Irine Jordania's '12 K. Marx Street' nominated for 2020 European Short Film Award

Actor Tina Lagidze is cast as the protagonist of Jordania's short. Photo via Georgian National Film Centre., 25 Nov 2019 - 20:30, Tbilisi,Georgia

Director Irine Jordania's 12 Karl Marx Street has been selected as a candidate for the 2020 Short Film Award of the European Film Academy by juries of the ongoing short film sub-festival of the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn, Estonia.

The work, screened among just 40 films selected from more than 3300 submissions at the PÖFF Shorts festival, was picked as a nominee for the Europe-wide prize in the first year the Estonian event has been granted the opportunity to select its candidate.

Nominees for the European Short Film prize are submitted by festivals like the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France, Hamburg International Short Film Festival in Germany and Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.

12 K. Marx Street screened in the International Live Action Competition in Tallinn, bringing to the big screen its protagonist who connects to a stranger - and to her childhood - after her phone call to a number she has been trying to reach is suddenly answered one day.

It is revealed that the stranger who answers the phone lives in the woman’s childhood home - the home the woman’s family were forced to leave to escape war. The two start to form a bond” - Sarajevo Film Festival

Also shown at the Sarajevo Film Festival, the film involved photography by Gigi Samsonadze and Tato Kotetishvili, with the short produced at the Tbilisi-based Millimeter Film.

The winner of the European Short Film will be unveiled in Reykjavik, Iceland, where over 3600 film professionals of the European Film Academy will cast their votes.

The EFA sees the prize as a way to "support and promote young and talented newcomers and to celebrate this variety in European film culture".