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Two Distant Strangers: Oscar-Nominated Short Film to Release on Netflix on April 9

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Photo Credit: Screenshot from the trailer of 'Two Distant Strangers'

Two Distant Strangers, an Oscar-nominated short film will premiere on Netflix on April 9, the streaming service announced on social media on Thursday while releasing the film’s trailer. 

The film has been nominated under the Best Live Action Short Film Category at the Oscars this year.  Directed by Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe, the film stars Joey Badass, Andrew Howard and Zaria in pivotal roles.

According to Netflix, the plot reads, “In Two Distant Strangers, cartoonist Carter James’ repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again.”  

Two Distant Strangers was written by director Free, a two-time Emmy Award winner for outstanding writing for a variety series The Daily Show in 2015 and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee in 2017. 

Director Roe was the executive producer for the serialised sports documentary, which won the Sports Emmy in 2019. He also collaborated with Free for the first time in Tom vs Time web series. 

According to Deadline, the director duo said that the film was shot in five days amid the Covid-19 pandemic. “Two Distant Strangers tackles a tough subject for everyone, but in an effort to forge a new direction in the conversation,” they said.

The film is produced by three-time Oscar nominee Lawrence Bender, who was part of the production team of Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, Inglourious Basterds and several others.

The film is competing the Oscars alongside Feeling Through, The Letter Room, The Present and White Eye.

The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be held on April 25 and will be streamed live from multiple locations

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