Light Years

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Discover Light Years, René Laloux’s unforgettable philosophical tale.

Adapted from Jean-Pierre Andrevon’s novel The Machine-Men versus Gandahar, Light Years was made in 1988, and is René Laloux’s third and final feature.

A cult piece of animated science fiction, the film takes us to the land of Gandahar, on the planet Tridan, where the human race is leading a peaceful existence in perfect tune with nature. Governed by Ambisextra and her Council of Women, life is full of happiness built on a philosophy of pleasure and love. However, this sensuous lifestyle is disrupted by Metamorphis, a forgotten sea monster who condemns the inhabitants of the planet. The queen entrusts the fate of the realm to the young knight Sylvin, who is charged with getting rid of this menace.

After working on this project for almost ten years, Light Years is an animated gem, a saga masterfully told by Laloux and brought to life by the drawings of the director’s loyal collaborator Philippe Caza. This rite of passage tale will take you on an incredible journey into unchartered territory.

Let yourself get swept away by this animation masterpiece shown outdoors in the courtyard of the Château d’Annecy.

The film

  • Film identity

    Original title: Gandahar

    Directed by: René LALOUX

    Country: France

    Year of production: 1987

    Running time: 01 h 30 min

  • Technique

    Category: Feature film

    Techniques used: Drawing on cels

    Process: Colour

    Target public: All audiences

  • Credits

    Directed by: René LALOUX

    Production: COL IMA SON PRODUCTIONS

    Distribution: LES FILMS DE LA PERRINE

    Based on: "Les Hommes Machines contre Gandahar" de Jean-Pierre Andrevon

    Script: René Laloux

    Graphics: Philippe Caza

    Animation: Studios Sek de Pyongyang (République de Corée)

    Camera: Jean Janssens, Pierre Biecher

    Music: Gabriel Yared, Christian Zanesi

    Editing: Christiane Pansu

    Voice: Pierre-Marie Escourrou, Catherine Chevallier, George Wilson, Anny Duperey