Israeli Short Film Aya Nominated for Oscar

While it’s much praised film Gett was left out of the final cut for the Oscar nominations for best foreign language film, Israel will still be represented at this year’s Academy Awards. Its short film “Aya” was nominated in the best foreign language short category.

Directed by Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, “Aya” stars Sarah Adler as a woman who is mistaken at Ben-Gurion Airport for the driver who is supposed to pick up a foreign arrival to Israel.

Aya is one of 15 collaborations between Binnun and Brezsis. 40 minutes long, the movie is named for the title character who is waiting at the airport to pick someone who had just landed, only to find herself collecting a total stranger, Thomas, a Scandinavian music critic judge who came Israel for the Rubinstein Piano Competition.

Thomas mistakenly believes that Aya is the driver sent to pick him up.

Aya, fascinated by his presence and the randomness of their meeting, does not reveal the mistake and instead decides to give Thomas a ride.

Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun are graduates of the Sam Spiegel Film Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. Their Diploma films’ “Sabath Entertainment” and “Tuesday’s Women” were screened and awarded in numerous festivals world-wide, and acquired by broadcasters such as the Sundance Channel and Canal+.

Their recent film “Lost Paradise” has received over 20 prizes in international festivals. The duo has also directed music videos and commercials together.
Currently they are developing a feature length film with the support of the Israeli Film Fund.

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