(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Two Israeli films have made the list of 10 finalists for best short film at next February’s 87th Academy Awards (Oscars).
One finalist is the 40-minute “Aya”—directed by Michal Brezis and Oded Binnun, and starring Sarah Adler and Ulrich Thomsen—the story of a woman who mistakenly picks up the wrong person from the airport, yet the man decides to maintain the pretense.
The other Israeli finalist is “Summer Vacation,” or “Chofesh Hagadol” in Hebrew. The 22-minute film was directed by Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon, and stars Yiftach Klein, Oded Leopold, and Hilla Vidor. In the film, a family goes on vacation to a beautiful sunny island, yet one member simply wants to get away from it all. The film contended at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
The final listings for the 2015 Oscars will be announced on Jan. 15.