Israeli Short Film 'Aya' Gets Oscar Nod

Movie about woman's unexpected encounter at Ben-Gurion Airport to be sole Israeli representative at awards ceremony.

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A scene from the short film "Aya."
A scene from the short film "Aya."Credit: YouTube screenshot

"Aya," a film about a young woman waiting at an airport who has an unexpected encounter with an arriving passenger, is Israel's lone nominee for the 2015 Academy Awards.

The film, by Oded Binnun and Michal Brezis, was nominated for the Short Film (Live Action) category by the Academy in Los Angeles on Thursday. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on February 22.

These are the first Academy Award nominations for Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, according to the official website of the Oscars.

The plot of "Aya," a 40-minute Israeli-French coproduction created in 2012, 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.

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