IMAGES OF THE FILM
 

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PRESSBOOK, POSTER & CREDITS
 

Pressbook   (download PDF file)

Poster
(40 x 29,7cm)  
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Artistic credits   (download PDF file)
Technical credits   (download PDF file)
Short artistic & technical credits
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PRESS REVIEW

15/09/11

Critiquons ensemble

This film is exceptional in its wealth of genres...

> www.jeconnaisuncritique.hautetfort.com

7/12/09

Pop Syndicate | Angelina Wilson

Fear(s) of the Dark is a unique blend of folksy storytelling with dynamic black and white art that takes you on an 83-minute journey into strange frightmares, phobias and creatures of the night.

> www.popsyndicate.com

4/12/09

Rotten Tomatoes

T-Meter Critics : 73%
Top Critics : 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Community : 81%

> www.uk.rottentomatoes.com
17/11/09

Fatally Yours

The result is simply stunning and there is no doubt that fans of animated horror and comic books will dig this amazing French film.


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09/11/09

horrorthon.blogspot.com | Catfreeek

If you're looking for something different, this is it.


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02/11/09

hollywoodchicago.com | Brian TT

Fear(s) of the Dark dazzles more than scares
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28/10/09

PopMatters | Bill Gibron

Fear(s) of the Dark is special because of its rareness and singularity
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26/10/09

Guru | James van Maanen

This most interesting compilation of stories is artful, often gorgeous to look at, and clever in the manner in which it makes its points and ties things together.

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19/10/09

Allmovie | Jason Buchanan

Inspired by the creeping shadows that lurk in the darkest depths of each artist's psyche, this monochromatic meditation on the things that make us wake up screaming aims to recreate the atmosphere and mood of an actual nightmare.

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3/10/09

Movie Pie

CONTEST : Copies FEAR(S) OF THE DARK on DVD to lucky Moviepie readers !

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24/09/09

Yelp | The Tournées Festival - Boston

Stylistically connected, the stark black-and-white imagery adds a layer of the surreal to the already disturbing subject matter.

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29/08/09

Rotten Tomatoes

T-Meter Critics : 72%
Top Critics : 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Community : 66%
DVD : 88%

> www.uk.rottentomatoes.com
3/08/09

Fangoria | Drew Golburgh

This is where Fear(s) of the Dark is at its best; using the animated form to distort reality, and lights and darks to create shadow where light normally resides, the filmmakers display their talents toward the surreal.

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15/07/09

Aarting

"Fear(s) of the Dark" is inventive and visually dazzling !

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9/07/09

Jawbone.tv

Thrilling, disturbing and haunting…

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8/07/09

Cult projections | Bruno Dante

A title which plays deliciously with both its subject matter and its stylistics

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4/07/09

Examiner.com | Terri Stridsberg

If you like to be spooked by what is implied as much as by what is seen, this is the perfect cinematic treat to curl up with on a cold rainy night...if you dare.

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5/06/09

VueWeekly | Prairie Miller

A worthy ensemble, and something of a master class in minimal storytelling.

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9/05/09

News Blaze | Prairie Miller

Fear(s) Of The Dark […] digs deep into the scariest recesses of the mind.

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29/04/09

Winnipeg Free Press | Randall King

It's worth a gander -- even if you're watching from between your fingers.

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10/03/09

Il Mucchio Selvaggio | Dario Zonta

Intrerview with Lorenzo Mattotti.

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6/03/09

Toronto Sun | Liz Braun

3 stars (out of 5)
The filmmakers have missed very few of the things that scare grownups.

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28/02/09 InDirekt | Irena Levicar

Interview with Marie Caillou at Ljubljana's Kinodvoru, Slovenia.

> article (Google translation)
26/02/09 Dnevnik.si | Spela Štanta

A dream animated epics.
Interview with Marie Caillou at Ljubljana's Kinodvoru, Slovenia.

> article (Google translation)
4/02/09

Télérama | Cécile Mury

T T T
An animation feature about nightmares, as beautiful as dream.

> n° 3082 du 4 fév. 08, p. 131
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19/01/09 Alibi | Devin D. O'Leary

Animated import conjures fear in the abstract.

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19/01/09 Decider Madison

Bush himself didn’t invent “Freedom Fries”—he was too busy thinking up more effective anti-diplomacy methods of alienating Europe, especially those paragons of whatever we hate so much about Europeans, the French. The creepy French animated shorts compiled in Fear(s) Of The Dark (screening through Thursday, Orpheum Theatre) might not help “old Europe” win back America’s affections, but might allow it to take its revenge on our national subconscious..

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16/01/09

The Capital Times | Rob Thomas

I think it was Charlie Brown who first said, "I'm not scared of the dark, I'm scared of what's IN the dark."

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15/01/09 The Grand Rapids Press - mlive.com - Everything Michigan | John Serba

The point of this film is to illuminate how fear doesn't lurk in the shadows but, rather, in our anxious selves.

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7/01/09 Horror

Do not miss it !

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10/12/08 Fort Worth Business press | Michael H. Price

A multiple-artist anthology of animated shorts that owe a great debt of influence to Lovecraft's central assertion: The oldest and strongest emotion is fear, and the oldest and strongest fear is fear of the unknown.

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4/12/08 Eugene Weekly | Jason Blair

Fear(s) is a proud descendant from Tales from the Crypt, setting you up with adolescent humor and romance before knocking you down with impossibly gross or bizarre endings.

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3/12/08 The Other Paper | George Wolf

You'll get goose bumps without really knowing why.

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17/11/08 Toronto-Franco.com | Kam Williams

"Excellent"
An innovative flick which figures to delight fans of the genre.

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14/11/08 Philly Inquirer | Steven Rea

4,5 stars (out of 5)
The film's release is too late for Halloween, but that shouldn't stop anyone who cares about spooky stories - and cutting-edge art and animation.

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7/11/08 Paper Mag | Paul Johnson-Calderon

On a road trip through New England, I stopped at my mother's house. While scrolling through the On-Demand flicks, I stumbled upon Peur(s) du Noir […] a surreal and sublimely scary journey into the dark.

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7/11/08 Metacritic.com
68 out of 100
> Metaritic.com

Rotten Tomatoes
74 out of 100
> www.uk.rottentomatoes.com
5/11/08 The Boston Globe | Ty Burr

Power of suggestion. The black-and-white images are so cutting edge, you could bleed.

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5/11/08 Monsters and Critics | Ron Wilkinson

A great study in black and white graphics.

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3/11/08 Filmoteca de Andalucia

The result possesses a mysterious unit, the secret of a whole revolution of the animation.

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1/11/08 Filmbill | Kristine Kennedy

"Writer Kristine Kennedy talks with artist Charles Burns"
The strength of Fear(s) of the Dark is that it demonstrates so many different ways of telling a story through animation.

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31/10/08 Scorecard Review | Thomas Pardee

Interview with Charles Burns.

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31/10/08 Animation World Magazine | Benoit Guerville and Mirielle Frenette

Pure Terror: The Black-and-White World(s) of Fear(s) of the Dark
The producers and creators of the new French animated feature talk about the transformation of six graphic visions into one artistic frightfest.

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31/10/08 Herald Net | Robert Horton

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this film -- and by how effective the black-and-white is.

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30/10/08 Chicago Time Out | Jonathan Messinger

Cartoonist Charles Burns takes his frightful tale to the big screen.
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4 stars (out of 6)
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30/10/08 San Francisco Chronicle | G. Allen Johnson

A great way to spend an evening this Halloween weekend.

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30/10/08 The Stranger | Brendan Kiley

Easily the smartest, most elegant creep-show of the year.

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29/10/08 Campus Circle | Nick Day

What an absolutely wonderful film !
Special mention of the film score by Laurent Perez. It's perfect, just like the film it
accompanies.

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28/10/08 Seattle Weekly | Aaron Hillis

PICK Fear(s) of the Dark: All Cartoons, All Scary.
This animated Franco-horror anthology is hardly child's play, but a classy interpretation of the eerie dreads hiding in the minds of 10 international graphic artists, all working in ravishing black-and-white.

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26/10/08 Collider.com | Hunter M. Daniels

A must see for horror fans who prefer Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovercraft to Wes Craven and Hershel Gordon Lewis.

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25/10/08 IFMagazine.com | Abbie Bernstein

The look of Fear(s) of the Dark is truly memorable.

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24/10/08 Paste magazine | Sean Gandert

It's probably not the most frightening film of the year, but that's because its monsters hit you in the head rather than the heart.

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24/10/08 New York Post | V.A. Musetto

Six artists, one dark theme, ten nightmares .

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23/10/08 Time Out NY | David Fear

3 stars (out of 6)
[…] Gallic animators have mastered the art of using stark, black-and-white graphics to stunning effect […]

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23/10/08 Cinema Writers

If you're a fan of animation and graphic novels, Fear(s) of the Dark is cause for celebration. It's also equally absorbing for purveyors of experimental cinema, and those of us who revel in German Expressionism, Surrealism, and related avant-garde movements that try to approximate the experience of the subconscious.

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23/10/08 Indie Wire | Interview with Charles Burns

"My goals were to make a strong, entertaining film that emulated my drawing style and succeeded in giving my audience the creeps."

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23/10/08 Animation Magazine | Ryan Ball

If you live in New York, make a point to see the new French animated feature Fear(s) of the Dark.

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23/10/08 Ugo movieblog | Keith Uhlich

A memorable use of the black-and-white extremes of the color spectrum

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22/10/08 The New York Times | Jeanette Catsoulis

Shot in luminous whites, pulsing blacks and gorgeous grays, the stories explore sexual insecurity, rural superstition and sociopolitical anxieties with an inventiveness that’s seldom scary but never less than mesmerizing.

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22/10/08 Film Forward | Jack Gattanella

It’s like a Francophile’s Creepshow, but with more ambition.

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22/10/08 The Onion | Tasha Robinson

These stories are more likely to impress animation buffs than scare horror fans.

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22/10/08 The L Magazine | Henry Stewart

Unusual for an anthology film, Fear(s) of the Dark is not uneven; none of the four spots disappoint.

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22/10/08 Indie Wire | Michael Koresky

A persuasive showcase for a handful of contemporary animators.

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22/10/08 BloodyDisgusting.com | Brad Miska

5 stars (out of 10)
Their intertwined stories make up an unprecedented epic where phobias, disgust and nightmares come to life and reveal Fear at its most naked and intense.

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21/10/08 Shock Til You Drop | Edward Douglas - Feature interview with Charles Burns

Needless to say, it's pretty amazing to see Burns' distinctive vision brought to animated life.

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21/10/08 The Hollywood reporter | Stephen Farber

A tasty potpourri .

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21/10/08 Village Voice | Aaron Hillis

Though multi-director projects are patchy by definition, Fear(s) of the Dark hits with an all-star batting average.

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21/10/08 PaperMag Blogs | Dennis Durmody

The bold, stark, black and white look of it offsets the creepy stories.

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20/10/08 FilmCritic.com | Chris Barsanti

3 stars (out of 5)
Once Burns' film is done, it becomes quickly clear that there won't be much of a unifying theme in Fear(s) of the Dark beyond, well, nightmares.

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20/10/08 Slant Magazine | Nick Schager

4 stars (out of 5)
A collection of superbly wrought black-and-white animated vignettes.

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19/10/08 New Blaze | Prairie Miller

Fear(s) Of The Dark […] digs deep into the scariest recesses of the mind.

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17/10/08 New York Magazine

These six imaginatively conceived black-and-white animated horror films run the range from the wacky to the sublime.

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3/10/08 Little White Lies | Matt Bochenski

it's stylistically impressive, it also works as a dramatic edifice, backed up by a pounding soundtrack from Laurent Perez del Mar. If you're sick of Hollywood's (and, increasingly, the UK's) slick teen horror, Fear(s) of the Dark is a chilling antidote.

> sept./oct. 08 issue article
> Interview with composer Laurent Perez Del Mar.
1/10/08 Write on Film | Marie

Proving that France is a nation creatively and actively pushing the boundaries of animations reception on the big screen.

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29/09/08 Total Film | Jamie Russel

Arty-smarty and impeccably french [….]
Just repeat it's just a cartoon...

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28/09/08 BDzoom.com | Philippe Mellot

Until there, my fear of the dark was bearable, but now I've diped my unconscious into the nightmares of rather unorthodox Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti and Richard McGuire, my electricity bill is going to raise….

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23/09/08 Electric Sheep Magazine | Paul Gravett

Well respected French and American comic artists let out their deepest fears in this daring animated film.
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Interview with Charles Burns, by Virginie Sélavy.
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19/09/08 The Independant | Kaalem Aftab

older audience will be offered an animated choice of Fear(s) of the Dark, Waltz with Bashir and The Spirit.

> du 19 sept. 08
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16/09/08

Point G Magazine | Interview with Lorenzo Mattotti

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13/09/08 France Culture - Mauvais Genres | François Angelier

François Angelier receives Etienne Robial and Blutch.

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10/09/08 L'Écran fantastique | Jean-Pierre Andrevon

A very succesfull anthology of horror films.

> n° 290 - sept. 08
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10/09/08

FilmsActu.com | Yann Rutledge

A true breath of fresh air into the french animation landscape... a DVD edition technically irreprochable and full of bonus.
image mark : 19/20, sound mark : 17/20, bonus mark : 16/20.

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7/09/08 Culturopoing.com | Lu et Ju

Un autre cinéma est possible
Un film [qui] rappelle la transversalité des arts, leur rencontre dans le médium cinéma.

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4/09/08 3DVF.com

Special report "Fear(s) of the dark" including an interview of Etienne Robial and Christophe Jankovic.

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4/09/08 BD Sélection

Indisputably one of the major cinematographic events of 2008.

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4/09/08 Electric Sheep Magazine | Virginie Sélavy

Fear(s) of the Dark offered a multi-faceted approach to our phobias and superbly demonstrated inventive visual and thematic uses of animation

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3/09/08

20 Minutes | Sakuro Uozumi

The DVD edition of Fear(s) of the dark reveals that this animated film […] is not exactly a black and white movie.

> n° 1455 du 3 sept. 08, p.16
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30/08/08 Charente Libre | Alexandre Le Boulc'h

Fear(s) of the dark' DVD available. […] an awesome collective esthetical research that will be broadcasted in every high schools of Poitou-Charentes.

> du 30 août 08
29/08/08 Cinematical | Scott Weinberg

Not exactly a Creepshow-style omnibus, but for genre fans who can appreciate a little culture now and again, I'd call it a very cool little treat. And if you're a big fan of graphic arts or the craft of animation, then I suspect you'll devour this French delicacy with a very large spoon. Plus, best of all, it's creepy!

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29/08/08 France Culture - Minuit/Dix | Aude Lavigne

Aude Lavigne receives Etienne Robial and Marie Caillou from mignight to one am.

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25/08/08 La voix du Nord | Blog of Denis Senié

With this DVD both amateur of animation, cinema, illustration or comic will be happy !

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23/08/08 Glasgow Herald

Interview with Charles Burns at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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22/08/08 DVDcritiques.com

A high quality programme where comics authors explore everybody's nightmares with a rich and amazing creativity.

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17/08/08 Cinéma-France.com | Julien Munoz

A successfull project that anounces clearly its intentions : make you shudder ! Now you know that, will you have enough couage for inserting your DVD in the player ?

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5/08/08 DVD-bonus.com

Sans aucun doute, cette animation bouscule nos repères cinématographiques et nos sens pour mieux nous entraîner dans les pires cauchemars !

Les amoureux de l’animation pourront trouver dans le dvd des bonus très attractifs et complets. A ne pas manquer, les diaporamas des croquis au film.

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25/07/08 Variety

PUCHON, South Korea -- Omnibus animation "Fear(s) of the Dark" from France was picked as the [PiFan] jury's choice.

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24/07/08 The San Diego Union Tribune | Neil Kendricks

Visual visionaries...
Comic-Con will showcase the broad range of worlds 'that comes out of an artist's eye and hand.

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24/07/08 Excessif / DVDrama | David Brami

The edition of the DVD by TF1 Vidéo should be a perfect occasion fore those who missed the screenings...

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23/07/08 Animation Magazine | Ryan Ball

Ottawa Selections Announced
The feature competition will be a showdown between Bill Plympton's Idiots & Angels, the surreal anthology Fear[s] Of The Dark from six international animators/directors, Sita Sings The Blues-a modern animated interpretation of an Indian epic-and director Ari Folman's much-talked-about animated documentary Waltz With Bashir, which retraces the 1982 Lebanon War from a highly personal point of view.

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14/07/08 Cinétrange | Léo

Fear(s) of the dark is an ambitious project […] a small bolard in the history of european animation […]. Just for that, it deserves an ovation.

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9/07/08 Travelling avant | Marc-André Goulet

The whole film is absolutly admirable artistically speaking […]
Each of the six creations is worth it.

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8/07/08 Fangora.com | Ryan Bruce Levey

Other highlights included […] the acclaimed animated omnibus film Fear(s) of the dark, a French produced meditation on the evil and dark places of the mind and soul. It's a fun and hypnotic treat, and the film looks sublime in 35mm.

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8/07/08 Frames per Second | Kino Kid

A French film that understands what it is to tell a story, many in fact...

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3/07/08 Fantasia Film Festival programme | Mitch Davis

This animated omnibus horror film is cut from an uniquely mind-altering clotth_namely, from the visionary minds of six cutting-edge underground/alternative graphic artists and cartoonists.

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1/07/08 Attention-catcher of the UK poster | Guillermo del Toro

"...Rusty alleyways and vaporous ghosts painted by the masters of dread.
Razor-sharps images that will slice your eyes and nest there forevever.
Thrilling, disturbing and haunting..."

5/06/08 Francofil | Jean-Paul Pouron

Interview of Marie Caillou at The Stockholm French Film Festival.

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5/06/08 Le Jeudi | Anne-Laure Letellier

A stuning animation film which explores our most unconfessed fears and anguishes.

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3/06/08

FilmsActu.com | Yann Rutledge

(DVD) To shudder with pleasure.

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3/06/08 Animation Magazine | Christopher Panzner

Whatever fears you may all harbor, one to add to the list is the fear of not getting enough of this type of work produced ... or seen. Fortunatly, the movie is scheduled for a U.S. release at year's end by International Film Circuit ! Leave all your fears aside and go !

> n° 185, june/july 08, p. 18-19
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28/04/08 Filmblog.ch | Thomas Hunziker

5 stars (out of 6)
Fear(s) of the dark on several leval..
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10/04/08 Annecy 2008 - official selection

Six creators have breathed life into their nightmares, bleeding away colour to retain the starkness of light and the pitch black of shadows.


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20/03/08 Charente Libre | Alexandre Le Boulc'h

One more gratification [Best producer at Cartoon Movie 2008] for this atypical production which should make a great career abroad.


> du 20 mars 08
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14/03/08

Il manifesto | Thomas Martinelli

Bilbolbul, drawings between dreams and nightmares.

> du 11 mars 08, p. 15
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12/03/08

Télérama | La rédaction

Best films of February : There Will Be Blood, Juno and Fear(s) of the dark.

> n° 3035 du 12 mars 08, p. 55
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11/03/08

Aiga | Steven Heller

the film is a tour de force for its emotional intensity—it’s amazing how much tension can be conveyed with brush and pen strokes.

> article / interview of Richard McGuire (Eng.)

10/03/08

Zoo | Louisa Amara

Alors qu'Astérix aux jeux Olympiques atteint péniblement ses objectifs financiers, sa parfaite antithèse est sortie peu après et constitue la preuve par six qu'une adaptation (française) de BD peut-être intelligente et sophistiquée.

> du 10 mar. 08
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4/03/08

The New Yorker | Goings on about town

screens at Walter Reade March 8-9.

> 10 mar. 08
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28/02/08

The New York Times | Stephen Holden

A sophisticated showcase of contemporary animation […] with elements of “Alien” and Kafka’s “Metamorphosis.”

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28/02/08

GreenCine Daily | James Van Maanen

Rich, inventive […] often gorgeous to look at, and clever […]. I don't imagine you'll want to miss this black-and-white feast.

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28/02/08

Le Nouvel Observateur | Laure Garcia

Un film-laboratoire d'une étonnante beauté provocante.

> n.2260 du 28 fév. 08
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26/02/08

Mundo BD | Didier Pasamonik

Charles Burns, prince of darkness (interview)

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25/02/08

Playbac | Vincent Brunner

L'amateur de Bd pourra difficilement mégoter sur son plaisir. On en prend plein les yeux. Il faut aller voir ce film, déjà pour soi, ensuite pour que les instigateurs de ce projet continuent ce genre d'initiatives.
...une interview d'Etienne Robial et de Pierre Di Sciullo. Et, last but not least, un morceau anthologique de Liquid Liquid avec la ligne de basse énorme de Richard McGuire repiquée pour "White Lines" !

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25/02/08

MetroActive | Richard von Busack

Richard McGuire's wordless episode about a snow-bound haunted house is perfection.

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25/02/08

La Repubblica Bologna | Alberto Sebastiani

"... et nous avons proposé un projet graphique: un portfolio à tirage très limité de six sérigraphies"

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25/02/08

CineCineCine.com

5 stars (out of 5)
Darkness becomes a witness and an accomplice, narrator and protagonist
The journey into the nightmares reveals a much deeper sense of the true nature of fear.

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19/02/08

Fragil | Emilie Le Moal

Jouer à se faire peur.

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18/02/08

Les Irréductibles | Kilucru

It is not every day an opportunity to see something so unusual.
Note a soundtrack ideal marrying mournfully about.

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17/02/08

France Inter - Le masque et la plume

Magnifique... très bien construit... une oeuvre extrèmement intéressante..


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15/02/08

Film de Culte | Nicolas Bardot

5 stars (out of 6)
Un vertige à plusieurs voix unies dans une fastueuse noce funèbre.

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15/02/08

Prime - Extra | ludo luykx

Interview of Robial, McGuire, Mattotti, Burns and Blutch for Flemish TV channel Prime.

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15/02/08

EffetsSpéciaux.info | Pascal Pinteau

Une fresque unique, où phobies, répulsions et rêves prennent vie, montrant la Peur sous son visage le plus noir

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15/02/08

Cut - le blog cinéma

Silence. Frousse. Peur. Peurs. AAAAAAHHHHHHH ! Peur(s) du noir est un film qui fait… peur. Aérien, poétique, délirant, fantastique, crispant, burlesque, envoûtant, l'ensemble des segments est si réjouissant, si exaltant, si terrifiant que l'on voudrait épuiser tous les adjectifs...

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14/02/08

9° Art

Ruez-vous au cinéma pour découvrir Peur(s) du noir qui sort aujourd'hui...

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14/02/08

Nord cinéma | Cédreic Jager

8 stars (out of 10)
Peur(s) du noir fait partie de ces films intelligents qui font la part belle à l'imagination et à la singularité et qui laisse sans aucun doute une trace dans l'imaginaire du spectateur.

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14/02/08

Paris Match | Annie Coppermann

3 stars (out of 4)
Un écran blanc final tire le rideau sur ce film unique.

> n.3056 du 14 fév. 08
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14/02/08

France Info | Florence Leroy


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14/02/08

Les Échos | Annie Coppermann

Ce conte noir, poétique et barbare hante longtemps.

> n° 20110 du 14 fév. 08, p. 13
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13/02/08

Télérama | Jean-Claude Loiseau

4 stars (out of 5)
The exceptionnal livelyness of a line quality that is less trying to picture a reality than make emotions burst, all range of emotions, from pure burlesque to the most biting cruelty

> n° 3031 du 13 fév. 08, p. 39
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13/02/08

Libération | Eric Loret and Philippe Azoury

Animation is a medium of choice to make you freak out.
"Fear(s) of the dark" makes each spectator mutate in its own headsman. Which reveals in passing this paradox: animation, just as well as live action cinema is a medium of choice to make you freak out.

> n° 8327 du 13 fév. 08, p. 25-26-27
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13/02/08

Le Monde | Thomas Sotinel

2 stars (out of 3)
Six graphic artists animated by fear.
The drawing stretches, slides in time, becomes cinema

> n° 19613 du 13 fév. 08, p. 25
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13/02/08

Radio Nova - 2ème sous-sol | Aline Afanouko

Invité : Blutch.


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13/02/08

Aujourd'hui - Le Parisien | Pierre Vavasseur

2 stars (out of 3)
Presented at the last Angoulême festival, this movie lines up a few feats that evince graphical resources to create emotion in black and white

> Le Parisien n° 19731 du 13 fév. 08, p. 30

13/02/08

France 5 - Le magazine de la santé

Invité : Blutch.


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13/02/08

L'Express

4 stars (out of 5)
The young ones will be nicely scared - yes, one may shiver of pleasure, especially at the movies- the adults should be wise enough to acknowledge the authors talent, who play on fiction or pure graphics, the sketch or 3D animation, the tale or the reference to the masters of the genre (Lynch, Carpenter...). A journey to the country of shadows.

> n° 2954 du 14 fév. 08, p.66
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13/02/08

Télérama | Cécile Mury

4 stars (out of 5)
A portrait of hell, intimate as well as universal, touched by grace.
Drawn by six masters, a sumptuous nightmare in black and white bringing back our children frights.

> n° 3031 du 16 fév. 08, p. 38-39
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13/02/08

Pariscope | Virginie Gaucher

A very beautiful and very dark movie. It's scary ? It's meant to be !


> n° 2073 du 13 fév. 08, p. 85

13/02/08

La Tribune | Olivier Lefloch

The artists names are not all well known, but just seeing this animation feature film makes you quickly understand how talented this amazing team is, and how rich, diverse and personal their universe are. Ambitious project, "Fear(s) of the dark" is not only targeted at comics trips fans, and reminds us, -after the success of « Persépolis »- that there is an alternative to the animations movies produced by Walt Disney or Dreamworks

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13/02/08

France 2 / TLT | Jean Marc Lucas


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13/02/08

20 Minutes | C. Vié and interviews of Burns, McGuire and Marie Caillou

The richness of the whole is impressive.

> n° 1346 du 13 fév. 08, p. 22
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13/02/08

AlloCiné | Top critique presse

3,1 stars (out of 4)
n°1 of the week of feb 13th 08

> allocine.fr

13/02/08 Charente Libre | Richard Tallet

Peur blanche et humour noire pour salles obscures.

> du 13 fév. 08
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13/02/08 Sud-Ouest | Cécile Musseau

3 étoiles (sur 3)
Cauchemars de rêve...

> du 13 fév. 08, p. 1
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13/02/08

FilmsActu.com | interview of Richard McGuire


> www.filmsactu.com

13/02/08

MCinéma.com | Hugo de Saint Phalle

4 stars (out of 5)
Peur(s) du noir fonctionne un peu comme un train fantôme.

> mcinema.com

13/02/08

Cinémotion.fr | interview of Robial


> cinemotion.fr

13/02/08

Critikat.com | Vincent Avenel

la peur elle-même reste un sujet des moins usités au cinéma. Il fallait que cela soit l'animation qui s'interroge sur le sujet : un pari incongru, inattendu, et relevé avec une ébouriffante maestria.

> www.critikat.com

13/02/08

Première.fr | interview of Di Sciullo


> premiere.fr

13/02/08

LyonCapitale.fr

3,1 stars (out of 4)
An animation feature film flying high.

13/02/08

Ado.fr

5 stars (out of 5)

> ado.fr

12/02/08

Studio | Thomas Baurez et la rédaction

3 stars (out of 4)
We shiver of pleasure !
A jewel of imagination and terror […] and a collective success in the way […] Etienne Robial was able to unify the whole, notably via interludes where we savour Nicole Garcia's voice.


> n° 243 de fév. 08, p. 28 et 73

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12/02/08

France Inter - Esprit critique | Cyril Sauvageot

Never had we seen before such faithful transposition…
With intervention of Burns and Robial.


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12/02/08

Les inrockuptibles | Joseph Ghosn

A UFO of animation cinema that walks its spectator in a multiplicity of fears. Any light is refused, and darkness feeds its fear. Just for that, you absolutely need to see this movie in a theatre.


> n° 637 du 12 fév. 08, p.48-49

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11/02/08 Elle | Françoise Delbecq

3 stars (out of 3)
In "Fear(s) of the dark" phobias are honored, especially the worst of all: the fear of oneself, well deserved by amazingly talented graphists. Even if sophisticated technics are used in this movie, the pencil rules and enhance the purity of the stories. Welcome to the country of fear !

> n° 3241 du 11 fév. 08, p. 40
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11/02/08 Voici | Ariane Valadié

4 stars (out of 4)
From the comic strips to the screens, a successfull encounter - it's rare - some 9th and 7th art.

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11/02/08 CineNews | Ruben Nollet

Do not miss "Fear(s) of the dark", and make sure you have a friendly hand to grab when the fear becomes too much.

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11/02/08 CityVox | Virginie Beck

For children who believe in monsters and fairies, for those who have become adults and those who are still kids, the editorial staff chose to put face to face 2 original and opposite movies "Fear(s) of the dark" and "Mr Magorium's fabulous store", released in theaters on the 13th of february.

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10/02/08 Sud-Ouest Dimanche | Bertrand Ruiz

"Fear(s) of the dark" rocks the world of animation.

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9/02/08 Le Figaro Magazine | José-Louis Bocquet (with Laetitia Lacour)

2 stars (out of 3)
The great Charles. Living legend of american comic strips, Charles Burns took part to the astonishing collective animation movie "Fear(s) of the dark".

Directed by Etienne Robial, it is obvious that the artists were able to control and direct this mirror crossing, from the idea of movement to the movement itself, from comic strips to animation cinema.

> du sam. 9 fév. 08, p. 63
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9/02/08 Marianne | Clara Dupont-Monod

Comic strips on cinema screens. The result is a masterpiece of graphism and iced blood.

> n° 564 du 9 fév. 08, p.88
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9/02/08 Filmasactu.com | Interview of McGuire

2 stars (out of 3)
A unic fresco where phobias, repulsions and dreams come to life, showing fear's darkest side.

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9/02/08 MadMovies | Julien Sévéon

In short, even if we are not familiar with all the names, it is hard to deny the talent of this amazing team.

> n° 205 de fév. 08
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8/02/08 Excessif - le premier quotidien du cinéma | David Brami

6 stars (out of 10)
A success […]. Six universes, as graphically different as they are suitable for exploring one ancestral fear each, brought together in a miraculously homogeneous film, thanks to the artistic director Etienne Robial.

> article
> dossier les artistes de Peur(s) du noir
8/02/08 Graphivore | Entretien sonore avec Lorenzo Mattotti et Marie Caillou

It's on La Premiere, an on demand radio, that Eric Russon hosts two of the authors of "Fear(s) of the dark".

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7/02/08 CinéLive | Xavier Leherpeur

3 stars (
out of 4)
Programm: various monsters, mysterious mutations and fatal obsessions.

> n°120 de fév 08, p. 45
6/02/08 Illimité

"Fear(s) of the dark" an anthology of animated terror.

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6/02/08 Cahiers du cinéma | Stéphane Delorme

A solid project, presented to people of taste, who dared throwing masters of paper comic strips in the arena of animation...
The fear of darkness is not reserved to childhood.

> n° 631 de fév. 08, p. 44
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6/02/08 Trois couleurs | Joseph Gohsn

A fluid and successfull variation on the theme of angst. "Fear(s) of the dark" is a successfull and mindblowing bet.

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6/02/08 Brazil | Eric Coubard

The journey is fantastic, mysterious, entrancing and subliminal.

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6/02/08 L'Ecran fantastique | Stéphane du Mesnildot

4 stars (
out of 5)
A genuine graphical feat.

> n. 284 de fév. 08, p.17
6/02/08 The Reeler - New York City cinema, from the art house to the red carpet

[The] animated Sundance sensation Fear(s) of the Dark.
5/02/08 Positif | Eithne O'Neill

Famous terrors.
Between the 6 of us, we cover the differents ages of mankind, as well as the petrifying institutions: Family, School, Church, Bourgeoisie, all surrounded by the wild Nature.

> n. 564, feb. 08, p.39
4/02/08 Twitch | Peter van der Lugt (GhibliWorld.com)

Being part of the IFFR's Rotterdämmerung program, a section featuring amusing, hallucinogenic and sometimes downright scary films, Peur(s) du Noir brings a mix of black and white animation logically aiming at the last: being scary. [...] The result of mixing all these up is a whole being more than the sum of its parts when separately screened. Highly recommended, even for non-animation-loving-festival-goers.

> article (Eng)
1/02/08 CommeAuCinema.com | Florence Rochat

3 stars (
out of 4)
Visual feast, sensual feast, the project works so well that it is sometimes almost difficult to look or listen. What is fascinating is the psychological echo of such a movie, where authors draw in the firmly embeded and universal fears of mankind.

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1/02/08 La Libre Belgique | Fernand Denis

The animation festival (Anima) open on a new bang: "Fear(s) of the dark".
Etienne Robial has no fear, he signs the tremendous credits of "Fear(s) of the dark" using letters that he cut out of wrapping paper with a cutter !
(interview with Etienne Robial)

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1/02/08 Le Soir | Fabienne Bradfer

A graphical perl is opening the 2008 edition of the festival. It is a success, original, classy, without "cacochromy"...

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26/01/08

Sud-Ouest

Première projection publique française […] Et très beau succès à l'applaudimètre.

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25/01/08

Fearnet.com | Scott Weinberg

And yes, it's all pretty darn creepy. Beautifully so.

> article (Engl.)

22/01/08

Bodoï

Porté par les voix de Nicole Garcia ou Arthur H, Peur[s] du noir arpente des sentiers très personnels, au gré desquels les auteurs déploient librement leur univers de papier. Leurs peurs primales s’impriment sur un écran blanc, qui vire souvent au noir.

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21/01/08

Première | Christophe Narbonne

4 stars (out of 4)
L'ensemble témoigne d'une originalité et d'une créativité rare.

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21/01/08

The screen Grab | Mike D'Angelo

This is a must-see.

> article (Eng.)

20/01/08

Sud-Ouest | Bertrand Ruiz

A Angoulême la BD n'a pas peur du noir.

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20/01/08

The Salt Lake Tribune | short review

3 stars (out of 4)
[…] all arrestingly animated and disturbingly effective.

> article (Eng.)

9/01/08

actuabd.com | Didier Pasamonik

[Cette] expérience unique qui donne le vertige et qu'aucun amateur de graphisme, étudiant ou professionnel de l'animation, ne devrait manquer d'aller voir, est à n'en pas douter une date dans l'histoire de l'animation française.

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28/12/07

excessif.com | David Bram

[...] une ouverture de son fait [Etienne Robial] bien reconnaissable qui pourrait d'ailleurs faire office de 6ème sketch tant sa mise en musique provoque d'amblée des frissons propres à une expérience en salle.

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28/11/07

peauneuve.net

Un film dont l'exigence formelle n'empêchera pas de trouver son public, bien au contraire.
[...] qui prouve à nouveau qu'il est possible depuis Angoulême de réunir de grands artistes et faire traduire leur pensée graphique par une ribambelle de petits bras de l'animation dont il faut ici saluer le travail remarquable et minutieux.

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14/11/07

Twitch

Stories range from Poe inspired macabre, to Kafka-esque dread [...] It's not a perfect film but it's pretty damn close and it is the sort of thing that reminds that animation doesn't need to be just for children. Here's hoping some brave company [distributors] feels the same way about it because this is definitely one that any self respecting fan of global animation requires in their collection.


> article (Eng.)

12/11/07

lepetitjournal.com

Ce projet ambitieux réunit six dessinateurs de bande dessinée (B.D.) et graphistes autour du thème de la peur.

> article (interview of Mattotti)

1/11/07

Variety | Jay Weissberg

Exceptionnaly clever.

> article

28/10/07

Corriere Della Sera | Mereghetti Paolo

[…] l'oeuvre la plus belle et la plus novatrice […]

26/10/07

Corriere Della Sera | Mereghetti Paolo

Le film surprise de la fête, un bijou de savoir-faire graphique en noir et blanc, démontre que la bande dessinée et le roman graphique sont les véritables dépositaires de la nouvelle créativité.

23/10/07

articoli.com | Maria Vittoria Galeazzi

Pour qui aime les surprises, rien ne pouvait plus ébahir et fasciner que le très original dessin animé Peur(s) du noir. Quand le dessin est art figuratif d'un tel niveau, la mise en scène devient un parcours mental où le noir réussi à se matérialiser jusque dans l'obscurité d'une salle de cinéma.


> article (It.)

21/10/07

cineuropa.com | Gabriele Barcaro

[...] l'animation européenne est de nouveau en vedette dans un festival international avec Peur(s) du noir. C'est ce film qui est la grande surpise du Festival de Rome.


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18/10/07

Charente Libre | Alexandre le Bouc'h

Prima Linea guest star au festival de Rome.


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11/10/07

Corriere Della Sera | Valério Cappelli

Film-surprise: un dessin animé sur la peur ; à la Festa di Roma, histoires animées par six grands dessinateurs.


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11/10/07

Screen | Sheri Jennings

(...) an experimental intelligence where art and entertainment unite and enrich each other.


> article (Eng.)

11/10/07

Cinecitta | Michela Greco

Les réalisateurs sont les illustrateurs les plus représentatifs de la planète parmi ceux de la génération '60 […], parmi lesquels notre Mattotti...


> article (It.)

11/10/07

RomeFilmFest | International Press Office

(...) Peur(s) du noir seems to offer a surprising challenge to traditional cinematographic language, an unrepeatable visual and narrative experience.


> article (Eng.)

6/06/07

Sud Ouest | Olivier Sarazin

(...) un univers graphique déroutant et multiple, où les griffes de chaque dessinateur se répondent. Ici les récits sont croisés et les planches emmélées. Voici une histoire fantasmée de cauchemards en noir et blanc.


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5/06/07

Les inrockuptibles | Joseph Ghosn

(...) un objet non identifié, relevé, poivré, pas mièvre, pas pour les gosses, qui procure une vraie sensation de malaise.


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27/01/07

Charente libre | Alexandre le Boulc'h

"Burns broie du noir pour Prima Linea."

Pour le sujet, je n'ai jamais eu de difficulté à trouver en moi un thème qui inspire la peur... Peut-être que j'ai tendance à voir le côté horrifique en chaque chose.

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1/05/06

Computer Arts

Enfin, évoquons avec plaisir Peur(s) du noir, un petit bijou en ce moment en productions. (…) Selon l'inclination de chacun [des réalisateurs], et sous la direction d'Etienne Robial,
les courts métrages alternent rendu crayonné et image 3D. Un régal !

29/03/06

Ciné Live | Diane Launier

En découvrant les premières minutes de ce long métrage, sous les traits de ces virtuoses du dessin, le premier pari semble quasi gagné. Dans la salle obscure, la beauté des images subjugue et nos yeux s'écarquillent… de peur.


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15/03/06

Libération | Marie Lechner

(…) c'est bien du côté de la bande dessinée que pourraient venir les petits chefs-d'œuvre indés: le très attendu Peur(s) du noir prévu pour 2007 qui réunit onze dessinateurs…

13/03/06

Le film français | Patrick Caradec

(…) le pilote très prometteur de Peur(s) du noir, coréalisé par huit stars internationales du graphisme et de la BD.


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01/03/06

La Revue | Marie Boyé-Taillan

Sélectionnés par Prima Linea Productions, ces artistes nous livrent leurs pensées les plus obscures avec un ensemble de dessins qui préfigurent l'image animée mais n'en sont pas moins des œuvres à part entière.


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01/02/06

Comic Box | Antoine Maurel

Présenté au cours du festival d'Angoulême, Peur(s) du noir est un projet cinématographique aussi atypique que risqué, et aussi ambitieux qu'alléchant...

28/01/06

cartoonbrew.com

The film is conceived as a fantasia of fear, exploring the subject of fear, from the macabre to the comical


> www.cartoonbrew.com

28/01/06

toutenbd.com | Estelle Desnoves

Une thérapie de groupe, "Peur(s) du noir" ? Pour les auteurs, le projet est surtout une aventure…


> www.toutenbd.com

26/01/06

Libération | Bruno Masi

Une interrogation, en forme de jeu de piste, de récits croisés et de planches emmêlées, qui ouvre sur le film d'animation sans doute le plus excitant de ces dernières années.


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25/01/06

Les inrockuptibles | Joseph Ghosn

L'exposition «Peur(s) du noir»devrait être la plus intrigante, car elle montrera des travaux en cours qui doivent mener à la réalisation d'un dessin animé collectif.
Celui-ci devrait être avant tout une sorte d'essai animé sur la peur, mais aussi une tentative formelle autours du noir et du blanc.

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25/01/06

filmdeculte.com | Yannick Vely

C'est l'un des projets les plus excitants de l'animation française. Produit par la société Prima Linea, Peur(s) du noir sera un film collectif et en noir et blanc réalisé par la fine fleur de la BD indépendante mondiale.


> www.filmdeculte.com

01/12/05

Première

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