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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres on September 30th from SHOUT! Factory Films is the beautiful story and stunning animation by director Remi Chaye taking the trip LONG WAY NORTH.

Sacha (Chloe Dunn) is a young girl living in 19th century St. Petersburg, Russia. Her Grandfather Olukine (Geoffrey Greenhill) is a sea explorer who is in search of the North Pole on the ship, the Davai. When both he and the ship go missing, the Czar offers a million ruble reward for the discovery of its whereabouts.

Her parents want Sacha to marry and have arranged for her to meet Prince Tomsky at her debut ball. Instead, she has discovered a map and directions to where Sacha believes her grandfather may be. Attempting to discuss it with the prince turns disastrous and the parents are devastated.

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Knowing that no one believes her, Sacha takes it upon herself to head into the Great North. Taking the train as far as it will her, the only way to get further is by ship. She meets Larson (Anthony Hickling) who says he is the captain of the Norge and can take her further north. After a major setback, it is Larson’s brother Lund (Peter Hudson) who is the captain that believes in this young girl’s story.

Now, Sacha has a chance to find the grandfather she loves and solve the mystery of the Davai!

Sacha’s adventure are nothing short of courageous. Although her parents do not understand with her obsession with looking for grandfather and the Davai, it is when she doesn’t fall for the Prince that family honor is at stake.

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Going out into the world brought this character the courage she needed but also life lessons about responsibility and accountability. That’s what I enjoyed most about LONG WAY NORTH, watching this character of Sacha bloom.

I would encourage all families to make this film a family night together because finding films that can be enjoyed together is hard sometimes. LONG WAY HOME brings love, family, faith and friendship and loyalty together in a beautiful way.

The voice cast also includes Tom Perkins as Katch, Vivienne Vermes as Olga, Claire Harrison-Bullett as Nadya, Kester Lovelace as Loujine, Bibi Jacobs as Sacha’s Mother, Tom Morton as Prince Tomsky, and Martin Lewis as Sacha’s Father.

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SHOUT! Factory has grown into a tremendous multi-platform media company. Releasing new animated features such as the exquisite Long Way North, and the epic fantasy Beauty And The Beast. Also their own original horror film, Fender Bender gives fans a good scare. For more of what SHOUT Factor has to offer please visit www.shoutfactory.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give LONG WAY NORTH five tubs of popcorn out of five. This is such a collection of words such as stunning, heart warming, delightful and even charming in its humor.

LONG WAY NORTH is directed by celebrated animator Remi Chaye and has won the coveted Audience Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the winner of the Grand Prize and the Governor of Tokyo Award at the Tokyo Animation Festival this year.

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When asked what made Chaye want to take on this project, he said, “In 2005 I met Claire Paoletti who was teaching courses in screenwriting at La Poudriere. She had a project for a feature-length film. At that point, it all fit on one page; a young girl of the Russian aristocracy leaving to find her grandfather who is lost on the ice. Not long before that I had read the logbook of Ernest Shackelton and about his extraordinary odyssey. The expedition was to cross the Antarctic from sea to sea and an early winter caught them in the ice.”

He continues, “When Claire told me about a ship caught in the ice, I got excited. I also really liked the idea of making a film that takes place in the 19th century…a period film like Jules Verne novels, Gustave Doree’s etching or Daumier’s lithographs. Her project had all the elements that interested me.”

All of that comes into focus with the animated film that tells the story of a young girl’s journey to find her grandfather and the ship. But that isn’t all, it’s a story of explorers and the heart it takes to go into a part of the world that others wouldn’t.

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The animation is so well done and to say it’s beautiful would be an understatement. The music was created by Jonathan Morali and songwriter Syd Matters. The lyrics are so expressive when is comes to Sacha’s scenes. Also, director Chaye kept the Russian ambiance for this animated adventure film.

From SHOUT! Factory films is adventure beyond the edge of the world and a young girl shares her faith, hope and love on a voyage like no other.

In the end – it is a matter of family honor!

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