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Tale of Tales
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Tale of Tales consists of ephemeral, seemingly abstract, sequences which ruminate on war and mimic the working of human memory. Norstein’s naive and whimsical characterisations individualise and make potent social sorrow. The half hour animation is not focused on scenes of conflict, but on the changes wrought on domestic life. Particular emphasis is placed on the enormous losses the Soviet Union suffered during World War Two (or the Great Patriotic War) and the collective trauma of consciousness. This meditation on war and memory is widely regarded as the best animation of all time.

Directed by Yuri Norstein |
Russia |
1979 |
This film is kindly supported by Edward Shenderovich and family.
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Awards and Festivals
Best Film
Award Laurel
1984
Greatest Animated Film of all Time, Animation Olympiad Jury
Jury Award
Award Laurel
1980
Fipresci International Animated Film Festival
Grand Prix
Award Laurel
1980
Lille International Festival of Short & Documentary Film
First Prize
Award Laurel
1980
International Federation of Film Clubs, Oberhausen Germany
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