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On the 85th anniversary of Soyuzmultfilm we screen this exquisite 1968 Soviet animation of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairy tale, The Little Mermaid or Rusalochka. Telling the story of a little mermaid who trades her voice for legs after falling in love with a Prince, the story starts in the black and white human world of Copenhagen, where tourists believe in love and not in mermaids. The story then flips underwater, to the gorgeous visuals of the Mermaid kingdom, accompanied by Aleksandr Lokshin’s haunting music.

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Justine Waddell
Justine Waddell
One of the most beautiful animations ever
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.
Alison Hindell
Alison Hindell
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!
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