Belle and Sebastian

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France | 2013 | 99 minutes | Nicolas Vanier

March 27 - 29, 2015

Winner of the SIFF 2014 Youth Jury Award for best Films4Families feature, this heartwarming tale is based on the classic French story of a boy and his dog who courageously guide Jewish refugees to safety across the Alps during WW2.

A beloved story since the 1960s television series introduced resourceful young Sebastian and the giant mountain sheepdog he tames and calls Belle, this heartwarming new feature film is set during WWII in the snowy Alps of occupied France, on the border of Switzerland. Sebastian, lonely and dreaming of the day his mother will return from America for him, befriends "the beast" the local farmers are convinced is killing their sheep - an enormous yet gentle sheepdog who quickly becomes the boy's best friend and protector. With Nazis in the village rooting out the resistance fighters helping Jewish refugees cross the border, Belle and Sebastian's loyalty - to each other and the village that's embraced them both - will be put to the test.

Using 35mm film and jaw-dropping scenery from the Haute Maurienne-Vanoise region of France, Belle and Sebastian is a charming homage to the beloved live-action nature films of Disney, but with a pulse-pounding World War II subplot that will thrill audiences of all ages.

  • Original Language Title: Belle et Sébastien
  • Director: Nicolas Vanier
  • Principal Cast: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Mehdi El Glaoui
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Producer: Clément Miserez, Matthieu Warter, Frédéric Brillion, Gilles Legrand
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP