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Two Cars, One Night

Taika Waititi / New Zealand / 2004 / 11 ' / English


Owen Ferrier-Kerr
Taika Waititi
Adam Clark
Ashley Gardiner & Catherine Fitzgerald

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Awards & Festivals

*Winner, Best Short Film, Panorama Section: Berlin Film Festival 2004
Winner, Best Drama, Aspen Film Festival 2004
Winner, Prize of the Cinema Jury, Oberhausen 2004
Winner, Claiborne Pell Award Jury Prize, Newport Film Festival 2004
Winner, Best short film, Hamburg Short Film Festival 2004
Winner, Best short film, Seattle Film Festival 2004
Winner, Best live action short film, Melbourne International Film Festival 2004
Winner, Best International Short Film, Seagate Foyle Film Festival 2004
Winner, Audience Award, National Geographic’s All Roads Festival 2004
Winner, AFI Grand Jury Prize, American Film Institute 2004
Winner, Best Film, Otago Film Festival 2003
Winner, Best Dramatic Short, Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2005

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As two boys and a girl meet in the carpark of a rural pub while waiting for their parents, we learn that love can be found in the most unlikely of places.


Romeo and his brother, Ed, sit in the car waiting for their parents to come out of the pub. This is their world, a place inhabited by adults and alcohol. The night passes slowly.

It is in this environment that we also meet Polly, an eleven-year-old girl who arrives with her parents. She too is made to wait in the car while they go into the pub, maybe even to drink with Romeo and Ed’s mum and dad. She has been to this pub before, but never encountered the two brothers.

Romeo, restless and bored, decides to make contact with the girl. Like any nine-year-old male, he uses his wit and charm to impress and get to know her. He chips away at her defences until she becomes more interested in him. Eventually Romeo makes his way from the comfort of his own car to the carpark, to Polly’s window, then into her car. They share a moment where she lets him inspect her “diamond” (plastic) ring.

 Polly’s parents return from the pub, ending the children’s time together. Romeo leaves the car and says his goodbyes, but not before Polly gives him the gift of the ring. The car pulls off into the night, leaving the question; will these two ever meet again?



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