The first Arab nomination.. A Jordanian short film that competes for the best student Oscars


Khaled mahmoud

Posted on: Friday, August 20, 2021 – 2:05 PM | Last update: Friday, August 20, 2021 – 2:05 PM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar) 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 Feature Film award in the Student Academy Awards, in the Best Foreign Short Fiction section, registering the first Arab nomination in this category. The awards ceremony will be held in Beverly Hills on October 21.

37 films from emerging filmmakers are competing in the 48th Academy Awards for students, and Talavision is competing 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.

Murad Abu Eisheh was born in Amman, Jordan in 1992. He received his BA in Visual Communication Design from the German Jordanian University in 2014. Murad directed several short films and advertisements for Royal High Court Jordan before starting his directing studies at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. During his studies, Murad used his time to approach politics in the Middle East with a broader perspective, and used his cinematic approach to shed light on political and human grievances in the Arab world. His films have been shown at the biggest festivals for young talents in Germany. In addition to his studies, he is a representative of the Robert Bosch Foundation’s Follow The Nile Audiovisual Development Program for Africa, where he has the opportunity to give support to emerging African filmmakers to create their own vision and broaden his horizons as a citizen and as a filmmaker.


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