Fear(s) of the Dark (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Fear(s) of the Dark 2007

Peur(s) du noir

Directed by Blutch, Lorenzo Mattotti, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Richard McGuire

This French collection of animated shorts enlist the fevered imaginations of six gifted artists to create an inventive take on our primordial phobias of all things dark.

France In French with English subtitles
78 minutes B&W / DigiBeta

Screenplay

Blutch
,
Charles Burns
,
Pierre di Sciullo
,
Jerry Kramsky
,
Richard McGuire
,
Michel Pirus
,
Romain Slocombe

Editor

Céline Kélépikas

Music

René Aubry
,
Boris Gronemberger
,
Laurent Perez Del Mar
,
George Van Dam

Voices

Aure Atika
,
Arthur H
,
François Creton
,
Guillaume Depardieu
,
Nicole Garcia

Festivals

Rome 2007; Sundance, Rotterdam 2008

Elsewhere

A rare omnibus film that's more than the sum of its parts, this French collection of animated shorts enlists the fevered imaginations of six gifted artists to create an inventive take on our primordial phobias of all things dark. Rhythmic and sketchy, Blutch's vignette of a Victorian marquis terrorising people with his hounds reminds us of the textural power of the pencil. Marie Caillou nods to manga with her phantasmagoric story of a Japanese schoolgirl forced to relive her shocking past at the hands of an evil shrink. Lorenzo Mattotti's segment is a beautifully atmospheric tale about the eerie disappearances in a rural village. Charles Burns' Cronenbergian romance reproduces those icky, dread-filled feelings one gets from reading his graphic novels. Perhaps the creepiest is Richard McGuire's haunted house yarn, a master class in suggestive monochrome rendering that outspooks most modern horrors. — AY