“Long Way North,” the latest animated film from acclaimed filmmaker Rémi Chayé (“The Secret of Kells”) will open theatrically on September 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, New York, and a select group of other major markets. Shout! Factory Films acquired the U.S. rights to the movie in February.
“Long Way North” won the Audience Award at the 2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival and the Grand Prize and Governor of Tokyo Award at the 2016 Tokyo Animation Festival. Here’s the official synopsis for the film: Sacha, a young girl from the Russian aristocracy, dreams of the Great North and anguishes over the fate of her grandfather, Oloukine, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from his latest expedition to conquer the North Pole. Sacha has always been fascinated by the adventurous life of her grandfather and has the same calling as Oloukine to be an explorer. But Sacha’s parents, who already made arrangements for her marriage, strongly disapprove the idea to say the least. Defying her destiny, Sacha flees her home and launches an adventure-filled quest toward the Great North in search of Oloukine and his ship.
“Rémi Chayé’s exquisitely animated tale follows a young heroine persevering through a physical and emotional journey to find her grandfather. It’s an instant classic, and we had to have it. We know audiences will feel the same,” Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Factory, said in a statement.
To watch the trailer for the film, check out the video below.