La Belle Endormie (The Sleeping Beauty)

de Catherine Breillat


In a far-away time, the witch Carabosse cut newborn Anastasia’s umbilical cord. When three fairies arrived, Carabosse announced: “it is too late, when the girl turns sixteen, she will die”. Saddened, the three fairies managed to achieve that, instead of dying, Anastasia would sleep for a hundred years; but since they knew that sleeping could be boring, they found a way for the girl to be able to amuse herself in her dreams. Along with Barbe Bleue also present Festival, Catherine Breillat doubles up on stories with this mythical children’s tale by Perrault turned into a fantasy for grown-ups.


Catherine Breillat

Bressuire, 1948. She was an actress in movies like The Last Tango in Paris (72) and screenwriter for films like And the Ship Sails On (83) or Police (85). A controversial filmmaker, she debuted with Une vraie jeune fille (75) and took the big leap to the international showcase with the film scandal Romance (99).

Technical information

Edition: 2011
Section: Noves Visions - Ficció
Original language: French