Oscars: who are the "opponents" of the Portuguese short film?

Portugal is, for the first time, in the running for an Oscar. “Ice Merchants”, produced by the Portuguese João Gonzalez, is among the nominees in the category of best animated short film. Get to know the stories told by the short films that were also distinguished by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Portuguese short film tells the story of a man who lives on top of a cliff with his son. Every day, the father jumps with a parachute to reach the village and sell the ice they produced during the night.

The project was distinguished at the Cannes festival, making João Gonzalez the first Portuguese director of animation films to be awarded at the French festival.

João Gonzalez never expected that his film could be in the running for one of the biggest film awards in the world: “I started this film as a school film, I started making it in my small room in London, I never imagined it could take on this kind of proportions. It was a very pleasant surprise. It took two years of work, it is very rewarding, obviously, to be valued“, he told Lusa.

“Ice Merchants” is the third film by João Gonzalez, with Portuguese production by Bruno Caetano, and co-production with France and the United Kingdom.

“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”

The short film by Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud was also nominated in the best animated short category. It tells the story of a boy who makes an unlikely friendship with a mole, a fox and a horse and, all together, they set out in search of the child’s home.

The story is based on an illustration book published in 2019 by Charlie Mackesy, which quickly became a bestseller. The short film has been highly acclaimed by critics, having already been nominated for the British film festival.

“The Flying Sailor”

The life of a sailor that passes before his eyes, in a tragic moment. The work developed by the Canadian duo Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby has been highly praised by critics.

Based on a true story, “The Flying Sailor” tells the story of a sailor who, in 1917, was projected two kilometers after two ships collided in Halifax Harbour. The collision caused the largest accidental explosion in history.

“My Year of Dicks”

It presents itself as a “hilarious and provocative” story. The short film “My Year of Dicks”, by Icelanders Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Pamela Ribon, which took 30 years to complete, follows the journey of a 15-year-old determined to lose her virginity.

This project is a retro-romantic comedy, which, bluntly, focuses on the female sexual awakening of the 90s. The short film comes from Pamela Ribbon’s memoir “Notes to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn’t t Share in Public”.

“An Ostrich Told Me The World Is Fake And I Think I Believe It”

A young company employee begins to question the world he lives in after an unlikely conversation with an ostrich. This is the story of the short film “An Ostrich Told Me The World Is Fake And I Think I Believe It”.

Using the stop motion film technique – a photography sequence, in which real dolls are molded to perform each movement –, Lachlan Pendragon takes us on an adventure in search of the truth.

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