Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet

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Closing Night Retro

Fantastic Planet

Directed by: René Laloux

France/Czechoslovakia, 1973, 72m

In French and Czech with English subtitles

Nothing else 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 classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence and is an often-cited work in the fight against racism and the struggle for human rights. This year, the Florida Film Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of this counterculture landmark with a special closing night screening.