We stumbled across this gem of Soviet animation while watching Khrzhanovsky's new film, The Nose. Why is it not better known? And what better way to celebrate 85 years of Soyuzmultfilm. Exquisite images, a deft, humorous and uncompromising screenplay, and proof from Andersen at least, that love really does exist. Heartbreaking.
Charming and poignant
Having worked with some former Soyuzmultfilm directors many years ago, this is a beautiful reminder of their individual artistry, largely free of Disney traces, and a delightfully melancholic story. I still wanted her to unleash the storm and save herself!