Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck’s Ten Meter Tower received international attention, and quickly went viral after it had been uploaded onto the website of The New York Times. Not it is among the ten films that are shortlisted for the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category.
Ten Meter Tower received funding from the Swedish Film Institute, and was screened at film festivals such as the Berlinale, Sundance and Gothenburg Film Festival. It has already picked up several awards, but the Oscar would be definitely the icing on the cake. The film studies human reactions, the dilemma of facing or fleeing from one’s fears.
The film-makers are not newcomers in the field of film. Axel Danielson has previously directed shorts such as Summer Clouds (2004) and Torrsommar (2003), and TwinBrothers (2011) was his first feature film. Maximilien Van Aertryck is known for shorts like Second Deputy Speaker (2015), Extra Material (2015) and Icebreakers (2012).
Ten Meter Tower is produced by the directors along with Erik Hemmendorff, also producer of Ruben Östlund’s The Square, at Plattform Produktion.
A history of Swedish shorts at the Oscars:
Sweden has been nominated for Best Short Film four times so far. In 1948, the country won the award with Arne Sücksdorff’s Rhythm of a City, when the category was called Best Short Subject, One-reel. Sweden has been granted three additional nominations in the Best Short Film, Live Action category, with Victor by Simon Sandquist (1998), Major and Minor Miracles by Marcus Olsson (1999), and most recently with Instead of Abracadabra by Patrik Eklund (2009). The last time a Swedish short film was shortlisted for an Oscar was in 2012 with Kiruna-Kigali by Goran Kapetanović.
Featured photo: Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck
Source: Swedish Film Institute