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2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action

Director: Aske Bang, Juanjo Giménez Peña, Kristof Deák, Sélim Aazzazi, Timo von Gunten Run Time: 132 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2016

The theatrical release of the Academy Award Nominated Short films has been met by enthusiastic audiences for eleven years. This year, Nitehawk is pleased to present the 2017 OSCAR® Nominated Short Films in the LIVE ACTION and ANIMATION categories!

The 2017 OSCAR® Nominated Short Films: LIVE ACTION are:

France / 28 mins / 2016
Director: Sélim Aazzazi
Producers: Benjamin De Lajarte, Sélim Azzazi & Frédéric Serve

Synopsis: 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.

Switzerland / 30 mins / 2016
Director: Timo von Gunten
Producer: Giacun Caduff
Executive Producers: Jean de Meuron & Bela Böke

Synopsis: 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.

Denmark / 30 mins / 2016
Director: Aske Bang
Producers: Tivi Magnusson and Kim Magnusson

Synopsis: 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.

Hungary / 25 mins / 2016
Director: Kristof Deák
Producers: Anna Udvardy & Kristof Deák

Synopsis: 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.

Spain / 15 mins / 2016
Producers: Juanjo Giménez, Daniel Villanueva, Arturo Méndiz

Synopsis: Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.