OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS – ANIMATED

OPENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 30

The Rafael again participates in the national release of short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards. Audiences will have the opportunity to see the nominated Live Action and Animated shorts prior to the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 22, 2015. We will also schedule select screenings of the documentary nominees. Each category will be screened in a separate program, each requiring separate admission.

Animated Shorts program length 77 minutes.

A SINGLE LIFE

When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life. Directed by Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins and Job Roggeveen. The Netherlands. 2 min. Non-dialogue.

FEAST

FEAST”, a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (Head of Animation, “PAPERMAN”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. Directed by Patrick Osborne. USA. 6 min. Non-dialogue.

ME AND MY MOULTON

One summer in mid-’60s Norway, a seven-year-old girl asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle. Me and My Moulton provides a glimpse of its young protagonist’s thoughts as she struggles with her sense that her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as “normal”. Directed by Torill Kove. Canada/Norway. 14 min. English.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!’ hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won’t go, and their own lives unravel as she clings on. Innovative life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent. Directed by Daisy Jacobs. UK. 7 min. English.

THE DAM KEEPER

Set in a desolate future, one small town’s survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam’s operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change.  Directed by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. USA. 18 min. Non-dialogue.

ADDITIONAL TITLES TO BE SCREENED: BUS STORY, DUET, FOOTPRINTS and SWEET COCOON