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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?

This film contains scenes of nudity and/or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Aria, Pjotr Sapegin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Pjotr Sapegin
  • producer
    David Reiss-Andersen
    Marcel Jean
  • producer's assistant
    Francine Langdeau
  • script
    Berit Reiss-Andersen
  • director of photography
    Janne Hansen
  • animation
    Pjotr Sapegin
    Ronald Kubicek Hansen
  • puppet making
    Eugenia Bogolubova
  • layout
    Ronald Kubicek Hansen
  • puppets daily care
    Christine Groos
  • assistant director
    Kaja Wright Polmar
    Siri Natvik
  • special effects
    Natasha Nikitina
  • editor
    Pal Gengenbach
  • photography consultant
    Kjell Vassdal
  • equipment
    Natasha Nikitina
  • negative processing
    Film Teknikk Norge
  • digital post production
    Logo Digital Film Lab
  • None
    Dorte Kampp
  • colorist
    Natasha Leonett
  • Inferno artist
    Claus Greffel
  • Arri Laser recording
    Andreas Rostock
    Pelle Folmer
  • processing intermediate negative
    Jens Kruse
  • music
    Giacomo Puccini
  • musical arrangement
    Normand Roger
  • musical adaptation
    Normand Roger
  • musical arrangement - collaboration
    Denis Chartrand
  • musical adaptation - collaboration
    Denis Chartrand
  • soloist
    Natalie Choquette
  • music recording
    François Arbour
  • sound editing
    Jean-Baptiste Roger
  • sound mixer
    Serge Boivin
  • technical coordination
    Andrée Delagrave

  • tawnytoo

    I love this animation. Watched it several times.

    tawnytoo, 4 Aug 2022
  • HanyHosny

    amazing wow

    HanyHosny, 13 Nov 2015
  • tawnytoo

    Beautiful and emotional. I have played it several times and love it!

    tawnytoo, 29 Jun 2015
  • lonecat


    lonecat, 19 Nov 2014