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Last week, artist Mikhail Shemyakin presented 13 minutes of "Hoffmaniada," his first animated film, to a Moscow audience. The film is based on the tales of 19th-century German author E.T.A. Hoffman. Shemyakin is no stranger to Hoffman's works; in 2001, he designed the sets and costumes for a Mariinsky Theater staging of "The Nutcracker," the Tchaikovsky ballet based on a Hoffman story. Shemyakin and his collaborators at the Soyuzmultfilm animation studio plan to make "Hoffmaniada" a full-length feature -- if they can raise the funds to make the rest of the film.

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