(2011, France, 84 mins)
Tales of the Night, a hit at the Berlin Film Festival, extends the earlier shadow puppet style of Ocelot’s work, with black silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns. 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. He’s one of contemporary cinema’s great animators, and this tremendous addition to his catalogue has pleasures for children and adults alike.
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