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Fear(s) of the dark

Director: Blutch , Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire, Pierre di Sciullo

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

Institute History

  • 2008 Sundance Film Festival

Description

Spiders' legs brushing against naked skin. Unexplained noises in the dark. A hypodermic needle getting closer and closer. A dead thing trapped in a bottle of formaldehyde. A growling dog running and on the hunt. A big empty house creaking . . . Six amazing graphic artists and cartoonists lend their distinctive hands to stylize these dark nightmares with no color, only black, white, and gray.

With ultrarealistic techniques now possible, it is important to remember that animation is first and foremost art. Whether slick or rough, paint or pencil, or even originating from a computer, there is an image carefully hand designed for every single frame of film. It is the ultimate work of a creator, personally using the drawn frame, chiaroscuro contrast, the angle of the light, and the line movement to tell a story. But it is also the duration of a shot, and what is and isn’t heard. It is the style of the art and the art of the storytelling that make Fear(s) of the dark so wonderful. Since they come from the artists' own phobias, you can trust a loving exploration into the surreal atmosphere of your creepiest dreams. As your emotions get worked over, you won’t jump up; you will sink in.

— Mike Plante

Screening Details

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