First Danish Oscar
The Oscar for Best Short Film went to Denmark’s Helium
March 3, 2014
The Oscar for Best Short Film went to Denmark’s Helium.
The film is written and directed by the danish film maker Anders Walter and produced by Kim Magnusson & Tivi Magnusson.
The film tells the story of a young boy Alfred that is dying, but through the stories about HELIUM – a magical fantasy world, told by the hospital’s eccentric janitor Enzo, Alfred regain the joy and happiness of his life, and finds a safe haven away from daily life.
Put your hands together for Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson. They’ve just won the Oscar for best short for their film Helium. “Wow, this is crazy,” says Walter, while Magnusson gives a nice shout to his mum, who’s sick at home. Both thank the Academy for supporting shorts. Pharrell Williams appears to have kickstarted some kind of trend out here tonight. (-- TheGuardian)
Kim Magnusson likes the attention Oscar brings to his company's short films
“If you expect a nomination, it’s bad karma,” said Kim Magnusson, the Oscar-nominated producer of “Helium,” one of this year’s live-action shorts contenders. But Magnusson could be forgiven for testing his karma every so often — because the nomination is his fifth, and the eighth in 18 years for his company, M&M Productions. (Magnusson has one Oscar, and two other M&M films have won.)
In fact, in the last two decades only four people have been nominated in the category more than once, and three of them (Magnusson, his father Tivi Magnusson and his director Anders Thomas Jensen) are affiliated with M&M.
“We’re a feature-based company,” he admitted to TheWrap, “but the Oscar run brings attention to our short films, which we use to try out new talent.”
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“Helium” came after M&M hired illustrator Anders Walter for a movie poster, then had him direct a short film, “9 Meter,” that landed on the Oscar shortlist last year. Walter pitched the idea of a second short about a dying boy and the hospital janitor who gives him hope by telling stories of a magical land called Helium — and while a Danish government shorts program paid to develop the screenplay, they didn’t end up financing the short.
“But that didn’t stop us, because we saw a whole movie in Helium — beginning, middle and end,” said Magnusson. “There are times when we might need the government money or we wouldn’t make the film, but in this case we knew we that we should raise the money ourselves.”
The result is beautiful and wrenching, a marvelously acted and gorgeously designed tribute to the power of storytelling. It’ll send viewers reaching for a tissue, and it’ll get Magnusson another trip down the red carpet.
But what it won’t do, the producer admitted, is make a profit. “There’s not a market for short films, because even if you win, you don’t get your money back,” he said. “But we like to do them anyway.” (thewrap.com)