Film Review: Day Release (short)
Director: Martin Winter
Cast: Anna Suk, Christopher Legedze, Birgit Linauer, Patrick Schmidl, Daniela Zacherl
Running Time: 35
Day Release was the winner of the Best Short Film award at the 2020 Austrian Film Awards.
The film stars Anna Suk, who received a nomination for Best Young Actress for her leading role in Day Release at the 20th First Steps Awards – The German Newcomer Award in Berlin – and was awarded as best actress at the World Independent Short Film Awards 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.
Single mother Kathi receives day release from prison and finds her three-year-old son, who is living with her unstable mother, in bad circumstances. She is forced to find a way to enable a better future for him and she only has a day to do it.
Searching and searching for the right solution, Kathi incredibly makes a decision which, in her mind, is the right fit for her child. The last few minutes see her crying before heading back to prison.
Although it is quite long (for a short), this is a very touching story and well produced. No surprise at its recognition at various film festivals.
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