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1988 / France, USA

Length: 96 min

Language: English, French

Subtitles: English

Classification: 12


Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Writer: Gérard Brach

Cinematography: Philippe Rousselot

Editing: Noëlle Boisson

Composer: Philippe Sande

Sound Designer: Eric Mauer

Production: Claude Berri, Pierre Grunstein

Classic: The Bear

The Bear (L’Ours), directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, is a true classic in its genre. The events of the film take place in 1885 in British Columbia, Canada. Youk, an orphaned grizzly bear cub runs away from home and, upon finding himself stranded in Kodiak Island, befriends Kaar, an adult male Kodiak bear. Kaar, however, is in danger - he is being pursued by hunters, who set out to chase both Youk and Kaar through the wild.


The film is an adaptation of the classic 1916 novel The Grizzly Bear by author James Oliver Curwood. The story finds its inspiration in Curwood’s own life as a hunter-turned-nature-conservationist, with the animal perspective taking center stage in the film’s narration and style.


The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film Editing and a BAFTA for Best Cinematography and won the César Awards for Best Director and Best Editing.

SINFF 2016