It is always interesting to see the yearly collection of Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts. All the films this were worthy candidates. The program starts with Parvaneh from Switzerland. It is about a young Afghan girl who travels to Zurich where she meets and befriends a punk girl. It is sweet and touching. Next is a fun French-Chinese short called Butter lamp (La lampe au beurre de Yak) where a photographer takes pictures of Tibetan nomads in front of various artificial backgrounds. The phone call from U.K. is the best film. It stars Sally Hawkins as Heather a crisis-hotline worker trying to dissuade a man from suicide. Great work by Hawkins. The longest film (39 minutes) is Aya, a Israel/France co-production. A young woman becomes the unexpected assigned driver for a visiting music critic. This the least interesting of the films as the motivations remains a mystery throughout. A charming little gem from the U.K., Boogaloo and Graham is about two little brothers enamored with the two baby chicks their father gave them. Of course their mother disagree. The two boys are sooooo cute. Not a bad crop this year.
And the Oscar went to… The best film won : The phone call.
2014 Oscar nominated shorts – Live action
English and other languages with English subtitles