There’s an Israeli film in the running for the Academy Awards this year: Aya in the Best Live Action Short category.
The 40-minute drama by Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun and starring Sarah Adler and Ulrich Thomsen, had been among 10 films shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards. Another Israeli film, Summer Vacation, was also on that list.
Aya tells the story of a woman who picks up a complete stranger — a Danish music researcher visiting Israel as a judge for the Rubinstein Piano Competition — at the airport and mischievously sets off with him for his destination.
The final five nominees were announced on Thursday in Los Angeles.
“This is the first film my company produced. Michal and Oded are wonderful directors and they have a bright future ahead of them. They tell stories that can only be dreamed of,” producer Yael Abecassis told Walla news website. “I’m so happy to be representing Israel at the Oscars.”
The Oscars will be held on February 22, 2015.