The Irish documentary short “How To Fall In Love In A Pandemic” was shortlisted for an Oscar.
The film, from Co. Meath director Michael-David McKernan, premiered at the 32nd Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year, where it won the award for best documentary short. The victory at the festival, which took place virtually this year, saw the film qualify for next year’s Oscars, Her.ie reports.
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The documentary chronicles the evolution of the relationship between the director and Mimi, another filmmaker, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The couple meet in Chicago and spend a weekend together before Michael-David returns home to Ireland.
How To Fall In Love In A Pandemic Michael-David McKernan trailer on Vimeo.
Two weeks later, Mimi arrives in Dublin for a five-day visit. While she is there the world begins to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic and her return flight is canceled.
Mimi and Michael-David are forced to live together indefinitely. The filmmakers created the film using their iPhones to document the acceleration of their relationship under these unusual circumstances.
After winning the award at the Galway Film Fleadh, McKernan said: “It is truly a huge honor to win the award for best documentary short at the Galway Film Fleadh.”
“To me, the Fleadh is the mecca of Irish cinema and I was so proud to screen alongside some amazing films this year. I can’t wait to see how far this film can travel.”
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A shortlist of films for the 2021 Oscars will be selected in February. The Oscar nominations will be announced in March.