Aria

This animated short by Pjotr Sapegin is inspired by Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly. The puppet Butterfly lives alone on an island, until a white ship brings the handsome sailor Pinkerton. They become passionate lovers. Eventually his ship leaves, and Butterfly waits longingly for her lover to return. She feels an ocean of life growing in her belly. The ocean swells, and a small, unprotected mussel washes up on the shores of her body. He soon grows into a beautiful child. But when Pinkerton finally returns, he tears away Butterfly's child, dashing all her hopes. Butterfly can only find comfort in death... but how is a puppet to die?

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Film Credits

director
Pjotr Sapegin
producer
David Reiss-Andersen
Marcel Jean
script
Berit Reiss-Andersen
director of photography
Janne Hansen
animation
Pjotr Sapegin
Ronald Kubicek Hansen
layout
Ronald Kubicek Hansen
special effects
Natasha Nikitina
editor
Pal Gengenbach
Arri Laser recording
Andreas Rostock
Pelle Folmer
music
Giacomo Puccini
sound editing
Jean-Baptiste Roger
sound mixer
Serge Boivin

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