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Watch The New English Trailer For ‘Long Way North,’ Debuting Next Month In U.S. Cinemas

Shout Factory Films has announced that it will release Rémi Chayé’s hand-drawn feature Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) on September 30 in Los Angeles, New York City, and select major markets. Openings in additional cities will follow.

Here’s the newly released English trailer for the film:

The release should qualify the French film for Oscar consideration this year. Despite struggling earlier this year at the box office in its native France, Long Way North has been celebrated at festivals, winning the feature film audience award at Annecy in 2015 and the grand prize at the Tokyo Animation Festival.

The film has especially gained an appreciation in Japan, especially among the professional animation community. Legendary Ghibli director Isao Takahata has emerged as one of the key champions of the film. Following a screening in Tokyo last month, Takahata spoke to the audience about the film, praising its “natural, smooth” approach to filmmaking that resists “superficial complicatedness.”

Isao Takahata speaking about "Long Way North" at the French Institute of Tokyo on July 28, 2016.
Isao Takahata speaking about “Long Way North” at the French Institute of Tokyo on July 28, 2016.

Written by Claire Paoletti and Patricia Valeix, Long Way North tells the story of an aristocratic Russian girl Sacha, who perseveres through a physical and emotional journey to the North Pole to find her explorer grandfather and his lost ship, the Davai. The film was produced by Sacrebleu Productions and Maybe Movies, with the participation of Norlum Studios, France 3 Cinéma, and 2 Minutes.

The English voice cast includes Chloé Dunn, Vivienne Vermes, Peter Hudson, Antony Hickling, Tom Perkins, Geoffrey Greenhill, Claire Harrison-Bullett, Bibi Jacob, Martin Lewis, Tom Morton, Leslie Clack, Kester Lovelace, and Damian Corcoran.

Shout Fatory is no stranger to international animation, having released numerous family-friendly CG features in the States including Snowtime!, Thunder and The House of Magic, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, and The Seventh Dwarf. Chayé’s feature is arguably their most artistically meritorious pickup to date, and deserves to find a wider audience here in the United States.

  • Max C.

    This screened on the same weekend as advanced previews of Pets as part of Soda Pictures’ Children’s Cinema Club, which tours films like Zarafa and Phantom Boy across the UK, albeit dubbed, in enough cinemas to get families’ attention. My nearest cinema was supposed to screen it but only added listings at the last minute. I ended up being the only one there, and the film? I enjoyed it. It’s not without its flaws, the English dub at least fit the tone, but it’s a lovely, often gripping story with a kind of feminist outlook that I’d go as far to call this generation’s Mulan.

    • Ginormous Canvas

      I didn’t know about this, but I was aware of Soda Pictures. Thanks for alerting me.

  • Tomm

    So happy to see that takahata is championing this beautiful film

  • ea

    This is shaping up to be perhaps the most competitive year in theatrical animation history. I wonder if the Academy will expand the BAF category like it did with BP.

  • James Madison

    Looks good. I hope people go and support it with their dollars.

  • Ginormous Canvas

    This came out in the UK unexpectadly just recently and it really is great. A slow-ish start but some amazing moments and sequences when she gets out on her travels, and a nice layered female lead.

  • Netko

    Well first of all, the style is intentionally simplistic so I really don’t get why you’re criticizing the movie for having simple character designs and simple backgrounds when it is very obviously a stylistic choice. While budgetary concerns were surely a part of it, they definitively made the most of what they had because the movie has its own style, which is more than can be said for most big-budget animated movies.
    Also it’s pointless to talk about the man’s impressions of the movie if you haven’t seen the movie yourself and you don’t know what he’s referring to. As for the calmer approach to storytelling and visuals, you also seem to be under the misguided impression that all anime has a perfect grasp on this, which is as ridiculous as saying that all American movies know how to be entertaining. While it’s true that in comparison to American entertainment anime is usually calmer (which is often also motivated by budgetary limitations), if you’ve watched a sizable number of anime you’d know that a good grasp of this subdued kind of storytelling isn’t really there beyond a few cliched tricks.