|Longway North: French feature film on 19th century Russia|
Tout en haut du monde (the original title) is a production by Sacrebleu Production studio, the company behind Serge Avedikian's Cannes-awarded The Barking Island, and Bastien Dubois' Oscar-nominated, Madagascar.
It is meant as a historical adventure story, mostly in 2D animation, and its Russian plot and adventure reminds of David Lean's Dr. Zhivago -even though the film does not trace its story so far in time, in the communist-era Russia.
Rémi Chayé, animator director in the César-nominated Le tableau by Jean-François Laguionie is the director in Longway North, which is scheduled for release in 2014.
As reported by Variety, the film has a budget of €8 million, and has secured the actress Lea Seydoux (Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol, Midnight in Paris) to voice the main female character. Animation for Longway North will commence next April/May.
Read the full film synopis, and watch an interesting pilot trailer below
Sasha, a young Russian artistocratic girl at the end of the 19th century, dreams of the Great North and languishes over Oloukine, her grandfather, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer, who has not returned from his last expedition to conquer the North Pole.