(Denmark/Sweden/Great Britain/Norway, 2004, 91 minutes)

The prince of a mythical kingdom is misled by his scheming uncle into believing a rival tribe has killed his father, and sets out to avenge him, leaving the throne open to a power grab. Odd animated fantasy entirely done using string puppets; very handsomely done and technically very impressive, cleverly integrating the manipulating strings into the plotline, but severely underscripted, far too serious for children and too slight for grown-ups.

A Bald Film presentation/production, in co-production with Zentropa Entertainments5, Nordisk Film Production, Sandrew Metronome Danmark, Mainstream, Radar Film, Bob Film Sweden and Film & Music Entertainment; in collaboration with DR and Invicta Capital; with support from Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Norwegian Film Fund, Sveriges Television-SVT Fiktion, NRK and Nordic Film- & TV Fund. With the voices of James McAvoy, Derek Jacobi, Catherine McCormack, Julian Glover, Ian Hart, Claire Skinner, David Harewood, Samantha Bond, Michael Culkin, Alexandra Knapp, Oliver Golding, Nigel Hoyle, Andrew Kiernan, Alex Jennings, Malena Kristian. Directed by Anders Rønnow Klarlund; produced by Niels Bald; screenplay by Naja Marie Aidt, based on a story by Aidt and Anders Rønnow Klarlund; music by Jørgen Lauritsen; master puppeteer, Bernd Ogrodnik; chief puppet builder, Joakim Zacho Weylandt; directors of photography (Soho Images, Digitalscope), Kim Hattesen and Jan Weincke; production designer, Sven Wichmann; costume designer, Ingrid Søe; film editor, Leif Axel Kjeldsen; visual effects supervisor, Daniel Silwerfeldt.


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