Rome Fest Has Fears(s) of the Dark

The French animated feature Peur(s) du noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) has been added to the program for the second annual Rome Film Festival. According to Daily Variety, the film about nightmares features drawings from six world renown comic-book artists and will make its world premiere out of competition on Oct 21. Also on the program is a 35-minute preview of the Italian cartoon Le Winx by director Iginio Straffi, and a screening of the Disney feature Enchanted, which blends traditional animation and live-action.

Like Marjane Satrapi’s acclaimed French feature Persepolis, Fear(s) is predominantly black-and-white and operates outside of the box that most animated features are developed in. The film examines childhood terrors as recalled by a diverse group of artists made up of The New Yorker contributors Richard McGuire and Lorenzo Mattotti, Strasbourg-born Blutch (Christian Hinker), American illustrator Charles Burns, and France’s Marie Caillou and Pierre Di Sciullo. Canal Plus art director Etienne Robial served as artistic director on the project.

Fear(s) of the Dark is produced by Valerie Schermann and Christophe Jankovic’s Prima Linea Prods. (U, Alice in the City) and Celluloid Dreams is handling sales. Diaphana Distribution will put the pic out in France in February of 2008.