France’s Enemies Within, directed by Selim Azzazi, leads the nominees as Best Short Film (Live action) for the upcoming Academy Awards in Hollywood. A simple, but well crafted, behind closed door tale of racism as a system set in 1990’s France, Azzazi’s film seems to appear at the right time in these troubled days. On the road to Oscar consideration Enemies Within will be up against another take on racism, with highly different approach, Danish director’s Aske Bang’s migrant tale of love, Silent Nights, the sixth nomination for producer Kim Magnusson in the category. Magnusson won in 1999, for Anders Thomas Jensen’s Valgaften, and in 2014, for Anders Walter’s Helium .
Strong competition will also come from Timo von Gunten’s La femme et le TGV, a beautiful Swiss-made romantic TGV story who brings star power consideration, with the presence of Jane Birkin, or the sympathetic Hungarian musical Mindenki, by Kristóf Deák, with its children chorus and, the Palme d’Or for short film at Cannes, Spain’s Timecode by Juanjo Giménez Peña.
*** for Montrealers, these short nominees are shown as a two-hour program starting today at Cinema Du Parc. Rest of the world check your local listings.