Two Cars, One Night (2003)

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Two Cars, One Night (2003)

How do people connect? At night a car is parked by the Te Kaha Hotel and Pub in rural New Zealand. Two brothers, about 10 years of age, sit inside waiting for their parents. Ed is reading a book. Romeo notices a girl about their age sitting in a car not far away, also waiting for her parents. Romeo shouts a few insults at her. She ignores him for awhile then answers back. Later, Romeo sneaks up and tries to scare her. They talk; he brags, she calls him out. She's Polly, maybe 11. He notices a ring she has - studded with diamonds. He yells questions at Ed. He asks if he can see the ring. Should she let him hold it?
New Zealand
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Creators
Director Taika Waititi
Writer Taika Waititi
Information
Release Date2004-02-06
Runtime12mins
GenreShort, Drama, Romance
Content Rating
AwardsNominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 1 nomination.
CompanyBlueskin Films Ltd., Defender Films, New Zealand Film Commission
CountryNew Zealand
LanguageEnglish, Maori
Rangi Ngamoki
Rangi Ngamoki
Romeo
Hutini Waikato
Hutini Waikato
Polly
Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards
Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards
Ed
Riwai Waka
Riwai Waka
Koro (as Waka Riwai)
Dion Waikato
Dion Waikato
Tangata
Taipua Adams
Taipua Adams
Regan Hei
Regan Hei
Sidney Hei
Sidney Hei
Bronwyn Insley
Bronwyn Insley
Carol Insley
Carol Insley
Maria Matchitt
Maria Matchitt
Lorraine Ngamoki
Lorraine Ngamoki
Michael Toki-Pangari
Michael Toki-Pangari
Erina Paora
Erina Paora

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.


Reception

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."


Awards

  • 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

Nomination

  • 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.”