Sofia Sondervan, the Dutch producer of The Letter Room, grabbed Sunday next to the Oscar for best short film. The award went to the Netflix movie Two Distant Strangers.
Sondervan thinks it’s “a shame that we didn’t win”. But the experience of sitting in the audience for her short film was special. “We were in the company of all very powerful and especially important films.”
The Letter Room is about a prison guard (Oscar Isaac) who delivers letters to inmates. The film was made by screenwriter and director Elvira Lind, who is married to Isaac. Lind and Sondervan have been friends for years.
Sondervan previously told NU.nl that she visited various prisons in the United States with Lind, looking for a location to film.
ADX Florence, a so-called supermax prison complex in Colorado, topped the list. “That’s one of the worst prisons, it’s hell if you end up there. But after a few phone calls it was clear that wasn’t going to happen, so we took a closer look at home.” Eventually, the duo found a prison on Long Island where they were allowed to film.
No price for it either Quo vadis, Aida?
Quo vadis, Aida ?, another film with a Dutch touch was also excluded from the awards. The film about the Fall of Srebrenica was made by the Dutch production company N279 and it features several Dutch actors. Furthermore, the Dutch company Filmmore provided the visual effects.
“It’s okay”, N279 producer Els Vandevorst responds to the missing prize. “We are now going to focus on the release of the film. This whole road to tonight has been so special and made a huge difference to the film. That statuette would have been a nice extra, but the nomination made the real difference for us. . “
Vandevorst watched the Oscars together with some of the Dutch cast and crew. It was the third statue to be awarded. “Fortunately, Het Ketelhuis (a film house in Amsterdam, ed.), Where we sat, provided a delicious breakfast. Otherwise most people would have walked away.