Oble presents ‘The Firebrands’, a miniseries set in the 1970s based on Swiss graphic novels

Oble has acquired the international distribution rights to “The Firebrands,” a five-part series adapted from Camille Rebetez’s Swiss graphic novel saga.

Directed by Delphine Lehericey (“The Last Dance”), the five-part drama has been commissioned by RTS, the Swiss national broadcaster and is set to premiere in 2023. “The Firebrands” is produced by well-established banners Box Productions and Between Chien. et loup.

The drama begins in the early 1970s in the Swiss countryside, where three friends, Lulu, Chiara and Joe, are on the brink of adulthood and dream of building a world of freedom and equality, where no one is left behind. As the hippie wave ignites youth everywhere and hard drugs make their way into their conservative village, the trio witness the damage of excess and addiction.

Co-written by Rebetez along with Joanne Giger, Aurélie Champagne and Olivier Volpi, “The Firebrands” follows Lulu, Chiara and Joe through the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, from youthful rebellion, passionate idealism to adulthood when they destroy old ways of thinking and living to erect new ones, put their dreams into practice and build a pioneering shelter for drug addicts.

Along with the series “The Firebrands”, Box Productions and RTS also co-produced the one-hour documentary, “Addictions”, which examines the Swiss drug crisis that inspired “The Firebrands”. The document also explores the country’s later innovative and radical drug policy, which is now widely implemented. Switzerland’s “four pillar model” (prevention, treatment, harm reduction and law enforcement) has been credited with reducing the country’s overdose deaths by 50% and new heroin users by 80% between 1991 and 2010.

“In the hands of Delphine Lehericey, ‘The Firebrands’ shines with life on screen,” said Katia Sol, co-founder of Oble. Through the eyes of each character, we experience crucial social changes in three decades that have shaped the world today, particularly the consequences of addiction not only for the individual but also for their community, friends and family, and the importance to hold on to your dreams. .”

Elena Tatti of Box Productions said, “‘The Firebrands’ is so much more than a coming-of-age story, it’s a heartwarming, funny and moving saga that celebrates universal themes of friendship, history, family and home.”

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