pictured above Mr Hublot, voted Best Actor in an Animated Short in the 2014 Academy Awards
THIS WEEK’S SCREENINGS
Oscar Short Film Festival: Animation 7:00 @ The Back Door
The Great Beauty 7:00 @ IU Woodburn
Oscar Short Film Festival: Animation 6:30 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Oscar Short Film Festival: Live Action 8:30 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
March 15 and 16
The Great Beauty 4:30 and 7:00 @ IU Woodburn
Oscar Short Film Festival: Animation 4:00 and 8:00 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Oscar Short Film Festival: Live Action 6:00 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Oscar Short Film Festival: Documentary Program A* 4:45 @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs
Oscar Short Film Festival: Documentary Program B 6:30 @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs
*The first film in Program A is “The Lady from Number 6.”
If you did not have a chance to catch all of the Oscar short film nominees, all is not lost. You can still see them this weekend on campus. Each program is $5 but for $10 you can buy an Oscar Pass admitting you to all three programs (on different nights, on different weekends). The programs are not rated by if they were, the Animation program would be rated PG – one of the animated films is a bit dark, but certainly no darker than the average superhero movie. It’s kid-friendly for most kids. And there are Saturday and Sunday matinees.
ANIMATED SHORT FILM NOMINEES (1 hr, 40 min)
The Animated program includes 8 films – the five nominees and three films that were short-listed for a nomination. Here are brief descriptions of the nominated films…
“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.
“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.
“Mr. Hublot” The Winner! (Directors: Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares). Synopsis: The eccentric, isolated Mr. Hublot finds his carefully ordered world disrupted by the arrival of Robot Pet.
“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.
“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.
LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM NOMINEES (1 hr, 53 min)
“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.
“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.
“Helium” The Winner! (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.
“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.
“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. Fans of Sherlock on PBS will see a familiar face.
DOCUMENTARY SHORT NOMINEES
The documentaries are divided into two 90 minute programs. Program A features three films, including this year’s winner, “The Lady in Number 6,” and Program B features two films. One $5 ticket admits you into both documentary programs.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” The Winner! (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. This was also the clear winner in our audience vote. Alice Herz Sommer passed away in late February at 110.
“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.