2024 Oscar Animated Shorts
Suggested audience recommendation: Not for children under 13, verging on R. This is not a family-friendly program. Topics include the Holocaust, inferred child sexual abuse, and violent battle scenes.
A perennial favorite at Amherst Cinema, come experience the complete roster of short films nominated at the 96th Academy Awards.
dir. Yegane Moghaddam | Iran | 7 minutes | Farsi w/subs
An Iranian girl unfolds her school memories on the wrinkles and fabrics of her old uniform.
LETTER TO A PIG
dir. Tal Kantor and Amit R. Gicelter | France/Israel | 17 minutes | Hebrew w/subs
A Holocaust survivor reads a letter he wrote to the pig who saved his life. A young schoolgirl hears his testimony in class and falls into a strange dream, where she is confronted with questions of identity, collective trauma, and the extremes of human nature.
dir. Stéphanie Clément and Marc Rius | USA | 14 minutes
Like every summer, Louise stays at her grandparents' in the countryside for a few days during the holidays. It will snow at the height of summer, and a monster is going to die.
dir. Jerusha Hess and Jared Hess | USA | 13 min
An ode to the body's five senses, delivered by a man with little time left to enjoy them.
WAR IS OVER! INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC OF JOHN & YOKO
dir. Dave Mullins and Brad Booker | USA | 11 min
Set in an alternate WWI reality where a senseless war rages on, two soldiers on opposite sides of the conflict play a joyful game of chess. A heroic carrier pigeon delivers the soldiers' chess moves over the battlefield as the fighting escalates.
In addition to the nominated shorts, the following two films are included in the program:
dir. John Musker | USA | 4 min
A self-absorbed cat, in a jazzy song and dance, proudly and comically proclaims his "hipness" to the world. The world is less convinced than he is.
Dir. Karni Arieli and Saul Freed | UK | 14 min
A natural history fantasy film, following the dramatic life cycle of the wild salmon in human form. Narrated by Marianne Faithfull.