pathos of Lasse Halstrom’s My Life as a Dog. But dig deeper and it’s also a sinister trip into an enigmatic and hallucinatory interior world, (à la Del Toro’s hugely successful Pan’s Labyrinth), and in its most fantastical moments it even echoes the mythos and wonder of DC’s Aquaman, as it draws us into a multi-hued and phantasmagorical undersea realm."

    • Partners & financing
    • Looking to Partner and Pitch for Finance in July 2021