THE AUDITION TO SCREEN IN OSCAR-QUALIFYING SHORTS COMPETITION AT NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

Live Action Shorts in Competition – Academy Award™ Qualifying Category

The Audition | Director: Michael Haussman. Italy. 11 minutes.
This scene begins as a playful challenge between two actors. What happens seems unplanned – as emotions become involved and they fall in love. The audience asks: Is this real? Or just really good acting?

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The Audition Wins Best Short At Byron Bay 2014

When the act of passion becomes reality

A sizzling power play between two actors falling in love, The Audition, which appeared at Venice Film Festival 2013, is a film that explores what happens when business unexpectedly mixes with pleasure.

This scene begins as a playful challenge between two actors, at first trading just words. But it soon transforms into a war of emotion, as they try to conquer each other in proposition. The weakest will fall in love. What happens is unplanned – the consequences of their game – as their real emotions become involved and they both actually fall in love. Both are losers, or winners, but neither is giving up. It is as if they had gone through an entire relationship in the time it took to read the audition – and now they must separate, as scripted, and end it. Like a break up, it is hard. The audience continues to ask themselves: Is this real? Or just really good acting? At this moment, it seems possible that even the actors themselves do not know, because the emotion between them is that real.

The Audition is a cinematically captivating short film by award-winning director, writer and artist, Michael Haussman who has directed music videos for Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Usher, Shakira, Chris Cornell, Eric Clapton, and won several MTV and VH1 awards. Haussman’s commercial campaigns include work for Levi’s, Diesel, Absolut, Bulgari, BMW, Yves Saint Laurent, Guinness, Ray-Ban, Coca-Cola, and more.

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