2019 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Live Action

For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 8th. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday, Feb. 24th.

The selections in this year’s Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts deal with particularly intense subject matter (such as imperiled children, murder, racial violence).  If you are particularly affected by controversial subject matter, please consider that viewer discretion is strongly advised.

2019 Live-Action Shorts
Madre – Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Maria del Puy Alvarado, Spain, 19 minutes
Synopsis: 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 nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone, cannot find his father, and a stranger is approaching.

Fauve – Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon, Canada, 17 minutes
Synopsis: 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 power over the other. This game will not prove as harmless as they thought.

Marguerite – Marianne Farley and Marie-Helene Panisset, Canada, 19 minutes
Synopsis: An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing, and helps her make peace with her past.

Detainment – Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon, Ireland, 30 minutes
Synopsis: 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.

Skin – Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman, USA, 20 minutes
Synopsis: 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.

Approximate running time 109 minutes
Suggested rating: R (violence, language, and adult themes)

 
 
 
 

Show Times

  • Monday, February 18, 2019 (All day)
Rated R

Tickets

$9 general admission
$7 for members and students w/ valid i.d.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Konkel Family Welcome Center, online, or by calling 207-775-6148.

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