'Fear(s)' realized at RomeFilmFest


LONDON -- "Fear(s) of the Dark," a collaboration of graphic authors and comic artists, is the surprise addition to this year's RomeFilmFest, organizers said Thursday.

The movie will take out-of-competition slot in the Cinema 2007 section of the festival, which kicks off its second edition Oct. 18.

Organizers said the film, which has taken more than a year to make, involves work by such graphic authors and comic artists as Lorenzo Mattotti, Blutch and Charles Burns. It is produced by Valerie Schermann and Christophe Jankovic, the team behind the animated "U" and "Alice in the City."

"This year the RomeFilmFest offers an exceptional experience such as the integral presentation of the now-mythical 'Book of Dreams' by Federico Fellini," Cinema 2007 section chiefs Teresa Cavina and Giorgio Gosetti said.

"To this journey through the unconscious we are adding a highly original 'Book of Nightmares,' uniting some of the most extraordinary 'pensmen' of contemporary drawing in a project rooted in the secret fears we all carry with us, from a child's fears of the dark to the adult who experiments with the thrills and chills of the night."

Co-directed by Blutch, Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Mattotti and Richard McGuire, "Fear(s)" is penned by Jerry Kramsky, Michel Pirus and Romain Slocombe and brought to the festival by Celluloid Dreams/Dreamachine.

It is narrated by Guillaume Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Aure Atika and Arthur H.