Aleksandr PETROV
Александр ПЕТРОВ
Aleksandr PETROV
Russia / Canada / Japan, 1999, 22mn 
Colour, animation
The Old Man and the Sea
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Старик и море


 Le Vieil Homme et la mer

 Starik i more

Directed by : Aleksandr PETROV (Александр ПЕТРОВ)
Writing credits : Aleksandr PETROV (Александр ПЕТРОВ)
Production : Production Pascal Blais, Imagina Corporation, Dentsu Technical, NHK, Panorama (Jaroslavl)
Release date in Russia : 17/10/2001

Awards :
Oscar dans la catégorie Best Short Film, Animated, 2000

DVD with subtitles
Editor : Editions Montparnasse

Plot synopsis
After many weeks of returning home to his small village, day after day with nothing in his boat, Santiago is forced to accept the other villager's small charities. He resolves to sail far out to sea in search of a catch that will redeem his self-confidence. Early the next morning, he descends to his fishing skiff, and rows out, into the dark sea, saying good-bye to his friend, the small boy, and the safety of the beach, perhaps for the last time.
Later that day his luck turns and he hooks the giant marlin. The battle begins, not just with the fish, but with himself as well; the battle for his life, his regained youth and the return of his peer's respect.

Commentaries and bibliography
The Old Man and the Sea (Russian: Старик и море) is a 1999 paint-on-glass-animated short film directed by Aleksandr Petrov, based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film won many awards, including the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Work on the film took place in Montréal over a period of two and a half years and was funded by an assortment of Canadian, Russian and Japanese companies. French and English-language soundtracks to the film were released concurrently. It was the first animated film to be released in IMAX.
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Selected in the following festivals :
- Russian film festival in Paris, Paris (France), 2021
- FEMA / La Rochelle International Film Festival, La Rochelle (France), 2013
- International debut film festival, Khanty Mansiysk (Russia), 2013
- Festival international du film d'animation de Baillargues, Baillargues (France), 2011
- Festival international du film de La Roche sur Yon, La Roche sur Yon (France), 2011
- Festival international de cinéma d'animation de Meknes : FICAM, Meknes (Morocco), 2011
- Semaine du cinéma russe à Gérarmer, Gerardmer (France), 2010
- Soirées du cinéma russe de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (France), 2010
- Festival international du film d'Amiens, Amiens (France), 2010
- Annecy International Animation Festival, Annecy (France), 2010
- Istanbul International Film Festival, Istanbul (Turkey), 2008
- Arras International Film Festival, Arras (France), 2007
- Festival de films "Pour éveiller les regards", Aubervilliers (France), 2007
- Nantes Russian Film Festival, Nantes (France), 2002

Photos and videos

Trailer in English and Russian