SILENT HILL director brings his Gothic vision of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to the US.
Christophe Gans, the visionary French director behind the films BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF and SILENT HILL, won acclaim for his lush, dark 2014 re-imagining of the classic fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a variation on the brilliant 1946 Jean Cocteau film LA BELLE ET LA BETE. But as beloved as the movie was in Europe, no US release was to be had. Until now…
Shout!Factory and Pathé International have entered into an exclusive film deal to distribute BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in America. including theatrical, video on-demand, digital, broadcast and home entertainment for cross-platform releases. The distributor plans a strategic roll-out of the movie in theaters, across all major entertainment platforms and in all packaged media (Blu-ray/DVD).
Here’s the official synopsis:
After the wreck of his ships, a financially-ruined merchant (André Dussollier) exiles himself in the countryside with his six children. Among them is Belle (Léa Seydoux), his youngest daughter, a joyful girl full of grace. One day, during an arduous journey, the merchant stumbles across the magical domain of the Beast (Vincent Cassel), who sentences him to death for stealing a rose.
Feeling responsible for the terrible fate which has befallen her family, Belle decides to sacrifice herself and take her fathers place. At the Beasts castle, it is not death that awaits Belle, but a strange life in which fantastical moments mingle with gaiety and melancholy. Every night, at dinner, Belle and the Beast sit down together.
They learn about each other, taming one another like two strangers who are total opposites. When she has to repulse his amorous advances, Belle tries to pierce the mysteries of the Beast and his domain. And when night falls, the Beasts past is revealed to her bit by bit in her dreams. It is a tragic story, which tells her that this solitary and fearsome being was once a majestic prince. Armed with her courage, ignoring every danger, and opening her heart, Belle manages to release the Beast from his curse. And in doing so, she discovers true love.
While not a horror movie outright, Gans’ is an artist who brings horror and designer, Gothic dread to all of his fevered film dreams. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is no exception.
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