Reliance Entertainment, Phantom Films to remake French movie

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment has joined hands with Phantom Films to remake popular French film “La Famille Belier” in multiple Indian languages simultaneously.

The project, which will tell the story of a girl and her desire to pursue her dream to sing, is currently in the scripting and pre-production stage, read a statement issued on Saturday.

Directed by Eric Lartigau, the French film was initially released in 2014, and received wide critical acclaim and commercial success.

Written by Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carre de Malberg, Lartigau and Thomas Bidegain, the film tells the story of a girl who lives with her parents and brother, each of whom are unable to hear or speak, and discovers that she has the gift of singing, which she wants to pursue.

Anurag Kashyap, who has long been an admirer of French cinema, is currently working on the script.

Kashyap said: “’La Famille Belier’ is a great story to work on. I really liked the film and feel that with appropriate changes in sensibilities and the tone, it will become a very interesting story for our audiences.”

On the other hand, Vikas Bahl is working on developing the subject into multiple languages.

He said: “’La Famille Belier’, at heart, is a story about love and compassion for one’s family. We feel it is a beautiful story that will resonate with Indian sensibilities and culture, and we want to develop it in multiple languages, so that we reach out to as big an audience as possible.”

Reliance Entertainment will distribute the film globally.

The film will also touch upon the obstacles the girl faces in her journey when fer family, which relies on her for contact with the outside world, doesn’t receive the news positively. The girl hates the idea of letting down her parents and her brother, but she loves singing, and goes through a painful dilemma.

“La Famille Belier” won Cesar Awards 2015 in the category of Most Promising Actress (Louane Emera), besides getting nominated for Best Film, Best Actress (Karin Viard), Best Actor (Francois Damiens) and Best Supporting Actor (Eric Elmosnino).

Apart from nominations in the European Film Awards and Globes de Cristal Awards, it also won Best Actress and Most Promising Young Actress in Lumiere Awards in 2015.

The original French film is produced by Jerico and Mars Films along with other co-producers.

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