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Short Live Action Film Oscar Semi-Finalists & Andrzej Wajda European Film Awards Honor

Krystyna Janda, Pawel Szajda in Swet Rush
Krystyna Janda, Pawel Szajda in Swet Rush

The European Film Academy, EFA Productions, and the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI have announced that the 2009 Prix FIPRESCI goes to 83-year-old Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda (right) for Tatarak / Sweet Rush.

Based on Sándor Márai's short story, Sweet Rush – which has some points in common with The Door in the Floor – chronicles the love affair between a neglected doctor's wife (veteran Krystyna Janda) whose two sons died in World War II and a man half her age (US-born actor Pawel Szajda).

Shooting was interrupted following the death of Janda's husband, Wajda's frequent cinematographer Edward Klosinski. When production resumed, Wajda rearranged the narrative to focus on the filmmaking process itself, with Janda providing a first-person monologue at the beginning and at the end of the tale.

Sweet Rush shared with Gigante the Alfred Bauer Award at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. Curiously, Wajda's unusual drama is not Poland's submission for the 2010 Academy Award for best foreign language film – the Polish committee chose instead Borys Lankosz's Reverse.

FIPRESCI's General Secretary Klaus Eder explained: “For us critics it is without doubt a big pleasure to honor Wajda, who wrote European film history already with his first films (Generation, Kanal, Ashes and Diamonds) and who has influenced generations of filmmakers. We are therefore pleased and honored to show him all our respect as critics. Our award also honors his latest film Tatarak. It's not at all what you would call a later work – it is, on the contrary, the film of a young spirit, with which Wajda in a risky and courageous way undertakes to open new and very personal perspectives for the European authors' cinema of today.”

According to the European Film Academy's press release, Andrzej Wajda will be present at the 2009 European Film Awards ceremony on December 12 in Bochum, Germany, to accept his award.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 semi-finalists in the live action short film category of the 2010 Academy Awards. Seventy-one pictures had originally qualified.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order:

The Door by Juanita Wilson

The Door, Juanita Wilson, director, and James Flynn, producer (Octagon Films Ltd.)

The Ground Beneath, Rene Hernandez

The Ground Beneath, Rene Hernandez, director, and Kristina Ceyton, producer (Passion Pictures)

Hotel, Tim Conrad

Hotel, Tim Conrad, director-producer (Oyster Films)

Instead of Abracadabra, Patrik Eklund

Instead of Abracadabra, Patrik Eklund, director, and Mathias Fjellstrom, producer (Direktorn & Fabrikorn)

Kavi, Gregg Helvey

Kavi, Gregg Helvey, director-producer (Gregg Helvey)

Miracle Fish, Luke Doolan

Miracle Fish, Luke Doolan, director, and Drew Bailey, producer (Druid Films)

The New Tenants

The New Tenants, Joachim Back, director, and Tivi Magnusson, producer (Park Pictures)

Kate Mulgrew in The Response, Adam Rodgers

The Response, Adam Rodgers, director, and Sig Libowitz, producer (Look at the Moon Productions)

Short Term 12, Destin Daniel Cretton

Short Term 12, Destin Daniel Cretton, director-producer, and Michelle Steffes, producer (Destin Cretton)

Rupert Evans, Derek Jacobi in Sidney Turtlebaum, Tristram Shapeero

Sidney Turtlebaum, Tristram Shapeero, director, and Daniel Jewel, producer (Third Man Films Limited)

Among the talent featured in those shorts are Vincent D'Onofrio, Kate Mulgrew, Kevin Corrigan, Rupert Evans, and Derek Jacobi.

Themes include: A courtroom drama based upon the actual transcripts of the Guantanamo military tribunals (The Response); a comedy about a 70-something gay con man with the quirky habit of gatecrashing into Shiva houses of mourning (Sidney Turtlebaum); a mystery in which an 8-year-old boy discovers that his wish has come true – everyone in the world has disappeared (Miracle Fish); and a socially conscious drama about an Indian boy who attempts to escape from the brick kiln where he is forced to perform what amounts to slave labor (Kavi).

Next, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will select three to five nominees from the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco in January 2010.

The 2010 Academy Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the US, it'll be televised live by ABC.

Coraline
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Jim Carrey in A Christmas Carol
Coraline (top); Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (middle); Jim Carrey in A Christmas Carol (bottom)

Fifteen animated features are up for consideration in the Best Animated Feature category for 2010 Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk has announced. They are:

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Battle for Terra
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Coraline
A Christmas Carol
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Mary and Max
The Missing Lynx
Monsters vs. Aliens
Planet 51
Ponyo
The Princess and the Frog
Up

Also, this year there will be five nominees in the Best Animated Feature category, instead of the usual three. (Twenty animated films have been submitted for the 2010 Academy Awards. Those missing from the Golden Globes list are Astro Boy, The Dolphin - Story of a Dreamer, The Secret of Kells, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, and A Town Called Panic.)

Nominations for 2010 Golden Globe Awards will be announced at 5:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, December 15.

Hosted by Ricky Gervais, the 2010 Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be broadcast live coast to coast Sunday, January 17, on NBC (5 to 8 pm PT, 8 to 11 pm ET) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

And here's another Golden Globes 2010 item: 173 live-action feature films (105 dramas and 68 comedies or musicals), 15 animated feature films, 133 television series (79 drama and 54 comedies), 33 mini-series or telefilms, and a record 69 foreign language films have qualified for 2010 Golden Globes, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk has announced.

Additionally, a record 103 songs are eligible for the Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.

Nominations for 2010 Golden Globe Awards will be announced at 5:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, December 15.

Hosted by Ricky Gervais, the 2010 Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be broadcast live coast to coast Sunday, January 17, on NBC (5 to 8 pm PT, 8 to 11 pm ET) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.


         
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12 Comments to Short Live Action Film Oscar Semi-Finalists & Andrzej Wajda European Film Awards Honor

  1. spinpup

    Congrat's on all the films that made it to the finals. And kudo's to all the short listed finalist's who didn't.
    I am bummed The Response didn't make it, but it's pretty cool how far it went. Considering it's a 'political' hotbed of a story.

  2. Margaret

    Saw The Response and thought it was incredibly powerful and moving; echoes of Kafka's The Trial; very timely. Hope it wins.

  3. Michelle Hutton

    Just found one.

  4. altfilmguide

    You counted nine photos.

    The New Tenants, Joachim Back, director, and Tivi Magnusson, producer (Park Pictures)

    We couldn't find an image for the one above.

  5. m. baker

    Thank you for listing the “10” short films in running for 2010 oscars …. I can count only 9

  6. Michael

    I hope Response wins as well

  7. Tyler

    The only one of these films that I've seen is Kavi. I'm a big fan of it. So much so, in fact, that I recently interviewed the director, Gregg Helvey. His surprisingly down-to-earth views on what he hopes to accomplish with the film were very refreshing. I hope his film wins.

  8. Amanda

    I have only seen Sidney Turtlebaum which I thought it was pretty incredible and a well deserved winner of LA Shortfest. It is about a gay Jewish man in his seventies that gatecrashes funerals (shivas) and pickpockets the mourners. It has a bit of everything, drama, humour, but what I liked most about it was the performance of the lead (Derek Jacobi) who played Sidney who was nothing but senstational! Definatly worth seeing and a big contender I think!

  9. Angie

    I hope Kavi wins!

  10. Spinpup

    Great films. I hope The Response wins.

  11. jane neaves

    that is really great news lets hope that the
    response wins

  12. Jackie James

    It's incredible that Astro Boy was not included in the list, when abysmal tripe like Planet 51, the latest Ice Age installment and the Chipmunks got a nod. :0 Astro has much more to commend it when it comes to animation, story, voice acting, musical score…one wonders by what criteria the nominees were chosen. Box office? But Coraline underperformed and Fox is a box-office flop. Really, there is no excuse. The Globes have lost their luster.