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NEWS: Around the Arctic November 05, 2012 - 9:30 am

Animated 3D film with Inuit characters heads for world-wide distribution

Legend of Sarila has distribution deals for Germany, Russia, Isreal

The "Legend of Sarila" is the first feature-length 3D animated film created in Canada.

Film distributors are making international deals to distribute a made-in-Canada 3D animated film, set in the Arctic and featuring Inuit characters.

Cinema Management Group has brokered distribution of The Legend of Sarila to AFM with Germany’s Telepool, Luxor in Russia and Israel’s 5 Star Pictures, the Hollywood Reporter says.

The Legend of Sarila tells the story of a voyage of initiation in which three young Inuit search for a promised land, hoping to save their people from famine, says the film’s website.

It’s also the story of a fight to the death between two shamans, the young Markussi and the aged Killiq, who feels that his power is threatened, it says.

Award-winning Igloolik actor Natar Ungalak, Nunavik singer Elisapie Isaac, Christopher Plummer — the famed Canadian actor who also starred in The Sound of Music, — Geneviève Bujold and Rachelle Lefevre are among the cast of voice actors for Legend of Sarila, which is promoted as the first feature-length stereoscopic animated film created in Canada.

Stereoscopic 3D refers to a method of creating 3D film by using two 2D images.

The action of the film, directed by Nancy Florence Savard and written by children’s author Roger Harvey and Pierre Tremblay, takes place in the North during the autumn of 1910, when an Inuit camp is threatened by famine, the news release said.

Day after day, the hunters return empty-handed. The aged shaman, Croolik, is unable to solve the problem. The camp’s wise woman, Saya, recalls the legend of Sarila, a promised land hidden among the glaciers, where wild game is said to be plentiful. “Legend has it that only those with pure hearts may enter this hallowed place,” the film’s website said.

Distributed by Alliance Vivafilm, The Legend of Sarila is set to be released in 2013.


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