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Tale of Tales
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The undisputed masterpiece from the reclusive Yuri Norstein, Tale of Tales is widely regarded as one of the finest animations of all time. In only 29 minutes, Norstein traverses personal and national history in almost abstract sequences that mimic the working of human memory. Revolving around the central character of a little grey wolf, the film moves from childhood to adulthood, meditating on the losses of the Second World War and the nature of collective consciousness.

Directed by Yuri Norstein |
Russia |
1979 |
This film is kindly supported by Edward Shenderovich and family.
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Kristian Carter
Kristian Carter
Beautiful & Moving
Both haunting and beautiful, the aftermath of war through the sad eyes of a little grey wolf.
John Sleeman
John Sleeman
Such a Beautiful Film
I looked at this film with interest. It is very worthwhile to read AS Byatt's article on the film in the Guardian.
Awards and Festivals
1984
Award Laurel
Winner
“Greatest Animated Film of all Time”
Animation Olympiad Jury
1980
Award Laurel
Winner
Jury Award
FIPRESCI International Animated Film Festival, France
1980
Award Laurel
Winner
Grand Prix
Lille International Festival of Short & Documentary Film, France
1980
Award Laurel
Winner
Best Film
International Federation of Film Clubs, Oberhausen, Germany
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