27 September 2023

2023 Oscar-nominated Short Films (Animated) & Short Films (Live Action)

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Directors: Various, Bonsai Films.

An Australian entry is included among the 2023 Oscar® Nominated *Short Films (Animated) titled An Ostrich Told Me the World is Fake and I Think I Believe It by young Brisbane-based filmmaker, Lachlan Pendragon.

*Short Films (Animated) are:

  • An Ostrich Told Me the World is Fake and I Think I Believe It – Lachlan Pendragon, Australia, 12 min.
  • Ice Merchants – João Gonzalez and Bruno Caetano, Portugal/France/UK, 15 min.
  • My Year of Dicks – Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Pamela Ribon, USA, 26 min.
  • The Flying Sailor – Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, Canada, 8 min.
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud, UK, 33 min.

*Short Films (Live Action) are:

  • An Irish Goodbye – Tom Berkeley and Ross White, UK, 23 min.
  • Ivalu – Anders Walter and Rebecca Pruzan, Denmark, 17 min.
  • Le Pupille – Alice Rohrwacher, Italy, 39 min.
  • Night Ride – Eirik Tveiten and Gaute Lid Larssen, Norway, 16 min.
  • The Red Suitcase – Cyrus Neshvad, Luxembourg, 18 min

Director Lachlan Pendragon says An Ostrich Told Me the World is Fake and I Think I Believe It is “quite literally a timelapse of what I did for a year.”

When a young telemarketer is confronted by a mysterious talking ostrich, he learns that the universe is stop motion animation. He must put aside his dwindling toaster sales and focus on convincing his colleagues of his terrifying discovery.

An Irish Goodbye – sees estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan being forced to reunite on a farm in rural Northern Ireland following the untimely death of their mother.

Ivalu: Danish Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter Anders Walter gives us a story where Ivalu is gone. Her little sister is desperate to find her. Where is she? Her father does not care. The vast Greenlandic nature holds secrets.

The Red Suitcase: By Cyrus Neshvad, an Iranian film director, comes this story about an Iranian girl who decides to remove her headscarf/Hijab in a
life-changing situation. s

* All these 2023 Oscar-nominated films will be in cinemas nationally on the first two weekends in March – 3,4 & 5 and 10, 11 & 12

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