Five minutes to sea

The mother issues her decree: before you get back in the water, you have to take a break and sit quietly for five minutes. For the little girl, these five minutes are an ocean of boredom that stretches on forever and ever. She starts to watch the other bathers and how they spend their five minutes.

  • Natalia Mirzoyan
    Director
  • Natalia Mirzoyan
    Writer
  • Ilia Popov, Anatoliy Prokhorov, Nadezhda Kuznetsova
    Producer
  • Artem Fadeev
    Music
  • Svetlana Pismichenko
    Key Cast
    “the mother”
  • Elena Markina
    Key Cast
    “the old lady”
  • Ekaterina Pychtina
    Key Cast
    “the girl”
  • Natalia Mirzoian
    Artist
  • Yulia Vorobieva
    Artist
  • Elena Nesterova
    Artist
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Пять минут до моря
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 22, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Fantoche Film Festival
    Baden
    Switzerland
    September 4, 2018
    World Premiere
  • Krok
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    October 3, 2018
    Russian Premiere
    Special Jury prize, Audience Award
  • Indie anifest
    Seol
    Korea, Republic of
    September 15, 2018
    Asian premier
    Grand Prix Light of Asia
  • Ottawa
    Ottawa
    Canada
    September 28, 2018
    North American Premiere
  • Animanima

    Serbia
    September 6, 2018
  • AnimaSyros

    Greece
    October 28, 2018
  • Balkanima

    Serbia
    October 4, 2018
  • Klik
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    October 14, 2018
  • Taichung International Animation Festival

    Taiwan
    October 18, 2018
    Jury destinision
  • Animaevka
    Magilev
    Belarus
    October 28, 2018
    Best direction award
  • Kuandu International Animation Festival

    Taiwan
    October 30, 2018
    Honorable mention
  • Luchezarniy angel
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    November 1, 2018
    Best animated film
  • Animateka

    Slovenia
    December 3, 2018
  • Anilogue
    Budapesht
    Hungary
    November 30, 2018
  • Giraf international animation festival

    Canada
    November 15, 2018
  • CINEMAZERO

    Italy
    November 29, 2018
    Best film
  • Anima
    Brussel
    Belgium
  • Annecy

    French Guiana
  • Zagreb

    Croatia
    Ruth Lindford's award
  • Encounters
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    Grand prize
Director Biography - Natalia Mirzoyan

Born in 1982 in Yerevan. Natalia graduated from the Arts school named after H. Danielyan and Department of Philosophy in Yerevan State University. She attended the faculty of easel graphics in Saint Petersburg Institute of Decorative-Applied Arts. Starting from 2004 works in “Peterburg as animator and director. Her films “My Childhood Mystery Tree” and “Chinti” participated in many festivals and received prizes all over the world.

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Director Statement

In this story, the author wants, in addition to the atmosphere of a sunny and carefree beach, seen through the eyes of a little girl, to convey the sensation of the elasticity of time and the immediacy of children's fantasies, as well as the notion of the interconnectedness of everything that comes in the view the casual observer, even if it's simply other beachgoers. The action of the film is limited to a short period of time - five minutes, - and a small space - the beach. The five minutes of screen time correspond almost exactly to five minutes of the plot. These five minutes primarily represent the ephemeral nature of a wonderful summer day, and the fear of losing it and spending it in vain. The film shows a small but memorable moment from childhood, juxtaposed with the theme of old age and the difference in perception of time at the end and the beginning of life.