Tales of the Night
dir. Michel Ocelot, France / UK, digital, 84 mins. color, in English.
Tales of the Night is a masterful work by renowned animation auteur Michel Ocelot (Kirikou
and the Sorceress, Azur & Asmar) that will delight children. A hit at
the Berlin Film Festival, the film extends the earlier shadow puppet style of
Ocelot’s Princes and Princesses, with black silhouetted characters set off
against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and
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 fairy tales as viewers are whisked off to enchanted lands full of dragons, werewolves, captive princesses, sorcerers, and enormous talking bees – and each fable ends with its own ironic twist.