Online Film Club: Fantastic Planet

Online Film Club: Fantastic Planet

Saturday, April 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Free for members / $5 Non-members
This event is ONLINE - zoom links will be emailed following registration

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La Vague Bizarre – Watching the weird stuff

Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered. Join us for a laid-back, weekly discussion of classic films, as we explore the weirder side of the French canon. This ain’t your grandma’s Godard! (although I guess technically it could have been).

So here’s how we’ll do it – each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Monday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some historical context, potential discussion points to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Saturday at 2 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

Since we’ll be having our meetings over zoom, the group size will be limited to 10 registrants. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online. 

Our first meeting, taking place Saturday, April 11 at 2 PM will be on...

Fantastic Planet / La Planète Sauvage

Available to rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes

Our planète sure feels pretty sauvage lately, n’est-ce pas? Well, I can guarantee you that Rene Laloux had an even weirder vision of humanity than what we’re living through now. Feeling as timely now as when it was released in 1973, this cult classic piece of animated science fiction is eerie, funny, and a probing reflection on our relationship to the natural world. Check out Laloux’s haunting opus and check back in with us on Saturday! 

Questions to consider while watching:

  • How does the art style relate to the overall mood of the film? If you had to describe that mood in one word, what would you choose?
  • This film has been interpreted as a critique of our treatment of animals and the environment, but also as critique of colonialism. Do you agree with one of these interpretations, or both? Do these interpretations work together, or against each other?
  • Who is this film’s antagonist, in your opinion?
  • Compare the role of humans in this film to that of humans in other prominent pieces of scifi from its era (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Invasion of the Body Snatchers). What are some commonalities or differences? What might this reflect on an existential level?