Anurag Kashyap & Vikas Bahl to remake award-winning French film 'La Famille Bélier'

Directed by Eric Lartigau, the film, which released in 2014, received both critical acclaim and commercial success.

Directed by Eric Lartigau, the film, which released in 2014, received both critical acclaim and commercial success.
Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films today announced an interesting project to remake the hugely popular French film, 'La Famille Belier,' in multiple Indian languages simultaneously. The social drama is currently in the scripting and pre-production stage. Reliance Entertainment will distribute it globally.

Directed by Eric Lartigau, the film, which released in 2014, received both critical acclaim and commercial success. Written by Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carre de Malberg, Eric Lartigau and Thomas Bidegain, it tells the story of a girl (played by Louane Emera) who wants to pursue singing. Her parents and brother, who are unable to hear or speak and rely on her for contact with the outside world, take the news badly. The girl hates the idea of letting them down, but she can't give up her dream and hence faces a dilemma.

The original French movie, produced by Jerico and Mars Films along with other co-producers, bagged several awards. It won the prestigious 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 at the Lumiere Awards in 2015. Anurag Kashyap, an ardent admirer of French cinema who was also given the prestigious 'Knight of the Order of Arts & Letters' in France, is penning the script. He says, "This is truly a great story to work on. I really liked the film. With appropriate changes in sensibilities and tone, it will become an interesting tale for our audiences."

Vikas Bahl, who is developing the subject in varied languages, states, "At its heart, 'La Famille Belier' is a story about love and compassion for one's family. It is a beautiful story that will resonate with Indian sensibilities and culture. We want to develop it in multiple languages, so that we reach out to as big an audience as possible."

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