2017 Live Action Oscar Shorts
This year's Oscar-nominated live action short films hail from France, Switzerland, Denmark, Hungary, and Spain.
ENNEMIS INTERIEURS – dir. Sélim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes
An interview at a local police station turns into an inquisition during which a French-Algerian born man sees himself accused of protecting the identities of possible terrorists. This close-up on France's troubled history with its former colonies has one man controlling the fate of another with the stroke of a pen during a turbulent period in the 1990s.
LA FEMME ET LE TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes
Elise Lafontaine has a secret routine. Every morning and evening for many years, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One fateful day, she finds a letter from the train conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down. She engages in a promising correspondence through poetic and thoughtful letters where the two anonymous writers share their world with each other until the day the train line get's cancelled. The story is inspired by true events and stars César Award nominee Jane Birkin.
SILENT NIGHTS – dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes
Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter and falls in love with the illegal immigrant Kwame. Both live a hard life. Kwame finds comfort in Inger's arms, but says nothing about his family and children in Ghana. When his daughter becomes ill, he is forced to steal money from the homeless shelter to pay the hospital bill. Inger believe his lies about the theft and shows compassion. Kwame moves in with Inger and they are happy for a while, until the day when Kwame’s mobile phone reveals everything about his life in Ghana.
SING (MINDENKI)– dir. Kristof Deák, Hungary, 25 minutes
Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school - singing in the school’s famous choir is her only consolation, but the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is. It will take Zsofi and her new friend Liza to uncover the cruel truth. “Sing” is a childhood drama with a lot of music set in 1990s post-socialist Budapest, Hungary. Based on a true story, it follows an award-winning school choir and the new girl in class facing a tough choice: to stand up against a corrupt system - or to fit quietly into it.
TIMECODE – dir. Juanjo Giménez Peña, Spain, 15 minutes
Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.