Detroit Film Theatre


TALES OF THE NIGHT

Friday, October 04, 2013

8:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(France/2011—directed by Michel Ocelot) 

Tales of the Night is renowned animation auteur Michel Ocelot (Azur & Asmar)'s first foray into 3D animation. A hit at the Berlin Film Festival, the film extends the earlier shadow puppet style of Ocelot’s Princes and Princesses, with black silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns – the subtle use of 3D creating a diorama-like effect. A sophisticated modern tribute to Lotte Reiniger’s pioneering visual style as showcased in her 1926 classic The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the film weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot’s storytelling, history blends with fairytale as viewers are whisked off to enchanted lands full of dragons, werewolves, captive princesses, sorcerers, and enormous talking bees - and each fable ends with its own ironic twist. In French with English subtitles. (84 min.)  

"Instantly timeless. A triumph!" –Variety  

"Transcends the boundaries of animation!" –Cahiers du Cinema  

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