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U.S. Theatrical Premeire Revival
(LA PLANÈTE SAUVAGE)
Grand Prix Cannes Film Fest
"Don't expect cartoon cutesy here: The focus is closer to Dali than Disney, with a touch of Che Guevara thrown in." -Wired
"Laloux's film is a provocative foray into the psychology of state-sponsored terror...it is difficult to watch any scene without being aware of its symbolic and metaphorical
potential." -Senses of Cinema
"This is somber, dead-earnest stuff" -New York Times
"A theremin-toned time capsule...Although the visuals are worth the ticket alone,
Fantastic Planet also crackles with emotional and political resonance" -Village Voice
½ "Spellbinding" -Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A welcome respite from slick Disney product and countless shoddy imitators." -The Onion
René Laloux's extraordinary animated classic, based on the book Om en Serie by
Stefan Wul, is presented here in its original aspect ratio, digitally remastered for optimum
picture and sound. A wildly inventive fantasy, Fantastic Planet is the tale of a race
of humanoid creatures called Oms, fighting for their freedom from the giant, blue-skinned
Traags, who keep the Oms as pets. A group of rebel Oms travel to a strange planet where they
try to uncover the secret of the Traags' existence. The film, which won the Grand Prix Award
at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, boasts a truly distinctive animation style that has earned
admiration throughout the world.
Directed by René Laloux, Czechoslovakia/France, 1973,
72 mins. In French with English subtitles.
This screening will also include Laloux's short film, Les Escargots (The
Snails) (1965, 10 mins.), a horror story of a town overrun by gigantic snails, made in
collaboration with surrealist writer Roland Topor.