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The Old Man and the Sea (S)

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Original title
The Old Man and the Sea (Roujin to umi) (S)
Running time
20 min.
Russia Russia
Aleksandr Petrov (Novel: Ernest Hemingway)
Denis L. Chartrand, Normand Roger
Co-production Russia-Canada-Japan; Ogden Entertainment
Animation. Adventure. Drama | Fishing. Sea Adventures. Old Age. Short Film (Animated)
Movie Groups
Ernest Hemingway Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
The Old Man and the Sea 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 follows the plot of the original novel, but at times emphasizes different points.

It opens with the dream sequence of an old man named Santiago, who dreams about his childhood on the masts of a ship and lions on the shores. When he wakes up, we find out that he has gone 84 days without catching any fish at all. He is apparently so unlucky that his young apprentice, Manolin, has been forbidden by his parents to sail with the old man and been ordered to fish with more successful fishermen. Still dedicated to the old man, however, the boy visits Santiago's shack in the morning. The next day, before sunrise, Santiago and Manolin make their way to the seashore. Santiago says that he will venture far out into the Gulf to fish. Manolin wants to come, but Santiago insists on going alone.
1999: Oscar Awards: Best Animated Short Film
1999: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Short Film
2000: Annecy: Grand Prix
2000: Genie Awards: Nominated for Best Short Film
Critics' reviews
  • "A must "Sea"... Extraordinary (...) Rating: ★★★½ (over 4)"
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