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2023 Oscar-Nominated Shorts

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ANIMATION SHORTS | 6:00 PM SATURDAY, FEB. 18 | 97 MIN. 

The Animated program features one adult-oriented title (MY YEAR OF DICKS). As in previous years, we will include a title card that will appear just before this film, which will be the final film in the line-up. The card will stay on screen for 30 seconds so that patrons have time to leave the theater if they choose to. Another animated short, THE FLYING SAILOR, includes some full-frontal nudity of the titular sailor but is otherwise unoffensive (and a really nice film).

"ICE MERCHANTS" BY JOAO GONZALEZ. 15 minutes. Portugal.

Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachute from their vertiginous cold house, attached to a cliff, to go to the village on the ground, far away where they sell the ice they produce daily.

“THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE” BY CHARLIE MACKESY & PETER BAYNTON. 32 minutes. UK.

The heartfelt journey for all ages follows the unlikely friendship of a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse traveling together in the boy’s search for home.

“AN OSTRICH TOLD ME THE WORLD IS FAKE AND I THINK I BELIEVE IT” BY LACHLAN PENDRAGON. 12 minutes. Australia.

When a young telemarketer is confronted by a mysterious talking ostrich, he learns that the universe is stop motion animation.

"MY YEAR OF DICKS" BY SARAH GUNNARSDOTTIR & PAMELA RIBON. 26 minutes. USA.

An imaginative fifteen year-old is stubbornly determined to lose her virginity despite the pathetic pickings in the outskirts of Houston in the early 90’s. *Rated R.

“THE FLYING SAILOR” BY AMANDA FORBIS & WENDY TILBY. 8 minutes. Canada.

When two ships collide in a harbor, a passing sailor is sent skyward and forced to contemplate the wonder and fragility of existence. *Brief frontal nudity, but generally tame.

LIVE ACTION SHORTS | 8:00 PM SATURDAY, FEB. 18 | 115 MIN.  MATURE THEMES.
 

"LA VALISE ROUGE" (THE RED SUITCASE) BY CYRUS NESHVAD. 18 minutes. Iran.
Luxembourg Airport. Late in the evening. A veiled 16-year-old Iranian teenager is frightened to take her red suitcase on the automatic carpet. She keeps pushing back the moment to go through the arrival gate and seems more and more terrified.

“NATTRIKKEN" (NIGHT RIDE) BY EIRIK TVEITEN. 16 minutes. Norway.
A cold night in December. Ebba waits for the tram to go home after a party, but the ride takes an unexpected turn.

“LE PUPILLE" (THE PUPILS) BY ALICE ROHRWACHER & ALFONSO CUARON. 37 minutes. Italy.
This live action short is about desires, pure and selfish, about freedom and devotion, and about the anarchy that is capable of flowering in the minds of girls within the confines of a strict religious boarding school at Christmas.

 

“AN IRISH GOODBYE” BY ROSS WHITE & TOM BERKELEY. 23 minutes. Ireland.

On a farm in rural Northern Ireland, estranged brothers Turlough (Seamus O’Hara) and Lorcan (James Martin) are forced to

reunite following the untimely death of their mother (Michelle Fairley). But when the pair discover an unfulfilled bucket list belonging to their late mum, their pained reunion takes an altogether different course.

 

“IVALU” BY ANDERS WALTER. 16 minutes. Denmark.

Ivalu is gone. Her little sister is desperate to find her and her father does not care. The vast Greenlandic nature holds secrets. Where is Ivalu?

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS | 2 PM SUNDAY, FEB. 19 | 166 minutes (1 intermission) 

“HAULOUT” BY EVGENIA ARBUGAEV &. AMAXIM ARBUGAEV. 25 minutes. Russia.

As a man waits in his hut in the desolate expanse of the Russian Arctic, he is holding out in order to observe a natural event that occurs here, every year, but ocean warming is taking its toll.

 

“STRANGER AT THE GATE” BY JOSHUA SEFTEL. 30 minutes. USA.

A U.S. Marine plots a terrorist attack on a small-town American mosque. His plan takes an unexpected turn when he comes face-to-face with the people he sets out to kill.

 

“THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT” BY DEBRA MCCLUTCHY & ANNE ALVERGUE. 40 minutes. USA.

This documentary profiles the Cabinet wife who spoke out during Watergate — and the Nixon administration's campaign to gaslight her into silence.

15 MINUTE INTERMISSION

 

“THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS” BY KARTIKI GONSALVES. 41 minutes. India.

What unravels when a tribal couple decides to foster an orphaned baby elephant? Watch how the arrival of the gentle giant Raghu, transforms the lives of his foster parents forever.

 

“HOW DO YOU MEASURE A YEAR?” BY JAY ROSENBLATT. 29 minutes. USA.

A father films his daughter every year on her birthday, asking the same questions.

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