Fantastic Planet (La Planète sauvage)
Saturday Apr 15 07:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Film:
Part of Cinémathèque Française 2017
Directed by René Laloux. France/Czechoslovakia. 1973. 72 min. French with English subtitles.
Admission is FREE. Enjoy a reception with complimentary wine before the screening of the film.
No other film has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.
Read the A.V. Club review.