Instead of Abracadabra
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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Filming was shot by director/editor Patrik Eklund and producer Mathias Fjällström at Direktorn Fabrikorn, with cinematographer David Grehn.
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.