From the official site:
"There are a few moments in childhood that have a lasting impact. Not because they change the course of your life, or because they arrive with any great fanfare, in fact quite the opposite. Those are moments where an unexpected joy is found in the everyday, a moment of beauty in the ordinary. TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT captures one of those brief moments."
While waiting for their parents, two boys and a girl meet in the carpark of a rural pub. What at first seems to be a relationship based on rivalry soon develops into a close friendship. We learn that love can be found in the most unlikely of places.
The cast were found at the same school, Te Kura Kaupapa Maaori o Maraenui, about 20km from Te Kaha pub where the film was shot. Although the children had never acted before, it became apparent in the auditions that they were naturals.
Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards
Best Performance/Best Technical Contribution/Best Script: NZ Film Awards 2003
Best Short Film â€“ Panorama Section: Berlin Film Festival 2004
Best Drama Aspen Film Festival 2004
Prize of the Cinema Jury Oberhausen 2004
Best Editing â€“ Drifting Clouds Film Festival 2004
Jury Prize â€“ Newport Film Festival 2004
Best Short Film - Hamburg Short Film Festival 2004
Best Short Film â€“ Seattle Film Festival 2004
Best Live Action Short Film â€“ Melbourne International Film Festival 2004
Audience Award â€“ National Geographic's All Roads Festival 2004
Grand Jury Prize for Best International Short Film - AFI Los Angeles Film Festival 2004
The first time I saw it I was gripped from the beginning until the end and I truly believe this short film is an absolute gem! Such a beautiful short film about childhood and friendships. It may only last for 11 minutes but the characters and the story are put across in such a clever way and we are left to imagine what their back-stories could be and what could potentially happen next in their lives if they were to ever see each other again. I think that the ending is particularly sweet when the car pulls away and Romeo and Polly look at each other in a way that you know they wouldn't forget each other. My favourite line has got to be when Romeo explains why he wouldnâ€™t sell a diamond ring: â€œâ€™Cause then I wouldnâ€™t have a diamond ringâ€.
The editing, the camera movement, lighting and the black and white nature of the film are all wonderful touches. I think the casting is superb too; the children did an excellent job.
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