The great bear

Esben Toft Jacobsen

Denmark / 2011 / 73'


Jonathan, 11, usually spends his vacations alone with his grandfather who lives on the edge of a vast forest populated by mythical animals. This year his kid sister Sophie joins him. But it's not cool to be stuck with a little sister, so he does what he can to avoid her. He succeeds entirely too well: Sophie is kidnapped by a giant, 1000-year-old bear. Now, Jonathan has to venture into the heart of the forest to confront the strange beings that dwell there and rescue his sister.


Esben Toft Jacobsen

Esben Toft Jacobsen studied Visual Communication in Denmark and graduated in Animation Direction at the National Film School of Denmark in 2006. Jacobsen is a freelance artist and has devised a host of computer games. His graduation film “Having a Brother” (2006) won him a special mention at the Berlin Film Festival. He has devised and directed several productions at Copenhagen Bombay and the short film “Kiwi & Strit”. “The Great Bear” was selected at the Berlinale in the Generation Kplus section and is his first feature film.


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