Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Long Way North 2015

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Directed by Rémi Chayé

Long Way North is a beautifully animated historical fantasy about a 19th-century Russian girl who embarks on a hazardous adventure to the North Pole to find her grandfather’s ship and save her family’s honour.

Denmark / France In English
81 minutes CinemaScope / DCP




Ron Dyens
Henri Magalon


Claire Paoletti
Patricia Valeix
Fabrice de Costil


Benjamin Massoubre


Jonathan Morali


Chloé Dunn (Sacha)
Vivienne Vermes (Olga)
Peter Hudson (Lund)
Antony Hickling (Larson)
Tom Perkins (Katch)
Geoffrey Greenhill (Oloukine)
Claire Harrison-Bullett (Nadya)
Bibi Jacob (Mere)
Martin Lewis (Pere/Frenchy/Navy)
Tom Morton (Prince Tomsky/Mowson)
Leslie Clack (Recteur/Maloney)
Kester Lovelace (Loujine/Briscoe)
Damian Corcoran (Aboyeur/Galway)


Annecy, Toronto 2015


Audience Award, Annecy International Animation Festival 2015

Recommended For Ages 9+

Long Way North is a beautifully told, visually stunning action-adventure featuring teenage Sasha, a young aristocrat growing up in Russia at the end of the 19th century. Sasha dreams of the Great North and anguishes over the fate of her grandfather, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from his latest expedition to the North Pole. In order to find her grandfather’s ship and save her family’s honour, 15-year-old Sasha defies her parents’ expectations of her to act like a proper young woman of nobility, and embarks on a treacherous voyage.

Director Rémi Chayé, who previously worked on acclaimed animated films The Secret of Kells (NZIFF09) and Le Tableau (NZIFF12), has made a powerful impression with his daringly stylised, hand-drawn debut feature – Long Way North received the Audience Award for Feature Film at the Annecy International Animation Festival in 2015. — NM

“This French-Danish work offers all you’d want in a young adventure – action, danger, a journey, a coming-of-age, heartwarming and heartbreaking moments, handsome animation and a strong statement of girl power.” — Mike Hale, NY Times