Sleeping Beauty, by Ado Arrietta

In 2000, Egon the young prince of the Kingdom of Letonia spends his time playing drums and making pictures. He has only one thing in mind: go into the Kingdom of Kentz, where the time has stood still since 19th century, find the Sleeping Beauty and break the spell. But his father, the King, doesn’t believe in fairy tales and will do everything to stop him. With the help of Maggie Jerkins, a mysterious Unesco archaeo-logist, Egon will carry out his plan.

The new film by Ado Arrietta with Niels Schneider, Mathieu Amalric, Ingrid Caven, Agathe Bonitzer and Serge Bozon.



Born in Madrid in 1942, he moves to France in 1967, where he shoots his first short films. Regarded in Europe as a pioneer of underground cinema, strongly supported by Warhol, Duras and Enrique Vila-Mats, he takes inspiration in a poetic langage and a world of marvellous characters straddled between fantasy and reality, very close to the works of Jean Cocteau. He made a mark in the 1970s with films such as Le jouet criminel with Jean Marais, Les intrigues de Sylvia Couski in 1974 (which received the Grand Prize for « Different Cinema » in Toulon), Flammes in 1978 or Grenouilles in 1983. He is still working today, and has produced many mid-lenght and shorts, as well as works for Spanish television. In 2012, Capricci published a book of his interviews by Philippe Azoury, Un morceau de ton rêve. Ungerground Paris-Madrid, 1966-1995.


See also: Selected shorts by Adolfo Arrietta (1966-2009)

  • L’Imitacion del angel (short, 1968)
  • El crimen de la Pirindola (short, 1969)
  • Le jouet criminel (short, 1969)
  • Pointilly (short, 1972)
  • Le château de Pointilly (short, 1972)
  • Les intrigues de Sylvia Couski (1974)
  • Tam Tam (short, 1976)
  • Flammes (1978)
  • Grenouilles (short,1983)
  • Kiki (short, 1989)
  • Merlin (short, 1990)
  • Eco y Narciso (short, 2004)
  • Vacanza Permanente (short, 2006)
  • Bunuelino cocktail (short, 2009)


  • Rotterdam 2017 – Signatures section
  • Belfort 2016
  • Sevilla 2016




  • Production: Paraiso Production Diffusion
  • Coproduction: Pomme Hurlante Films
  • Distribution: Capricci Films
  • Country: France, Spain
  • Langage: French
  • Director: Ado Arrietta
  • Editing: Ado Arrietta
  • Producers: Nathalie Trafford, Eva Chillon
  • Cast: Niels Schneider, Agathe Bonitzer, Cécile Kiffer, Serge Bozon, Mathieu Amalric, Ingrid Caven
  • Photography: Thomas Favel, Yannig Willmann
  • Sound: Mathieu Descamps, Alexandre Hecker, Christophe Vingtrinier
  • Music: Benjamin Esdraffo, Ronan Martin
  • Settings: Erwan Le Floc’h, Chus Burés
  • Costumes: Justine Pearce
  • Makeup: Fanny Fallourd
  • Script: Annick Reipert
  • Producer assistants: Benjamin Lanlard, Camille Genaud