2017 Oscar®-Nominated Short Films: Animation
Tuesday Feb 14 07:30 PM
Wednesday Feb 15 01:00 PM
Thursday Feb 16 07:30 PM
Saturday Feb 25 01:00 PM
Saturday Feb 25 07:30 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00
About the Film:
See the best animated short films from around the world before the 89th Academy Awards this year!
Total runtime: 86 min.
Directed by Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj. USA. 2016. 7 min.
A weathered sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.
Directed by Patrick Osborne. USA. 2016. 6 min.
An itinerant musician travels around the country with his young daughter in his old hatchback and juggles his passion for performing with providing his daughter with a stable life. The daughter grows up with a love of music and adventure, and is able to repay her father for nurturing her creativity.
Directed by Alan Barillaro. USA. 2016. 6 min.
Directed by Alan Barillaro and produced by Marc Sondheimer, Piper, the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling that ventures from her nest for the first time to find by the shoreline. The only problem is that the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. Piper debuted in theaters worldwide with Finding Dory in 2016.
Directed by Theodore Ushev. Canada. 2016. 8 min.
Vasyha is not like other young girls; she was born with one green eye and one brown eye. But her odd eyes aren’t the only thing that’s special about her gaze. Her left eye sees only the past. Her right, only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from living in the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities.
The Head Vanishes*
Directed by Franck Dion. Canada/France. 2016. 9 min.
Jacqueline isn’t quite in her right mind anymore, but she’s determined to take the train to the seaside, as she does every summer. Only this year she’s constantly being followed by some woman who claims to be her daughter, and the trip takes some unexpected, phantasmagoric turns. Franck Dion’s gentle, poetic film invites us to share the journey of an elderly woman living with degenerative dementia, as her confused mind leaves her open to danger.
Directed by Alexandre Arpentinier, Mathieu Blanchys, Lola Grand, Trsitant Lamarca, Thomas Lemaile, Jean-Charles Lusseau. France. 2016. 5 min.
Two astronauts go on the conquest of an unknown planet, but an unusual situation will put their professionalism to the test.
Once Upon a Line
Directed by Alicja Jasina. USA. 2016. 5 min.
A man leads a monotone, humdrum existence until he suddenly falls in love. His world turns upside-down after he meets a red-haired woman who manages to break his established routine. What follows is a short portrait of a difficult relationship marked by a struggle for control and preserving one's identity, and finally loss and depression. The ending gives hope for a new beginning and a change of perspective.
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Directed by Robert Valley. Canada/UK. 2016. 35 min.
Techno Stypes liked to drink, smoke, and fight—but he was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident. So what was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.
Parental Advisory: Pear Cider and Cigarettes, one of the five nominees, will be the last film in the program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship that contains violence, language, sex, and drug use that is not appropriate for children. There will be a parental guidance warning prior to this short. Other than Pear Cider and Cigarettes, the program is acceptable for kids.
*Denotes additional films that are not nominees.