The five Oscar nominees for Best live action short film are featured in this yearly presentation. The term “live action” actually means that those films are non-documentary, fiction short films. The Academy defines a short film to be 40 minutes or less. The first film is Ave Maria, a Palestine, France and Germany co-production. Israeli settlers on the West Bank seek help from Catholic nuns. A comedy about cultural and religious differences. From Kosovo and the U.K, Shok (Friend) is about friendship between two boy during the Kosovo war. This is a sad but beautifully made film. Everything will be okay (Alles wird gut) from Germany and Austria is, at 30 minutes, the longest film. A divorced father picks up his young daughter for the weekend. Soon we realize, as she does, that he plans to kidnap her. A thoroughly believable and compelling, well made and well acted drama. Day one is an American short set in Afghanistan. On her first day of duty, a young woman working as an interpreter has to deliver a baby. In Stutterer, a young man with a speech impediment nervously awaits his first date with the girl he met online. All the films are good and interesting this year, so you are sure to spend a decent evening at the cinema.
And the Oscar went to… Stutterer was the winner.
Oscar nominated Live action shorts 2015