Two Cars, One Night (2003)
|Genre||Short, Drama, Romance|
|Awards||Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 1 nomination.|
|Company||Blueskin Films Ltd., Defender Films, New Zealand Film Commission|
Two Cars, One Night
Two Cars, One Night is a 2004 New Zealand short film written and directed by Taika Waititi.
The film is about two young boys and a girl meeting in the carpark of a rural pub in Te Kaha, New Zealand. What at first seems to be a relationship based on rivalry soon develops into a potential friendship.
In 2017, Jacob Oller of Film School Rejects praised the film's humour, writing that the film "allowed Waititi the perfect (ahem) vehicles for his brand of undercutting comedy, a couple of brash kids, in a quiet, poignant setting."
- 2004 Short Award at the AFI Film Festival
- 2004 Panorama Short Film Award, Berlin International Film Festival
- 2004 Hamburg Short Film Award, Hamburg International Short Film Festival
- 2004 Award of the Theatre Owners, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
- 2004 Short Film Competition Award, Seattle International Film Festival
- 2004 Best Short Film Performance, NZ Film and TV Awards
- 2004 Best Short Film Screenplay, NZ Film and TV Awards
- 2004 Best Technical Contribution to Short Film, NZ Film and TV Awards
- 2004 Jury Award, Best Drama, Aspen Shortsfest
- 2005 Nominated for Best Live Action Short Film, Academy Awards
In 2019, after receiving an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with Jojo Rabbit, Waititi said jokingly “Losing to Andrea Arnold, it took me probably 13 years just to get over that. Because what she did to me back then, it was disrespectful. Although Wasp was an incredible short film, she didn’t need to do that. And look at me now, Andrea,” the director deadpanned. “I played the long game, man. I played the long game.”