2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action
For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films:
LIVE ACTION SHORTS
Madre – A single mother receives a call from her seven-year-old son who is on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a horrible nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone and cannot find his father who left a while ago. (Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Maria del Puy Alvarado, Spain, 19 minutes)
Fauve – Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer. Alone in the wild the two boys play around. Complicity evolves into a confrontation where one wants to have power over the other. Taking proportions larger than nature, this game will not prove as harmless as they thought. (Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon, Canada, 17 minutes)
Marguerite – An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past. (Marianne Farley and Marie-Helene Panisset, Canada, 19 minutes)
Detainment – Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993 and continues to incite public outrage across the UK today. (Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon, Ireland, 30 minutes)
Skin – A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash. (Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman, USA, 20 minutes)
VIEWER’S GUIDE: Explicit language, violence, and adult content. If you are sensitive to controversial subject matter, you may want to reconsider this program.
With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary (A and B) – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 24th.
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Thursday, February 28