Soviet Film Wednesday: Birthnight


In Birthnight, Night visits young Tima, a boy who sleeps with the light on because he is afraid of the dark, and she invites him to her nighttime birthday party in the woods.

If the story doesn’t sound intriguing enough, the eccentric synth music of Eduard Artemyev is sure to transport you to another world, the realm of Night. The electronic composer also did film scores for SolarisStalker, Siberiade, and Burnt by the Sun.


The 1980 stop-motion animation was directed by Rozaliya Zelma, who had worked mainly on drawn animations until Birthnight (Ночь рождения). The story was written by Aleksandr Kostinskiy.

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