Directed by René Laloux (France, 1973, 72 min.). French with English subtitles.
Special 50th anniversary screening! No film looks or feels quite like director René Laloux’s visually splendid science fiction fable Fantastic Planet. On the distant planet Ygam, massive blue beings (called Draags) have enslaved humans (Oms) and keep them as pets. After an Om named Terr escapes from his gigantic child captor, he’s swept up by a band of radical fellow humans resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this winner of the Grand Prix special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.
Presented in partnership with the Office of the Consulate General of France in Boston and the French Library.