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Sirene (1968)



Monstrous cranes and prehistoric flying reptiles dominate an inhospitable seaport. Only a lonely angler is tolerated as a human being. He witnesses a strange idyll between a cabin boy and a mermaid. Dream or reality?


With 'Sirene' a problem arose with the figures that had to appear 'human' and 'poetic'. They were given a more classic appearance, while the other protagonists remained very stylized. Norbert Desyn's beautiful decors acted as a binding agent. ”





1968: “Silver Pelican”: International Animation Film Festival - Mamaia (Romania).

1969: Grand Prize for Animation Film - Tehran (Iran).

1969: Film Critic's Award: International Film Festival - Tehran (Iran).

1969: “Silver Boomerang”: International Film Festival - Melbourne (Australia).

1969: “Award Richard Declerck”, Grand Prize: National Film Festival - Antwerp (Belgium).

1969: Prize for best colour film: National Film Festival - Antwerp (Belgium).

1970: “Silver Hugo”, First Prize for Animation Film: International Film Festival - Chicago (USA).

1970: First Prize: International Film Festival - Philadelphia (USA).



Technical sheet


  • Format: 35mm

  • Colour

  • Frame: 1 x 1.33

  • Sound: Mono

  • Length: 9'30 ”

  • Original version: international - no dialogues

  • Directed by: Raoul Servais

  • Script: Raoul Servais

  • Animation: Raoul Servais & Willy Verschelde

  • Backgrounds: Norbert Deseyn

  • Music: Lucien Goethals

  • Producer: Absolon Films / Anagram, realized in collaboration with the Flemish Community

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