A documentary film introducing the God of animation, Yuri Norshteyn


Yuriy Norshteyn, Russia’s most renowned animator, has crafted many brilliant works, including his award-winning Tale of Tales and Hedgehog in the Fog. He is revered by animation creators across the globe, most notably Japanese masters Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Thirty years ago, Norshteyn began work on an ambitious adaptation of The Overcoat by noted Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, but the project stalled and has been shelved for many years. A Japanese film crew visited Norshteyn’s studio in Moscow in June, 2016. They found there mountains of sketches, character studies and a shooting table covered with dust.

When will his much-awaited The Overcoat be finally completed? Norshteyn himself talks about its current status and the anguish and passion that has gone into its creation.


Presented in Russian and Japanese w/ English subtitles.


Running time: 109 minutes

Coming to Cinemas .....



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Creative Team

Director: Ryo Saitani

Editor: Akimasa Kawashima

Director of Photography: Yudai Katoh

Film Editor: Akimasa Kawashima

Translator: Hiroko Kojima 

Animation ‘The Nose’ by Kentaro Chiba 

Editing and Engineering by Aya Mitsuoka

Production Manager: Hiroya AKAIKE

Production Assistant: Misaki FUJIWARA

Supported by The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

Produced by LAPUTA Animation School, Fusion Product Inc.,  Laputa Asagaya, Yujiku Asagaya

Yuriy Borisovich Norshteyn

Tanya Usvayskaya: studio staff

Maksim Granik: shooting director

Larisa Zenevich: a painter, an art director

Francheska Yarbusova: Norstein’s wife, an art director

Mikhail Aldashin: a student of Norstein

Mikhail Tumelya: a student of Norstein

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