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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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