Gandahar (1988)

35mm film, colour, 1.33:1
Dolby, French

A French animated science fiction film directed by René Laloux.

Plot Summary

On the utopian planet Gandahar is plunged into chaos when an evil force invades, turning people into stone. The Council of Women sends Sylvain, son of Queen Ambisextra, to destroy the force and teaming up with the warrior woman Arielle confronts Metamorphis, a giant brain and its army of metal men.


Directed by: René Laloux
Col.Ima.Son, Films A2 in association with Revcom Télévision. With the participation of Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
Executive Producer: Leon Zuratas
Produced by: Jean-Claude Delayre, Henri Rollin, Bob Weinstein
Associate Producers: Michel Noll, Susan Slonaker
Written by: René Laloux, Isaac Asimov
Dialogue: Raphael Cluzel
Based on the Novel Les hommes-machines contre Gandahar by: Jean-Pierre Andrevon
Editor: Christine Pansu
Music by: Gabriel Yared
Sound Mixers: Paul Bertault, Alain Garnier

Pierre-Marie Escourrou (Sylvain)
Catherine Chevallier (Airelle)
Georges Wilson (Métamorphe)
Anny Duperey (Ambisextra)
Jean-Pierre Ducos (Blaminhor)
Christine Paris (spokesperson)
Zaïra Benbadis, Claude Degliame (recorded voices)
Olivier Cruveiller (metal man)
Jean-Pierre Jorris, Dominique Maurin-Collignon, Jean-Jacques Scheffer, Jean Saudray, Frédéric Witta, Philippe Noël, Philippe Duclos, Joël Barbouth, Michel Charrel, Roland Lacoste (transformers)
Chip Bolcik (head/metal man)
Charles Busch (Gemnen)
Glenn Close (Ambisextra)
Bridget Fonda (head/historian)
Jennifer Grey (Airelle)
Earl Hammond (Blaminhoe)
Jill Haworth (announcer)
Earl Hyman (Maxum/Chief of the Deformed)
Penn Jillette (Chief of the Deformed)
David Johansen (Shayol)

Alternative Titles

Os Anos de Luz – Brazilian title
Gaandahar – Iranian title
Gandahar: Años luz – Argentine title
Gandahar: Les années lumière – French Belgian video title
Ghandeer aljanna almesaliah – Egyptian title
Light Years – US title
Sagan om Gandahar – Swedish title
Гандахар – Ukranian title
Гандахар. Световые годы – Russian title
ガンダーラ – Japanese title

Extracts included in
The History of the Hands (2016)
Laloux sauvage (2010)


French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier p.123 – illustrated credits, review
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.289 – credits