2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films
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For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 8th. 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 on Sunday, February 24.
Co-presented with the Louisville Film Society. LFS offers an Oscar Watch Party on Sunday, February 24. Please see louisvillefilmsociety.org for more details.
Oscar Nominated Short Films—Animated
Rated PG, 76 minutes
Directed by Alison Snowden and David Fine
Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In Animal Behaviour, five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist. 2018, Canada, 14 minutes
Directed by Domee Shi
An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. 2018, U.S., 8 minutes
Directed by Louise Bagnall
Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her vivid, but fragmented memories. 2017, Ireland, 10 minutes.
One Small Step
Directed by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams. 2018, U.S./China, 8 minutes.
Directed by Trevor Jimenez
Weekends is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken-up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto. 2017, U.S., 15 minutes.
Plus Two Bonus Shorts:
Directed by Wenli Zhang and Nan Li
After years sailing the sea, Derek the pirate and his sidekick monkey finally find a treasure box- a magic box that can make your wildest wishes come true. 2017, U.S., 6 minutes
Directed by Zhanna Bekmambetova
In her first animated project, director Zhanna Bekmambetova shows the relationship between a young girl and her fearless companion, a sparrow. Winner for the Best Short Animation at the Animago Festival. 2018, Russia, 11 minutes.
Oscar Nominated Shorts—Documentary
Rated R, 134 minutes
A Night at the Garden
Directed by Marshall Curry
In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism–an event largely forgotten from history. ‘A Night at the Garden’ transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in America. 2018, U.S., 7 minutes.
Directed by Ed Perkins
After the high-profile killing of Damilola Taylor, Cornelius’ family move out of London. But when they discover their new town is run by racists, Cornelius takes a drastic step to survive. 2018, U.K., 27 minutes.
Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Where will loved ones spend their last days? Who will be in the room? What feelings and secrets need to be shared with family before it is too late? End Game probes these questions and more as it follows visionary medical practitioners who are working on the cutting-edge of life and death. 2018, U.S., 40 minutes.
Directed by Skye Fitzgerald
Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night. 2018, U.S., 34 minutes.
Period. End of Sentence.
Directed by Rayka Zehtabchi
In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. 2018, U.S., in Hindi with English subtitles, 26 minutes.
Oscar-Nominated Shorts—Live Action
Rated R, 105 minutes
Directed by Vincent Lambe
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. 2018, Ireland, 30 minutes
Directed by Jeremy Comte
Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer. 2018, Canada, in French with English subtitles, 17 minutes.
Directed by Marianne Farley
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. 2017, Canada, in French with English subtitles, 19 minutes.
Directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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. 2017, Spain, in Spanish with English subtitles, 19 minutes.
Directed by Guy Nattiv
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. 2018, U.S., 20 minutes.