Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

The Great Bear 2011

Den kæmpestore bjørn

Directed by Esben Toft Jacobsen

Little Sophie has been kidnapped by a giant bear – and he’s much better company than her cranky older brother. This charming Nordic expedition into the deep dark woods should entertain anyone old enough to read the subtitles.

Denmark In Danish with English subtitles
73 minutes


Petter Lindblad


Jannik Tai Mosholt
Esben Toft Jacobsen


Elin Pröjts
Marion Tuor


Nicklas Schmidt


Markus Rygaard (Jonathan)
Alberte Blichfeldt (Sophie)
Elith Nykjær (grandad)
Flemming Quist Møller (the hunter)


Berlin 2011


“He’s bigger than a brontosaurus and pine trees grow on his back; yet he’s cuddlier than a new puppy. Six-year-old Sophie thinks he’s adorable, but her older brother Jonathan is scared – after all, it’s his fault they’re lost in the forbidden forest. He should have taken care of his sibling, but he didn’t, and now she’s riding around on the snout of a massive creature. Jonathan sets out to save Sophie – although the bright-as-a-button tot clearly doesn’t need his help. A crazy hunter enlists his help to find the bear and belatedly Jonathan realises little Sophie was right all along. This charming Nordic tale is beautifully animated and populated with wonderful characters.” — Jenny Neighbour, Sydney Film Festival