For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Jan. 31st. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – 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. 9th.
The Live Action Short nominees are BROTHERHOOD, NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB, THE NEIGHBOR'S WINDOW, SARIA, and A SISTER.
Directed by Meryam Joobeur.
Tunisia. 25minutes. With Subtitles.
Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife.
NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB
Directed by Yves Piat.
Tunisia. 17minutes. With Subtitles.
In a Tunisian village, children are playing football on a wasteland. Meanwhile, Abdallah and Mohammed come across a donkey with headphones on his ears and bags full of a white powder on his back. The two young brothers decide to bring those bags back to their village.
THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW
Directed by Marshall Curry.
USA. 20minutes. English.
It tells the story of a middle aged woman with small children whose life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street.
Directed by Bryan Buckley.
USA. 23minutes. With Subtitles.
SARIA explores the unimaginable hardships l that faced young female orphans at the Virgen de La Asuncion Safe Home in Guatemala, leading up to the tragic fire which claimed 41 of their lives in 2017. We follow the story of two inseparable orphaned sisters - Saria 12, and her sister Ximena 14, as they fight against l mounting daily physical abuse at the very institution designed to protect them. In the sisters' desperation for survival, they devise a daring plan of escape for all the orphans to find freedom in America.
Directed by Delphine Girard.
France. 16minutes. With Subtitles.
A night. A car. Alie is in danger. To get by she must make the most important phone call of her life.
The UM Alumni Association will be hosting a reception on Friday, February 7 from 6-7pm and a screening with introduction and voting for audience favorite.
Various Countries. 101minutes. 4k Digital Projection.
2019. With Subtitles.