2019 Live Action Oscar Shorts

New York Times Critics' Pick
108 mins.
Directed by various directors
English, French and Spanish with subtitles

The 2019 Live Action Oscar Shorts program is not rated, but is recommended rated R for violence, language, and adult themes.

  • DETAINMENT - Dir. Vincent Lambe, Ireland, 30 min.
    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.
  • FAUVE - Dir. Jeremy Comte, Canada, 16 min.
    Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer. Alone in the wild the two boys play around. Complicity evolves into a confrontation where one wants to have power over the other. Taking proportions larger than nature, this game will not prove as harmless as they thought.
  • MARGUERITE - Dir. Mariane Farley, Canada, 19 min.
    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.
  • MADRE (MOTHER) - Dir. Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Spain, 19 min.
    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.
  • SKIN - Dir. Guy Nattiv, USA, 20 min.
    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.