Toyland | Oscar – Best Live Action Short Film | A Short Film by Jochen Alexander Freydank
Heinrich. TOYLAND They are still praticing. Don’t you think they are getting better every day? Yes, wonderful. If David could only go on playing like this forever. They say, tomorrow. Quiet, for Christ’s sake! Stop that noise, you damn Jews! You both played really wonderfully today. Catch me if you can! That’s my music. Abracadabra. Have you seen my son? Why are you in such a hurry? Please, I can’t find him. The Silbersteins left today. Nothing else has been going on. It’s better for Heinrich, anyway. And what about the teddy bear? Why was Mrs Silberstein so sad? Because the Silbersteins may have to go on a journey soon. On a journey? Where to? To Toyland. To Toyland? I want to go there, too. It’s not possible. But I want to go there. That’s enough. Eat up. Dad would have let me go. I’m looking for a six year old boy. Do you think I can tell one of them from another? But he is my son. Jewish? Don’t worry, Madam, we only took Jews to the station. Have a nice day! Heinrich. Can you… …keep a secret? Down in the street I ran into a rhino. A real rhino? Then I’ll tell you my secret, too. I’m coming with you to Toyland. even if mother won’t let me. Why won’t you let me go to Toyland? Because it’s too far away. I don’t care. And… …the teddy bears are huge there. Bigger than Little Paul? Much, much bigger! Now go to sleep. We are not afraid of this, are we, Little Paul? Mum, can you please leave the light on? Stop, Jewish bitch! I’m looking for my child. Well, sweetheart, where is your little star? Where is your yellow star? Not Jewish? My child… My son, he must be here somewhere. Why didn’t you tell me you were going on a journey? I forgot. I’m coming with you to Toyland anyway. You can’t. But we’re blood brothers. We swore to do everything together. I even take the music with me, so we can practice whenever we like. Name of the neighbours? Silberstein. Usually everthing works smoothly here. Your son insisted on going with them? The boys are friends. Carriage number 3, Obersturmführer. David, wait for me! Heinrich? Heinrich, my boy, this is no time for “hide and seek”. Heinrich. Come to me. But I want to be with my friend. I want to go to Toyland. There is no Toyland. Heinrich, come here. Just a moment. Let us do this. Such a good looking boy, just like his mum. Next time don’t scare your mum like that. We still need you. And now off you go. I apologize for any inconvenience. Good-bye, Madam. Scharführer, I’m expecting an explanation. Do we go on playing?