51 years later, this sci-fi film with its unique concept remains a timeless classic: it returns to the cinema

51 years later, this sci-fi film with its unique concept remains a timeless classic: it returns to the cinema
51 years later, this sci-fi film with its unique concept remains a timeless classic: it returns to the cinema

Culture news 51 years later, this sci-fi film with its unique concept remains a timeless classic: it returns to the cinema

Published on 05/08/2024 at 4:30 p.m.

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He caused a sensation in 1973 and he returns to our dark rooms to enlighten us with his pretty pastel colors.

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Released in 1973, La Planète Sauvage is an animated sci-fi film directed by René Laloux (Les Maîtres du temps, Gandahar). And he’s coming back to our cinemas! Inspired by the novel “Oms in series” by Stefan Wul, the feature film tells the story of Terr, a child who is adopted by Yiwa, a Draag, namely a gigantic humanoid with blue skin and red eyes. The little boy grows up, unlike of Tiwa, the growth being different between that of men and Draags He flees and will experience many adventures.

Written by René Laloux and Roland Topor, La Planète Sauvage develops ecological and political themes which were not usual in animated cinema then considered only aimed at children, in the 1970s. On the technical side, the film was made by the Jiří Trnka studios of Krátký Film in Prague based on the drawings of Roland Topor and is based on the cut-out technique. In total, 25 people worked for more than three years on a rendering that was out of the ordinary at the time of its release..

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Awarded the special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and having won a Saint-Michel in Brussels in 1974, La Planète Sauvage made a strong impression. He also managed to win the international jury prize at the Trieste festival and won the gold medal at the Atlanta festival. The feature film, restored in 2016, has been back in certain French cinemas since May 1. Enough to (re)discover the work of René Laloux in the best possible conditions. And if you don’t want to travel but still want to see what’s so special about this animated film, you can always rent it through the Arte VOD. By remaining quietly at home for the 72 minutes he presents to you.

La Planète Sauvage is directed by René Laloux with a screenplay by Roland Topor based on the novel by Stefan Wul. Alain Goraguer takes care of the music, while on the production studio side, we find Les films Armorial, the ORTF Research Department and Československý Filmexport.

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