Long Way North, one of the most anticipated films of 2016, is going to be released in the United States
To be released in the USA
Recently being released in France with outstanding critics reception, Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) is going to have a theatrical launch in fall 2016 in the United States. Shout! Factory (*1) announced that they have entered into an exclusive film deal with Urban Distribution International (UDI). This includes theatrical, broadcast, video on-demand, digital and home entertainment rights for cross-platform releases. The film will also have its North American premiere at the New York International Children’s Film Festival (Feb. 26 – March 20, 2016).
According to Eric Schnedecker, Head of sales and partner at UDI, the film was already sold to more than 25 territories (including the UK, Canada, France, Korea…). They expect more deals at the Berlin Film Festival.
*1: Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
About the film
Long Way North is directed by Rémi Chayé (first assistant director, head of layout, and storyboard for The Secret of Kells) and produced by Sacrebleu Productions (Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage), Maybe Movies (Ernest & Celestine) and Nørlum Studios (Song of the Sea). It won the Audience Award at the 2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival and recently played at numerous renowned international film festivals.
The film is set in the late 19th century Saint Petersburg. Sasha, a young girl of Russian aristocracy, dreams of the Great North and anguishes over the fate of her grandfather, Olukine, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from his latest expedition to conquer the North Pole. Sasha has always been fascinated by the adventurous life of her grandfather. But Sasha’s parents, who already made arrangements for her marriage, strongly disapprove the idea. Defying her destiny, Sasha flees her home and launches an adventure-filled quest toward the Great North in search of Olukine and his ship.
You can check our interview with Claus Toksvig Kjaer, one of the co-producers of Long Way North, for behind the story of Long Way North and Song of the Sea from the link below.
Interview with Claus Toksvig Kjaer, the Producer and Partner at Nørlum: http://animationweek.uk/interview-with-claus-toksvig-kjaer/