Thursday 19 August 2021
I wrote – Mona El Mougy:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar) has announced the nomination of the Jordanian short film, “Talavision,” directed by Murad Abu Eisha from the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, to compete for the Best Narrative Film award at the Student Academy Awards, within the Best Foreign Short Fiction section. The awards are in Beverly Hills on October 21.
37 films from emerging filmmakers are competing in the 48th Academy Awards for students, and Talavision competes with six other films in the Best Foreign Language Short Film competition.
Professor Thomas Schaad, Director of the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, said, “The nomination for the Student Film Academy Award is the 18th nomination for the Academy’s film, Talafizion, and an opportunity to win the most important international award in the world of young filmmakers for the seventh time. It also represents a milestone in the Academy’s internationalization strategy.”
Talavision had its world premiere at the Max Ophuls Festival in Germany, where it won the Audience and Jury Awards, marking the first time in the festival’s history that a medium-length film received two awards within its activities. The film project also won the First Steps Award and the Michael Ballhaus Award for Best Camera. He also received the support of the Royal Film Commission through the Jordan Fund to Support Films in its fourth session in 2019, and was chosen by the jury of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival within the Clermont Market. It is worth noting that the film also won the Best Short Film Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
The film revolves around the eight-year-old girl, Tala, trapped in a war-torn reality, and finds freedom and solace in a banned television. But this secret TV turns out to be a matter of life or death. The film was written and directed by Murad Abu Eisha, a Jordanian-German co-production, starring Ziad Bakri, Aisha Blasim, Khaled Al-Tarifi, photographed by Philip Haines, and produced by Judd Kou. MAD Solutions is responsible for distributing the film in the Arab world.