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© 1999 Productions Pascal Blais inc., Imagica Corp., Panorama Film Studio of Yaroslavl.

The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea
© 1999 Productions Pascal Blais inc., Imagica Corp., Panorama Film Studio of Yaroslavl.

The Old Man and the Sea, is a story of friendship between a young boy and an aging fisherman tormented by hunger and weeks of ill luck. Santiago, a once strong, proud man is coming to terms with his failing abilities and age.

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. For two days and two nights his adversary pulls him further out to sea. Memories of his youth fill his vision, memories of battles fought and of scars healed. For hours at a time the physical game, he convinces himself, is only winnable if he can triumph mentally.

Unable to loosen or even adjust his grip, for fear that his foe would sense his failing strength, Santiago is forced into a motionless prison, escape from which, is in the hands of his greatest adversary ever.

"The Old Man and the Sea" is one of Hemingway's most enduring works and this film, animated and directed by Alexander Petrov, recasts in the authors striking style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Magnificently transposed through this award winning artist's more than 29,000 oil paintings, this film carries all the emotional power and meaning of the original story.

Director Alexandre Petrov

Animation Director, Alexander Petrov, worked tirelessly for over two and a half years under his animation camera, painting the more that 29,000 magnificent images that make up this film.

Petrov has received two prior Oscar nominations for "The Cow" in 1990 and "The Mermaid" in 1998.

Petrov's animation style of painting oils on sheets of glass, using his fingertips as brushes, gives all his work a dream-like quality reminiscent of a Rembrandt painting in motion.

Running time: 20 minutes
Production: Productions Pascal Blais inc., Imagica Corp., Panorama Film Studio

Director: Alexandre Petrov; Producers: Bernard Lajoie, Tatsuo Shimamura

Awards: Cinanima Festival (Espinho, Portugal) Grand Prize, R.T.P. Prize, Best Sound Track; WorldFest-Flagstaff (Texas, USA) Special Jury Award; Youth Animation Festival (Moscow, Russia) Grand Prize of Children Awards; Krok Animation Festival (Kiev, Ukraine) Grand Prize; Genie Awards (Toronto, Canada) Finalist