Instead of Abracadabra, (Istället för abrakadabra) a 20 minute film by Swedish film director Patrik Eklund, has been nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2010 Academy Awards. Tomas (Simon J Berger) is a little bit too old to still be living with his parents, but his dream of becoming a magician leaves him with no other option. Bengt, his father, just wants him to grow up and get a proper job. At Dad’s birthday party Tomas gives a bizarre magic show for his parents, the birthday guests and first and foremost the beautiful new neighbor. Tomas’ alternative to “Abracadabra” is “Chimay!”
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The film premiered at the Gothenburg Film Festival in 2008, where it won the Startsladden short film prize and audience choice.
The Oscars will be announced on Sunday March 7.