Thursday, November 24, 2016
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that ten (10) live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards.
Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting. One hundred thirty-seven (137) short films had originally qualified in the category.
The 10 films are listed below.
Bon Voyage, Marc Raymond Wilkins, Switzerland, Greece and Turkey, 21'
Ennemis Intérieurs (Enemies Within), Sélim Azzazi, France, 27'
Graffiti, Lluís Quílez, Spain and Ukraine, 30'
La Femme et le TGV, Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30'
Les Frémissements du Thé (The Way of Tea), Marc Fouchard, France, 21'
Mindenki (Sing), Kristóf Deák, Hungary, 25'
Nocturne in Black, Jimmy Keyrouz, Lebanon, 23'
The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy, Oualid Mouaness, Lebanon, 18'
Silent Nights, Aske Bang, Denmark
Timecode, Juanjo Giménez Peña, Spain, 15'
Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December. Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre.
Bon Voyage by Marc Raymond Wilkins
Synopsis: A couple‘s compassion is put to the test when they come across a sinking ship of refugees while on a pleasure trip across the Mediterranean.
Ennemis Intérieurs (Enemies Within) by Sélim Azzazi
Synopsis: During the 90s, Algerian terrorism reaches France. Two men. Two identities. One battle.
Graffiti by Lluís Quílez
Synopsis:An apocalyptic world. A devastated city. One last survivor. Edgar has learned to survive on his own avoiding contaminated areas by the “incident” which destroyed life as we knew it. But Edgar’s routine is suddenly disrupted by the discovery of a wall with graffitis by his bed. Just one word reveals the presence of another survivor: “Anna”.
La Femme et le TGV by Timo von Gunten
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 (faithful) 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 worlds with each other. But Elise’s fairytale is cut short when the train line permanently detours for a shorter route to Paris. Not willing to do without her daily delight, Elise prompts a daring escape from her comfort zone and sets out to find the train conductor.
Les Frémissements du Thé (The Way of Tea) by Marc Fouchard
Synopsis: A small town in northern France, Alex, a young skinhead, enters Malik's grocery store.
Mindenki (Sing) by Kristóf Deák
Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, it follows an award winning school choir, their charming teacher and the new girl in class whose arrival starts a series of events that might expose the dark truth behind their fame.
Nocturne in Black by Jimmy Keyrouz
Synopsis: In a war-ravaged Middle Eastern neighborhood, a musician struggles to rebuild his piano after it is destroyed by Jihadists.
The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy by Oualid Mouaness
Synopsis: Thinking they're doing the right thing by taking matters into their own hands, two brothers cross the line when they take a household rifle without their father's consent. Set in contemporary middle class rural Lebanon, a country with a porous border constantly threatened by hostile infiltration, this coming-of-age story examines fraternal trust and brings into focus the ethics of seemingly innocuous violence and its consequences.
Silent Nights by Aske Bang
Timecode by Juanjo Giménez Peña
Synopsis: Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.