The Door

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The Door

After stealing an old door, a man reflects on the desperate circumstances that led him to do so. The film is based on the "Monologue About a Whole Life Written Down on Doors, the testimony of Nikolai Fomich Kalugin" by Svetlana Alexievich (from her book Voices from Chernobyl). The Irish Film Board provided money for the making of the film. The film won in the Short Film category at the 6th Irish Film and Television Awards in 2009 and was nominated in the category of Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 82nd Academy Awards. The film also won awards at film festivals held in Bilbao, Cork and Foyle and won "best director" at the Polish Grand OFF 2009 as well as winning the Sarajevo Film Festival's Katrin Cartlidge Bursary 2009.

Critic Reviews

‘Its hardly a hidden gem, given that it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Short but its a film that i've returned to again and again for its atmosphere; its sparse, haunting script; and its wonderful editing. Its based on the same source text as HBO's Chernobyl miniseries, so it's an interesting companion piece if you were a fan of the series. It's also just a brilliant piece of filmmaking' - Aoife Kelleher


Academy Awards, USA 2010 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films 2008 Winner of the Golden Mikeldi for Best Short Cork International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Best First Short by an Irish Director Foyle Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Short Irish Film and Television Awards 2009 Winner of the IFTA Award Best Short Film