The only opportunity in the Cincinnati metro area to see all Oscar-nominated short films on the big screen at one time in one place.
The 2016 Oscar Nominated
Live-Action & Animated Short Films
Screening March 12 – 16
Fourteen entertaining and thought-provoking films featuring the best in comedy, romance and drama from Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, Kosovo, Palestine, Russia, the UK and the USA.
New for 2016:
Screening at The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd, Covington KY 41011,
with two distinct programs showing as follows:
Sat, Mar 12 — 4:00 PM, Sun, Mar 13 — 7:00 PM
Mon, Tue & Wed, Mar 14, 15, 16 — 6:00pm
Total Run Time approx. 90 minutes.
Sanjay's Super Team Oscar Nominee
Director Sanjay Patel, USA, 13 min.
The only PIXAR short based on a true story, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father's religious practices.
Young Sanjay is absorbed in the world of comics, cartoons and television, while his father tries to draw him into the family's Hindu tradition. Reluctance quickly turns into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that both father and son can embrace.
World of Tomorrow Oscar Nominee
Director Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 11 min.
In this dreamy meditation on the significance of memory, a little girl named Emily Prime is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future by an adult, third-generation clone of herself, visiting a place where copies of humanity seek answers that only their original selves can provide.
This is the only nominated animation with dialog – and for good reason. Pay close attention to the words in this film.
Bear Story Oscar Nominee
Director Gabriel Osorio, Chile, 11 min.
In this heart-rending story, every day a melancholy bear takes a mechanical diorama out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.
But audiences in director Osorio's native Chile know it's an allegory for the way families were torn apart during the murderous Pinochet regime in Chile in the 1970s. "The idea was mainly inspired by the story of my grandfather," said Osorio, "he was exiled from Chile in the '70s to England – I knew I had a grandfather, but didn't meet him when I was a kid."
We Can't Live Without Cosmos Oscar Nominee
Director Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16 min.
A touching and enigmatic film about friendship and loneliness. Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal. Nice writeup in The New Yorker.
If I Was God Bonus Film
Director Cordell Baker, Canada, 6 min.
While dissecting a frog in biology class, a 12-year-old boy who senses the approaching power of adulthood speculates about what he would do if he were God. This darkly whimsical, semi-autobiographical 3D animated short was directed by two-time Oscar-nominated animator and long-time National Film Board filmmaker Cordell Baker.
The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse Bonus Film
Directors Hugo Jean, Juliette Jourdan, Kévin Roger, Marie Pillier, Camille Chaix, France, 7 min.
A hungry grey fox sets out for a morning hunt, hoping to find a tasty rodent to snack on. But the mouse he finds is no ordinary mouse...
The Lonliest Stoplight Bonus Film
Director Bill Plympton, USA, 6 min.
The life and times of a neglected stoplight, voiced by Patton Oswalt.
Catch It Bonus Film
Directors Paul Bar, Marion Demaret, Dadege Forner, Pierre-Baptiste Marty, Julien Robyn, Jordan Soule, France, 7 min.
A group of frisky meerkats guards its beloved fruit near their burrow, but a vulture intrudes and a chase begins in the savannah.
Prologue Oscar Nominee
Director Richard Williams, UK, 6 min.
The story of an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. A young girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation. Williams – is best known for his work as animation director on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." See Parent's Note, below.
PARENT'S NOTE: Prologue is the last film in the program. In a beautiful, hand-drawn depiction of a battle scene, there is violent swordplay and some brief male nudity, and it may not be good for young children. We'll have a Parental Guidance warning prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they wish. Other than Prologue, this program is acceptable for kids of all ages.
~ PROGRAM B, Live-Action Shorts ~
Sat, Mar 12 — 7:00 PM, Sun, Mar 13 — 4:00 PM
Mon, Tue & Wed, Mar 14, 15, 16 — 8:00pm
Total Run Time approx. 105 minutes.
Ave Maria Oscar Nominee
Director Basil Khalil, Palestine/France/Germany, in Arabic, English and Hebrew with English subs, 15 min.
What happens when opposing cultures have to cooperate, if only to get away from each other? A delightful comedy with a hidden message that targets the social and religious traditions hindering communication and understanding, in the West Bank, and everywhere.
The routine of 5 Palestinian Carmelite nuns in the West Bank wilderness is disrupted when a family of Israeli settlers come to their door for help after crashing their car into the convent wall and decapitating a statue of the Virgin Mary. The Israelis can't operate a phone to call for assistance due to the Sabbath laws, and the Nuns have taken a vow of silence. What to do? Together they have to come up with an unusual plan to sort things out.
Shok Oscar Nominee
Director Jamie Donoughue, Kosovo/UK, in Albanian and Serbian with English subs, 21 min.
Based on real events, in Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives.
Alles Wird Gut (Everything will be OK) Oscar Nominee
Director Patrick Vollman, Germany/Austria, in German with English subs, 30 min.
It's Friday and eight-year-old Lea is impatiently waiting for her father – common with many divorced families – he is to pick her up for the weekend. At first everything goes as expected but gradually strange things start to happen. Her dad tries to compensate with new Legos and a trip to the fair, which helps for a while, but the contentment and joy fades and things are not quite right.
Patrick Vollrath's excellent film unfolds the drama of a child and parent whose relationship is damaged by a bad decision that may never be put right. Intense, well told and exceptionally well performed, this touching film hurts, fascinates and remains in your memory.
Stutterer Oscar Nominee
Director Benjamin Cleary, Ireland, in English, 12 min.
A comedy with universal appeal about online romance and awkwardness when dating, with a delightful twist.
For a lonely typographer, an online relationship provides a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and revealing the truth about himself.
Day One Oscar Nominee
Director Henry Hughes, USA, in English, 25 min.
On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission – "day one" – she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man's pregnant wife when she goes into labor.
Directed by a US Army veteran with service in Afghanistan and inspired by a true story, filmmaker Henry Hughes writes, "This woman, my interpreter ... she is so many things: American, Muslim, female, combat veteran. She is also my muse." Learn more about the story, director and interpreter here.