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

‘There's something quite haunting about the relationship between the two women: in some surprising ways, this is a determinedly unsentimental work.’ The Age


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