The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Live Action (2016)
February 14, 2016 7:32 PM - Subscribe

Shorts HD presents a theatrical release of the five Oscar nominees for Best Short Film, Live Action

Where to see it

Ave Mariawebsitetrailer • purchase [iTunes]IMDb
Everything Will Be OK (Alles wird gut) • websitetrailerIMDb
Day OnewebsitetrailerIMDb
posted by DevilsAdvocate (6 comments total)
This was a hard bunch to watch. Not that any of them were bad, but three of the five nominees were pretty grim.

Ave Maria: The lightest of the bunch. A Jewish family travelling in the West Bank, and nearing sundown on Friday, finds itself in need of assistance outside of a convent, where the nuns have taken a vow of silence. Nicely done.

Shok: The story of two ethnic Albanian boys living in Serbia. Hard to watch the treatment of them and their families by Serbs. Good performance by the two leads.

Everything Will Be OK: A father picks up his young daughter from his ex-wife, but what initially seems to be a regular overnight custody arrangement turns more dire. I thought the acting on the part of the father was good, and the story was affecting.

Stutterer: The other one of the group with a lighter tone. The titular stutterer has been in an online relationship for six months when the object of his affection wants to meet in person. I didn't think the humor worked nearly as well as in Ave Maria, and found the ending a little too convenient.

Day One: The first day on the job for a female interpreter in Afghanistan working with the US army. Powerful, but difficult to watch with good acting all around.

My choice? Probably Day One.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:32 PM on February 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

Thanks for posting this, DevilsAdvocate. I think your "Where to see it" link is meant to go here, maybe?

So glad the Oscars folks have started doing this; for years I remember thinking what a shame it was that these films almost never get seen. There are animation and documentary short nominee presentations, too. Wonder if they're available on demand on TV; they really should be in 2016.
posted by mediareport at 4:43 AM on February 15, 2016

Oops, yes, thanks for the link correction.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 5:01 AM on February 15, 2016

According to the website they'll be available streaming and On Demand starting February 23.

The entries for the animated and documentary shorts programs don't seem to have percolated into IMDb yet, and I believe an IMDb entry is a prerequisite for a FanFare movie post. Also I haven't seen those two yet, although I plan to by the end of the week. I enjoy short films and wish these got wider exposure, as well; with the exception of the perennial Pixar short in the animated category not many people see these, and pay little attention to the three shorts categories during the Oscars broadcast. I know I didn't before I got interested in short films.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 9:13 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

I might have believed that one person would be so ashamed of a disability as to hide it from an online friend for months, despite it being a terrible cliche about disabilities. But both? Even the deaf one?

Not consistent with my experience with deaf people, who often have a great deal of pride in the culture of deafness, and argue they don't have a disability so much as struggle with the problems of knowing a minority language.
posted by maxsparber at 9:34 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

Stutterer? Really, Academy? That would've been my fifth choice out of this group. Even if you wanted a light-hearted one, Ave Maria was still better.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 4:06 AM on February 29, 2016

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