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Sand Castle

Written by Pierre Oscar Levy | Illustrated by Frederick Peeters | Translated by Nora Mahony | May 2013
Sand Castle
Self Made Hero | May 2013

Early morning on a perfect summer's day, people begin to descend on an idyllic, secluded beach. Amongst their number, a family, a young couple, a refugee and some American tourists. Its fine white sand is fringed with rock pools filled with crystal clear water. The beach is sheltered from prying eyes by green-fringed cliffs that soar around the cove. But this utopia keeps a dark secret.

A woman's body is found floating in the waters, which brings these thirteen strangers together to try and unravel the riddle of the sands and escape the beach alive in this tense, fantastical mystery.

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Pierre Oscar Levy is a documentary director and winner of a Palm D’Or for his short film at the Cannes Film Festival. He is currently working on a film adaptation of the graphic novel Blue Pills.


Article originally published by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States on frenchculture.org.

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