Fairytales and Fables is a free event at GOMA from 10 January to 30 March 2014.

Ranging in tone from light-hearted romps to more disturbing accounts, the program incorporates cinematic renditions and reinterpretations of classic tales, as well as original stories that combine elements of fairytale and fable with parody, experimental film and horror.

‘Fairytales and Fables’ offers an opportunity to view Jacques Demy’s 1970 Donkey Skin on 7 March at 8pm and 12 March at 6pm.

Donkey Skin (1970) is rated 18+ and runs for 90 minutes:

‘This charming adaptation of a fairy tale by Charles Perrault (creator of Cinderella) has been called Jacques Demy’s “grand synthesis of Cocteau and Minnelli.” With its wondrous costumes and vivid play of colors; its ingenious trick effects, calculated flights of fancy, and dream sequences; and its stellar cast, Peau d’âne has become a classic for adults and young people alike. There are dark sides to the fable, with an unusual theme of incest; but in Demy’s tongue-in-cheek translation, the net result is infectious delight. The tale involves a beautiful Princess (Catherine Deneuve) whose own father, the Blue King (Jean Marais), desires to marry her in order to fulfill a deathbed promise to his wife that his next wife be even more beautiful than herself. The Princess enlists the aid of the Lilac Fairy (Delphine Seyrig), and together they devise a scheme of imaginative demands designed to thwart even the most ardent suitor. When all are met—this being an enchanted kingdom—the Princess is forced to flee, clothed in a donkey skin, to a nearby forest where she takes refuge until a charming prince provides the inevitable happy ending. Talking roses, magic donkeys, Blue Kings and Red Princes, and philosophical fairies floating in the sky: make-believe was never wittier, nor more enchanting.’

Pacific Film Archive

See the full list of films playing at the Fairytales and Fables event in JanuaryFebruary and March.

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