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Election Night (1998)

Valgaften (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 1998 (Denmark)
On his way to the polls, an idealist, yet absent-minded voter has to endure continuous waves of racist cab drivers and their offensive remarks.

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On election night we meet Peter, an idealistic young man, who suddenly discovers he has forgotten to vote. On his way to the polls he encounters a variety of taxi drivers, all racist in their way and Peter has to decide whether to stand up for his convictions or getting to the polls on time. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Gem et lille smil
Written by Ken Lane, Sam Coslow and Irving Taylor (as "Everybody Loves Somebody")
Danish adaptation by Gustav Winckler
Performed by Gustav Winckler
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once a warning, it's now reality
3 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Anders Thomas Jensen's Oscar-winning "Valgaften" ("Election Night" in English) is about prejudices and how people will often vote based on these. Well, sure enough it came true. The current president of the US ran an entire campaign pandering to everyone's prejudices, and now those sorts of people are making inroads in Europe's governments. Could this in fact be the end of civilization as we know it?

I haven't seen any of the other movies that got nominated for Best Live Action Short Film that year. They'd be hard-pressed to make as good a point as this one made. It might not be the greatest short of all time, but I recommend it as a warning of what can happen when people's base instincts manifest themselves. Worth seeing.


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