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An animated short inspired by Puccini's opera Madama 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 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 fragile hopes. Butterfly can find comfort only in death... yet how is a puppet to die? Film without words.

2001, 10 min 45 s

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First Prize - with a cash prize of 1,525Euros and 1,525Euros in laboratory Services
Festival Tous Courts
December 3 to 7 2002, Aix-en-Provence - France

Grand Prix "Wooden Wolf"
Black Nights Film Festival & Animated Dreams
November 29 2002 to December 8 2003, Tallinn - Estonia

Bronze Plaque Award - Category: Entertainment
International Film and Video Festival
October 23 to 25 2002, Columbus - USA

Honorary Mention
International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
October 15 to 20 2002, Leipzig - Germany

Honorary Mention
Nordisk Panorama
September 24 to 29 2002, Oulu - Finland

Award for Best International Short Film
International Francophone Film Festival in Acadie
September 20 to 26 2002, Moncton - Canada

International Grand Prix - with a cash prize of 25,000Dkr (5,140$Cdn approx.)
International Film Festival
August 12 to 16 2002, Odense - Denmark

Third Prize for Best Film given by the Professional Jury
Anima Mundi
July 12 to 21 2002, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

UIP Grimstad Prize
Grimstad Norwegian Short Film Festival
June 13 to 18 2002, Oslo - Norway

Jury Award
Yorkton Film Festival
May 23 to 26 2002, Yorkton - Canada

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