The Danish short film Silent Nights is one of the ten shorts on this year’s shortlist for an Oscar nomination.

The short is directed by Aske Bang, a graduate of the National Film School of Denmark.

The short tells the story of Inger, who volunteers at a shelter where she falls in love with Kwame, an illegal immigrant. Life is hard for both of them, but they find comfort in one another. What Kwame isn’t telling her is that he has a wife and kids in Ghana. When his daughter falls ill, he steals some money from the shelter to pay the hospital bill. Inger believes his lies about the theft and watches over him. They are happy for a while until the day Kwame’s mobile phone reveals all about his secret life in Ghana.

Bang made several short films, including at Copenhagen’s Film Workshop, before enrolling at the National Film School of Denmark in 2011. He’s also an actor and recently had a major role in Rasmus Heisterberg’s feature In The Blood, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Silent Nights is shortlisted in the section of live-action short films to advance in the race for the 89th Academy Awards.

Photo: Rolf Konow