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Oscar-Nominated Shorts Open on February 8

February 8, 2019

Aside from foreign language films, each year the Oscar-nominated short films prove to be the most problematic for those who want to see all (or at least as many as possible) of the films that will vie for Oscar gold later this month.

 

If you’re one of those people, ShortsTV has your back. Starting February 8, the nominated shorts will be shown in their nomination blocks – Animated, Live Action, and Documentary – at theaters around the country.

 

In Minneapolis, the Uptown Theatre will show the Animated and Live Action blocks.

Animated

 

Animal Behaviour

 

Directed by Alison Snowden and David Fine. A support group made up entirely of animals (including a praying mantis that can’t keep a lover, and a pig with an eating disorder) meets on a weekly basis to discuss their shortcomings.

 

Bao

 

Directed by Domee Shi. Disney-Pixar’s entry features an empty nest mother coming to grips with change after one of her dumplings (literally) comes to life and grows up way faster than she’d hoped … much like her own child.

 

Late Afternoon

 

Directed by Louise Bagnall. An elderly woman splits her time between her vivid, but fragmented memories, which are sparked by things in her nearly as fragmented present day life.

 

One Small Step

 

Directed by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas. In this Twin Cities Film Fest alum, a young Chinese American girl dreams of becoming an astronaut – a dream fully supported by her father. As she grows up life happens, and the dream takes a detour.

 

Weekends

 

Directed by Trevor Jimenez. Set in 1980s Toronto, the story follows a young boy as he navigates the world while splitting his time between his mother and father following their very recent divorce.

Live Action

 

Detainment

 

 

Directed by Vincent Lambe. Based on actual interview transcripts from a 1993 case, two 10-year-old boys are detained and questioned by police about the abduction and murder of a British toddler.

 

Fauve

 

Directed by Jeremy Comte. Two young boys take part in a game where the object is to assert dominance over the other. While mostly harmless, things take a sharp turn when the pair finds themselves alone and in trouble in a surface mine.

 

Marguerite

 

Directed by Marianne Farley. An elderly woman makes a discovery about her nurse that not only forms a friendship between the two, but helps her come to terms with something she’s left in her past.

 

Madre (Mother)