Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action

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The theatrical release of the Academy Award nominated short films has met with enthusiastic audiences ever since its launch 6 years ago, giving people around the world an opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the Academy Awards ceremony on February 26th.


Director(s): Peter McDonald
Ireland / 11 mins

When Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish he faces a difficult choice: conform to the status quo or serve an extended ban from his passion in life, football.



Director(s): Max Zähle
Germany / India / 24 mins

A German couple adopts in Kolkata an Indian orphan. Their child suddenly disappears and they realize that they are part of the problem.


The Shore

Director(s): Terry George
Northern Ireland / 30 mins

THE SHORE is the uplifting story of two boyhood best friends - Joe (Ciarán Hinds) and Paddy (Conleth Hill) divided for 25 years by the tumult of "The Troubles". When Joe returns home to Northern Ireland, his daughter Patricia brings the two men together for a reunion, with unexpected results. What happened all those years ago? Can old wounds be healed? The answer is both hilarious and moving. THE SHORE is about one of the small personal reconciliations that coincide with a national reconciliation.


Time Freak

Director(s): Andrew Bowler
USA / 11 mins

A neurotic inventor creates a time machine, only to get caught up traveling around yesterday.


Tuba Atlantic

Director(s): Hallvar Witzø
Norway / 25 mins

When seventy-year-old Oskar is told that he has only six days left to live, he wants to put things right with his brother who lives in New Jersey. Inger, a public "death angel" is sent out to help Oscar through his remaining days. A huge horn stands at the edge of the sea, built by the brothers when they were kids. Will its sound cross the Atlantic?