Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Live Action

For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 10th. 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 now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.

LIVE ACTION SHORTS (Running Time: 130 minutes)

Sing – dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes

Synopsis: Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school – singing in the school’s famous choir is her only consolation, but the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is. It will take Zsofi and her new friend Liza to uncover the cruel truth.

Silent Nights – dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes

Synopsis: Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter and falls in love with the illegal immigrant Kwame. Both live a hard life. Kwame finds comfort in Inger’s arms, but says nothing about his family and children in Ghana. When his daughter becomes ill, he is forced to steal money from the homeless shelter to pay the hospital bill. Inger believe his lie about the theft, and when Kwame moves in with Inger they are happy for a while… until the day when Kwame’s mobile phone reveals everything about his life in Ghana.

Timecode – dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes

Synopsis: Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.

Ennemis Interieurs – dir. Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes

Synopsis: An interview at a local police station turns into an inquisition during which a French-Algerian born man sees himself accused of protecting the identities of possible terrorists. This close-up on France’s troubled history with its former colonies has one man controlling the fate of another with the stroke of a pen during a turbulent period in the 1990s.

La Femme et la TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes

Synopsis: Elise Lafontaine has a secret routine. Every morning and evening for many years, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One fateful day, she finds a letter from the train conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down. She engages in a promising correspondence through poetic and thoughtful letters – two anonymous writers sharing their world with each other… until the day the train line gets cancelled. The story is inspired by true events and stars César Award nominee Jane Birkin.

The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 26th.

COMING SOON

Of Mind and Music

A lyrical and extraordinarily beautiful story about a lovely aging jazz singer and a world famous neuroscientist who tries to free her mind, woven together by the music that permeates New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.

Pg-13, 1hr. 38 min., 2014

Of Mind and Music Showtimes


Friday, March 3, 7 pm
Saturday, March 4, 7 pm
Sunday, March 5, 7 pm
Monday, March 6, 1:30 pm
Monday, March 6, 7 pm

Mifune: The Last Samurai

A feature-length documentary about the life and films of legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, weaving together film clips, archival stills, and interviews with such luminaries as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Narrated by Keanu Reeves.

Not Rated, 1 hr. 20 min., 2015

Mifune: The Last Samurai Showtimes


Friday, March 10, 7 pm
Saturday, March 11, 7 pm
Sunday, March 12, 7 pm
Monday, March 13, 1:30 pm
Monday, March 13, 7 pm