The Oscar-nominated film “Night Ride on Trans Hate” could make history

Sigrid Kandal Husjord as Ebba (left) and with Ola Hoemsnes Sandum as Ariel (right) in the Oscar-nominated short film Night Ride.

Oscar nominated film night drive could make history as the first LGBTQ+ title of this century to win the short film category at the 2023 Oscars.

The Norwegian short film, directed by Eirik Tveiten, tells a powerful story of transphobic harassment at a time when true allies have never been more important.

Within 16 minutes we meet Ebba (Sigrid Husjord), a disgruntled tram driver stranded on a snowy night who decides to take matters into her own hands. After stealing a tram, she decides to pick up a number of passengers along the way, including Ariel (Ola Hoemsnes Sandum), a trans woman just trying to get home after a long night out.

However, things soon take a nasty turn when a group of men start harassing her, leaving Ebba with a moral dilemma.

The delicate fusion of comedy and political audacity, along with its timely message, has now earned the film an Oscar nomination for Best Live-Action Short.

Tvieten worked with producer Heidi Arnesen, who has directed several LGBTQ+ films including Norway’s first LGBTQ+ short film, dual of the senses on gender and identity in 1991.

The previous and only LGBTQ+ live-action short to win an Oscar was the 1994 short trevorproduced by Randy Stone and written by Celeste Lecesne.

The short follows 13-year-old Trevor, a Diana Ross fan whose life is changed after her crush on schoolmate Pinky Faraday is discovered. Lescene and Stone founded leading LGBTQ+ youth crisis charity The Trevor Project.

night drive also follows in the footsteps of the 1992 Oscar-nominated short film The lady waiting by Christian Taylor, which follows the unlikely connection between an elderly woman and black drag queen Rodney Hudson, who meet during a power outage in 1970s New York.

Since the ’90s, however, there’s been a consistent shortage of Academy-approved LGBTQ+ shorts — which means night drive has a chance to make history when it comes to transgender representation.

The Night Ride director wants to encourage audiences to be “open-minded.”

Tveiten hopes to encourage audiences to “be open and open-minded and take responsibility for their actions” after watching the film.

Ebba faces a moral dilemma.
Ebba faces a moral dilemma. (Cylinder)

“We could have easily shown it more from the perspective of the trans person. But this story is about the bravery of the viewers,” he told PinkNews.

The ending is upbeat, showing Ebba and Ariel coming together in a moment of unity; particularly poignant given how Norway has supported the LGBTQ+ community in the face of a deadly mass shooting during Oslo Pride last year.

“There are still elements in our society that threaten liberalization. But in hindsight, the LGBTQ+ community has had a lot of support, so we’re doing relatively well,” adds Tvieten.

night drive will fight it An Irish farewell, Value, Le pupil And The red suitcase at the Academy Awards on March 12.

It already had great success during its festival run, winning the Audience Award at the Norwegian Film Festival and Best Narrative Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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