THE SNOW QUEEN: A REVIEW FOR THE RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL

I really had no idea about THE SNOW QUEEN until I was approached by resident Russian Salty Kernel, Andrew, to see if we could cover the RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL that takes place in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Byron – in that order – starting on July 3rd in Melbourne. It has a phenomenal line up of films and if you want your mind broadened and want to see some great films that are not Hollywood made then suss out this festival. You can get all the information you need from HERE and this fantastic film, made for both adults and children was the first film off the rank for the Salty team to review. Get prepped for reviews on most of them so we can give you the heads up on the best ones – this one – is a resounding yes from me.

 

THE SNOW QUEEN,  a RUSSIAN ANIMATION screening at this year's RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL
THE SNOW QUEEN, a RUSSIAN ANIMATION screening at this year’s RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL

 

The Snow Queen (Danish: Snedronningen) is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The tale was first published in 1845, and centers on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by a little boy and girl, Kai and Gerda.

The story is one of Andersen’s longest, and one of his most highly acclaimed stories by readers and critics. It is regularly included in selected tales and collections of his work and is frequently reprinted in illustrated storybook editions for children. The tale has been adapted in various media including animated film and television drama. It has literally been made so many times it is silly, but not that much in the English language, that I am aware of – although it would appear C.S. Lewis was happy to borrow her for the White Witch in the Narnia stories. There is also a Disney film based on this same story coming out next year – FROZEN. I wonder if they saw how well this film went and though they would get on the bandwagon – screw just releasing a dubbed version. If the Russian Film Festival was screening this one dubbed I know a bunch of kids I would take to see it.

 

THE SNOW QUEEN,  a RUSSIAN ANIMATION screening at this year's RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL
THE SNOW QUEEN, a RUSSIAN ANIMATION screening at this year’s RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL

 

Wishing to create a new world, the Snow Queen has blanketed the world in ice and set out to destroy all art. According to the predictions of a magic mirror, the last threat to the Snow Queen comes from the master glass-maker Vegard, whose mirrors reflect not only appearances but also human souls. One day the polar wind takes away Vegard and his wife Una. But they manage to hide their baby-boy Kai and daughter Gerda. Years later the servant of the Snow Queen finds Gerda’s brother Kai, whom he believes to be Vegard’s successor. When Kai is abducted to the Snow Queen’s palace, Gerda embarks on a journey across the icy wonderland, facing difficult obstacles and finding new friends on her quest to set Kai free, defeat the Snow Queen and warm the hearts of people everywhere.

 

THE SNOW QUEEN,  a RUSSIAN ANIMATION screening at this year's RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL
THE SNOW QUEEN, a RUSSIAN ANIMATION screening at this year’s RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL

 

There is not much to say about this film, besides it has everything, action, a damn fine story that is hundreds of years old and embraces the term “fable”, characters that resemble lots of characters you have seen before – mainly the sloth from Ice Age (appropriate with the ice – did Sid originate in 1845?) I also love that the hero is the sister and the captured hostage is the brother, this would never be done in Hollywood (although I may eat my words when Frozen comes out if they stay true to the original). It has cuteness, it has gypsy pirates, crazy kings, princes, evil garden ladies, evil queens, orphanages and evil masters, lots of snow and ice, mystery, beauty, magic and superb themes of friendship and kindness and letting go of anger and hatred should it turn you into evil. It is also in 3D but I did not get to see a 3D version and  nor, do I believe is the festival copy, I actually think it was filmed in 3D and the graphics in 2D were sensational, in 3D – next level. This film wins on ever level for me. I have seen an English dubbed trailer so am going to keep my eye out for it on DVD with the English dub so I can show it to all the ankle biters I see at friend’s houses. I loved it in Russian myself, I am 1/4 Russian and know absolutely nothing about the culture or language besides vodka 🙂 The foreign language added to the intrigue and uniqueness, but this will not be cool for kids. They just do not do subtitles.

 

THE SNOW QUEEN,  a RUSSIAN ANIMATION screening at this year's RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL
THE SNOW QUEEN, a RUSSIAN ANIMATION screening at this year’s RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL

 

Anyway – head HERE for times and ticket information to see this film during the Russian Resurrection Film Festival – I highly recommend it. You can also follow the festival on Twitter for updates – follow them HERE. Keep posted on Salty for reviews of as many of the films as we can.

 

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