Oscar Nominated Shorts Come to South Florida Theaters

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With the Oscars little over a fortnight away, it’s about time you played catch up with all the nominated movies. As I noted last week in my 20 Movies to Watch Before the Oscars piece, most of the movies are either still in theaters or already available for home viewing. If you’re bent on watching them all on the big screen, AMC is hosting its annual Best Picture nominee marathon. So get moving!

One set of movies that aren’t widely available are the nominees in the shorts categories (Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short). You know, the categories the ignoramuses dub as the “bathroom break” awards?

Well, if you’re an Oscar completest (like me) or a cinephile in general, consider this your lucky day. Beginning this weekend, Magnolia Theaters and ShortHD will be bringing all 15 nominated shorts to art house theaters screens across the country. If you live in South Florida, they’ll be playing at three of the area’s best art houses: Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, the Miami Beach Cinematheque and O-Cinema in Wynwood.

The 15 films, which have running times that range from six minutes to 40 minutes, will be split up into three programs – each representing a different category (live-action, animated, documentary). I’ve broken them down below by category, including the films’ synopses:

 LIVE-ACTION SHORTS

Credit: Cosford Cinema

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Director: Esteban Crespo
Synopsis: Paula, a Spanish aid worker, has an encounter with an African child soldier named Kaney.
Running time: 24 minutes

Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)
Directors: Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
Synopsis: Miriam has left her abusive husband and taken refuge with her children in the local supermarket where she works.
Running time: 30 minutes

Helium 
Directors: Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
Synopsis: A dying boy finds comfort in the tales of a magical land called HELIUM, told to him by the hospital janitor.
Running time: 23 minutes

Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
Directors: Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
Synopsis: Sini tries frantically to get her family ready to leave for a wedding, but her husband and two children are interfering with her efforts.
Running time: 7 minutes

The Voorman Problem
Directors: Mark Gill and Baldwin Li
Synopsis: A psychiatrist is called to a prison to examine an inmate named Voorman, who is convinced he is a god.
Running time: 13 minutes

ANIMATED SHORTS

Credit: Cosford Cinema

Feral

Directors: Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
Synopsis: A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization.
Running time: 13 minutes

Get a Horse!
Directors: Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
Synopsis: Mickey Mouse and his friends are enjoying a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day.
Running time: 6 minutes

Mr. Hublot
Directors: Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
Synopsis: The eccentric, isolated Mr. Hublot finds his carefully ordered world disrupted by the arrival of Robot Pet.
Running time: 11 minutes

Possessions
Director: Shuhei Morita
Synopsis: A man seeking shelter from a storm in a dilapidated shrine encounters a series of household objects inhabited by goblin spirits.
Running time: 14 minutes

Room on the Broom
Directors: Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
Synopsis: A genial witch and her cat are joined on their broom by several friends as they set off on an adventure.
Running time: 25 minutes

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Credit: Cosford Cinema

Cavedigger
Director: Jeffrey Karoff
Synopsis: New Mexico environmental sculptor Ra Paulette carves elaborately designed and painstakingly executed sandstone caves, driven by an artistic vision that often brings him into conflict with his patrons.
Running time: 39 minutes

Facing Fear
Director: Jason Cohen
Synopsis: As a gay 13-year-old, Matthew Boger endured a savage beating at the hands of a group of neo-Nazis. Twenty-five years later, he meets one of them again by chance.
Running time: 23 minutes

Karama Has No Walls
Director: Sara Ishaq
Synopsis: When protesters in Yemen added their voices to those of other nations during the Arab Spring, the government responded with an attack that left 53 people dead and inspired widespread sympathy throughout the country.
Running time: 26 minutes

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Directors:  Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
Synopsis: At 109, Alice Herz Sommer is the world’s oldest pianist…and its oldest Holocaust survivor. At the heart of her remarkable story of courage and endurance is her passion for music.
Running time: 39 minutes

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Director: Edgar Barens
Synopsis: In a maximum security prison, the terminally ill Jack Hall faces his final days with the assistance of hospice care provided by workers drawn from the prison population.
Running time: 40 minutes

Click on the links below for tickets and showtimes:

Cosford Cinema

The Miami Beach Cinematheque

O-Cinema

For more information on each of the shorts, including clips from each film, visit the official Oscar shorts website.

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