Two Israeli Short Films Shortlisted for Oscar

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Directors Sharon Maymon, left, and Tal Granit at the 2014 Venice Film Festival.Credit: AP

Two Israeli films are among ten movies contending in the best short movie category at the 87th Academy Awards.

"Aya" by Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun and "Summer Vacation" by Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit were shortlisted out of 141 films for best short film.

The plot of "Aya," a 40-minute Israeli-French coproduction created two years ago, centers around a woman of the same name (played by Sara Adler) who picks up a stranger at the airport. The man, a Scandinavian music critic (played by Ulrich Thomsen) believes Aya is the driver sent to meet him, and she decides to play the role and take him to his destination.

The film won an Ophir award for best short feature film 2013. It was produced by Yael Abecassis, Pablo Mehler and Hilel Rozman.

"Summer Holiday" was also created two years ago (its creators, Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit, have since made "A Good Death" which premiered at the Venice Film Festival). The film tells the story of an Israeli family vacationing on the beach, and a stranger who arrives and leads to a love triangle. Actors include Yiftach Klein, Oded Leopold and Hilla Vidor. Maymon and Granit wrote and directed, and coproduced with Gal Greenspan and Roi Kurland. The film participated in the short films competition at the 2013 Sundance Festival.

The Israeli filmmakers will know on January 15 if their films made it into the final stage (3-5 films in the best short film category). The 87th Academy Awards will take place in Hollywood on February 22.

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