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Rooftop Cinema: Fantastic Planet

  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art 227 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

In 1973 René Laloux’s Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage) won the Cannes Grand Prix, barely 11 years after Algeria gained independence from the French following more than a century of colonization. Laloux’s animated science fiction drama tells a story of conflict between two groups, the Traags and Oms, with the former exercising total control over the latter primarily because their bodies are significantly larger, but also because they have greater access to education and information. While the plot can be projected onto anything from racism to animal abuse, Fantastic Planet is, at its core, a tale of oppression and class conflict. This, perhaps, prompted the film’s critical acclaim in light of the recent Algerian Revolution, by humanizing (or at least Om-inizing) the experience of colonization. Alain Goraguer’s original score is just as good as the film itself, touting lines of jazz fusion and French psych rock as it works alongside on-screen action in supreme heady fashion. Between the score, writing, and Roland Topor’s surreal animation, Fantastic Planet sits high in the canon of woke tripper classics. It screens here to open MMoCA's Rooftop Cinema: Dystopian Futures series. —Zack Stafford

Earlier Event: June 2
Big Neck Fest (multiple venues)
Later Event: June 2
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