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'Fantastic Planet' to screen Nov. 12-15 at
UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 30, 2009

poster for Fantastic PlanetEAU CLAIRE — Animation, philosophy and surrealism combine in "Fantastic Planet" (France-Czechoslovakia 1973), an underground masterpiece that will screen Nov. 12-15 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate will present the film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

The story is set on a futuristic planet where two races have evolved. The giant blue Draags are the ruling class, subjugating the primitive Oms, human-like beings who are kept as domesticated pets. The social order is disturbed when one of the Oms accidentally receives an education and encourages the others to demand equality. Inspired by the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, the allegory won the grand prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.

"Fascinating depth and imagination, humor and pathos underline a fine adventure story," wrote film critic Judith Crist.

"The technique itself is fascinating," wrote The New York Times. "Instead of using the traditional method of drawing on acetate, the ingenious producers have sketched on cut-out and hinged paper. This comparative stiffness of movement, instead of the usual animated flash, gives a dignity and eerie depth to an adaptation by directors René Laloux and Roland Topor of Stefan Wul's novel, 'Oms en série.' The story itself is a sci-fi honey."

The 72-minute film is rated PG.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. IFS memberships are available at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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