From Germany, Palestine, the US, Kosovo and the UK, this year’s selection of Academy Award nominated short films tell diverse stories, from a translator’s first foray into a war zone, to a young man facing up to his stutter. These five pieces represent some of the best emerging talent of today.
Before the screening, we're really pleased to have Daniel Kahil, screenwriter for Ave Maria, director of Shok, Jamie Donoghue and for Stutterer, producer Serena Armitage and costume designer Francesca Turner to introduce the films.
Ave Maria The silent routine of 5 Palestinian nuns living in the West Bank wilderness is disturbed when an Israeli settler family breaks down right outside the convent just as the Sabbath comes into effect.
Palestine/France/Germany 2015 Dir Basil Khalil 15 min
Day One Inspired by a true story, this film depicts a new translator’s first day accompanying a US Army unit as it searches for a local terrorist. As she quickly discovers, her job will bring up brutal complexities as gender and religious barriers emerge with lives hanging in the balance.
US 2014 Dir Henry Hughes 25 min
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut) A divorced father picks up his eight-year-old daughter Lea. It seems pretty much like every second weekend, but after a while Lea can‘t help feeling that something isn't right. So begins a fateful journey.
Germany Austria 2015 Dir Patrick Vollrath 30 min
Shok (Friend) The friendship of two boys is tested to its limits as they battle for survival during the Kosovo war.
Kosovo/UK 2015 Dir Jamie Donoughue 21 min
Stutterer Apart from his ageing father, Greenwood has only one connection to the external world in the form of an online relationship. Every night, often for hours at a time, he exchanges messages with Ellie. On the eve of their six-month anniversary, Ellie messages Greenwood and tells him that she has travelled to London to surprise him. Suddenly, Greenwood is facing a daunting proposition with everything at stake.