Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The Great Bear | Sydney Film Festival 2011

The Great Bear is a Danish animated film screening at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival. The feature follows the relationship between 13 year old Jonathan and his younger sister, Sophie. Like most childhood sibling relationships, Jonathan does not want to have anything to do with his sister.

Jonathan and Sophie take a long train journey to stay with their grandfather on the school holidays and is warned on arrival to stay out of the dense forest that lay beyond his land. A little door on the wall saves Sophie from her brother during a chase but brings her into the forest where she disappears with a 1000 year old bear. Jonathan takes on the task on rescuing his sister from the forest, which has its own dangers and delights.

The Great Bear was directed by Esben Toft Jacobsen. Jacobsen wanted to create a Nordic fairy tale with the film. "Something appealing and scary and epic at the same time. A magical dimension that lies within nature, in the rocks, forests and animals." source

The animated landscape in the film is beautiful and grand. If your kids like movies with a dash of scare factor (like mine!) and lots of adventure, The Great Bear is a wonderful cinematic treat.

The Great Bear screens in English at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival
June 11 | 9.45am and 19 June | 12pm | Event Cinemas
Age Group: 7 - 13 years