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The Day Vladimir Died

Spring Grants 2020 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION

Fadi Syriani / Short Narrative / Lebanon, Germany, Qatar / 11 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Animation


Vladimir, an old Beirut resident, checks the obituaries page and attends funerals daily. Following an unusual encounter on his “mourning” routine, Vladimir finds himself searching for his own notice. On his journey, Vladimir tries to cope with the decay and gradual disappearance of loved ones. ‘The Day Vladimir Died’ is a poetic interpretation of a troubling quest to deal with the uncertain and probably imagined end to our mortal and ephemeral presence.


Fadi Syriani
Fadi Syriani
Maryam Al Khulaifi, Jana Wehbe (The Attic Productions), Roland Fischer (Ocean)

About the Director

Fadi Syriani is an animator, a writer/director and a holder of a master’s degree in architecture. In 2016, Fadi founded the Youth Animation Platform (YAP), offering young talents the opportunity to tell their stories through different animation techniques. Fadi is currently working on his animated short film ‘The Day Vladimir Died’. This film has been selected to take part in the Arab Animation Co-production Forum in April 2019, in the framework of the International Trickfilm Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. The film then went on to receive a nomination for the 2020 Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. His first animated short film’ Operation Rudolph’ is in the production stage after being awarded the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture (AFAC) Grant for Cinema in November 2015. As a YAP lead mentor, Fadi offers young filmmakers hands-on training to all the elements required for the production of animated films, and different kinds of animated art. YAP was recently selected to receive a grant as part of AFAC Training and Regional Events Grants Program 2019, to support young talents to produce short animated films in collaboration with Metropolis Art Cinema in Beirut, Lebanon.

Production Company Profile

The Attic is a growing boutique film production house with an innovatory sparkle that intends to bring to light films by emerging talented directors. Based in Beirut, The Attic was founded in 2009. It aims to participate vigorously in the present and future of cinema in the Middle East by focusing on fine and exceptional content without compromise. The Attic produced Elie Kamal’s short films ‘21⁄2’ (2010), which was screened at numerous film festivals and received a FIPRESCI award at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2010, ‘Talej’ (2012), ‘Revoltango’ (2014), ‘Beirut Terminus’ (2018) along with a series of corporate projects.

Ocean Pictures Filmproduction develops and produces ambitious German and international films in close cooperation with filmmakers and partners. CEO & Producer Roland Fischer is responsible for Andersartig (Dennis Stein-Schomburg, 2011), which won the FFA-Short Tiger Award, the critically acclaimed short Sechster Sinn, Drittes Auge, Zweites Gesicht (Jan Riesenbeck, 2012/2013), which was nominated for the German Short Film Award. He also produced the Berlinale 2015 selected ‘The Old Man and The Bird’ (Dennis Stein-Schomburg, 2015) and the award-winning co-production Schwerelos, by Jannis Lenz. Latest projects are the Swiss-German co-production ‘Greater Than’ (Kate Haase & Sebastian Hühnel) and the Austrian-German co-production ‘Wannabe’ (Jannis Lenz), nominated for the European Film Award 2017/2018.


  • Production Company

    Ocean Pictures

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