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Hungarian Short Film Sing Up for an Oscar at this Weekend’s 89th Academy Awards!

Tom Szigeti 2017.02.24.

This weekend, the 89th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. There, a Hungarian film, Sing (Mindenki) will be among the contenders for the Live Action Short Film Oscar.

This year’s Academy Awards will begin at 5:30pm Pacific Standard Time (2:30 am Central European Time), and will be hosted by comedian and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. It will be shown on ABC, and in Hungary on Duna TV.

To clarify, the film, directed by Kristof Deák, was not nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar; that category, which was won last year by the Hungarian film Son of Saul, is reserved for feature length films. That does not, however, take anything away from the enormity of Deák’s achievement.

Sing has already had a great degree of international success before its nomination last month in the Live Action Short Film category: the film won the Grand Prix prize at the Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo, the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Kids category, and the Adult Jury Prize in the Live-action Short Film category at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (read our full article on Sing and other Hungarian Oscar contenders here).

In addition, this past November the film made the Oscar nomination shortlist. In total, then, Sing, along with the four other films nominated, beat out 70 other short films from all over the world.

The film, which is 25 minutes long, takes place in Budapest in 1991. According to the film’s director, it is inspired by a true story, and “follows an award-winning school choir, their charming teacher and the new girl in class whose arrival starts a series of events that might expose the dark truth behind their fame.” The film stars two child-actors, Dorka Gáspárfalvi and Dorottya Hais, while the teacher is played by Zsófia Szamosi, who has a prominent role in the new, warmly received Hungarian Psycho-Thriller Strangled (A Martfűi Rém), playing the part of the wrongly convicted man’s sister (read our article on Strangled here).

The other nominees in the Live Action Short Film are the Spanish film Timecode; Danish film Silent Nights; Ennemis Intérieurs (Enemies Within), from France; and La Femme et le TGV, from Switzerland.

Sing is only the second Hungarian live-action short film to receive an Oscar nomination; the first was 1963’s Concert, directed by István Szabó, who would go on to direct Mephisto, Hungary’s first Foreign Language Film Oscar winner. If it wins, then, Sing will become the first film directed by a Hungarian to secure a win in the category.

You can view Concert in its entirety below:

Via Oscars.org and MTI

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