Sugar and Stars
French Film Festival 2023
Sugar and Stars (“À la belle étoile”), an inspirational drama based on the true story of an underdog who became a famed pastry chef.
The film marks the feature debut of Sébastien Tulard, who has directed several shorts and worked as assistant director on hit French comedies such as Tarek Boudali’s “30 jours max,” Frank Gastambide’s popular show “All The Way Up,” Dany Boon’s “Supercondriaque” and Philippe Lacheau’s “Babysitting.”
Penned by Cédric Ido, “Sugar and Stars” is based on Yazid Ichemrahem’s autobiographical book “Un rêve d’enfant étoilé.” The story revolves around Yazid, who spends his childhood moving from one foster home to another while dreaming of becoming a pastry chef. Nothing predestines him for such a career, but Yazid’s fierce determination and resourcefulness allow him to thrive in the elitist arena of patisserie. Working for the world’s top chefs from Paris to Monaco, Yazid sets off to win the international pastry championship.
Up-and-comer Riadh Belaïche, an Algeria-born French influencer known as Just Riadh, who has 5.5 million followers on TikTok, stars in the film alongside Loubna Abidar and Pascal Legitimus.
“Yazid’s story is not about destiny — it’s a message of hope. He persevered despite the many obstacles he faced. I love portraying that on the big screen,” said Lascary, adding that that film will likely leave audiences “feeling light-hearted and motivated.”