The 2014 Oscar nominated short films (in live-action, documentary and animation) are making their way to theaters January 31 (and debuting on iTunes February 25). Check out the full list of 15 short films playing in the program, plus watch the compilation’s trailer, below.
A list of participating theaters is here.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING?
FINLAND / 7MIN
Director: Selma Vilhunen
Producer: Elli Toivoniemi, Tuffi Films Ltd.
Mother Sini wakes up in a panic: she has slept in and the
family is late for a wedding. She wakes up her husband Jokke and daughters
Ella, 6, and Kerttu, 4. They start to prepare themselves in a hurry. Mother is
going crazy since nobody else seems to be able to do anything right. Who has
messed father’s shirt, hid girls’ dresses and the wedding gift?
DENMARK / 23MIN
Director: Anders Walter
Producers’: Kim Magnusson, Tivi Magnusson and M&M
Executive Producers’: Andreas Rostock, Lasse Marcussen and
Henrik Gugge Garnov
A hospital’s eccentric janitor helps a young dying boy
regain the joy and happiness of life.
JUST BEFORE LOSING EVERYTHING
FRANCE / 30MIN
Director: Xavier Legrand
While her children pretend to go to school, Miriam hurries
to pick them up and take them to her work place. She explains to her boss that she has to leave the region in a rush.
THAT WASN’T ME
SPAIN / 24MIN
Director: Esteban Crespo
Executive Producer: Jose Luis Matas-Negrete
The short film AQUEL NO ERA YO, written and directed by
Spanish director Esteban Crespo, tells the story of Paula and Kaney. Two
characters, an African child and a Spanish woman, who could have nothing in
common, but will get to join their lives forever through a life-giving shot.
THE VOORMAN PROBLEM
UNITED KINGDOM / 13MIN
Director: Mark Gill Producers: Baldwin Li and Lee Thomas
Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr
Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god. The
doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman: is he a faker or a lunatic?
Diagnose him insane and they can ship him off to the asylum. But before making
a decision, the doctor has several questions in relation to Voorman’s claim:
why would a god choose to be straitjacketed in a prison, is there a way he can
validate his boast and what has any of this got to do with Belgium?
USA / 13MIN
Director: Daniel Sousa
A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and
brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same
strategies that kept him safe in the forest.
GET A HORSE!
USA / 6MIN
Director: Lauren MacMullan Producer: Dorothy McKim
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ innovative new short “Get A
Horse!” is a contemporary homage to the first animated shorts featuring Mickey
Mouse, with all-new, black-and-white, hand-drawn animation that’s paired with
full-color, 3D, CG filmmaking—in the same frame. Mickey (voice of Walt Disney),
his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and
Clarabelle Cow delight in a musical haywagon ride—until Peg-Leg Pete shows up
and tries to run them off the road. This groundbreaking short takes a sharp
turn when Mickey finds himself separated from Minnie and must use every trick
up his sleeve to find his way back to her. Directed by Lauren MacMullan and
produced by Dorothy McKim, “Get A Horse!” is in theaters in front of “Frozen”.
FRANCE / 11MIN
Director and Producer: Laurent Witz
Co-Director: Alexandre Espigares
Mr Hublot lives in a world where characters are made
partially of mechanical parts, driving huge vehicles, rub shoulders with each
other. A world where the giant scale of machines and the relentless use of
salvaged materials reign supreme. A withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, Mr Hublot is
scared of change and the outside world. His solution: he doesn’t step foot
outside his apartment! The arrival of the dog Robot Pet will turn his life
upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion…
JAPAN / 14MIN
Director and Writer: Shuhei Morita Producers’: Yasumasa
Tsuchiya, Daisuke Uchiyama, Motoki Mukaichi
The 18th Century. On a stormy night, deep in the mountains,
a man has lost his way and comes across a small shrine. When he enters, the
space suddenly turns into a room in a different world. One after another appear
abandoned umbrellas, discarded kimonos, and such spectral things. The man
painstakingly mends these paraphernalia, which harbor deep-seated bitterness,
and brings them comfort. “How well you served people before you turned to rags.
Your rest is earned.”
ROOM ON THE BROOM
UNITED KINGDOM / 25MIN
Director: Max Lang & Jan Lachauer Producer: Michael Rose
and Martin Pope
A half hour animated film based on the wonderful children’s
picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Room
On The Broom is a magical tale about friendship and family from Magic Light
Pictures, the producers of the hugely successful The Gruffalo and The
Gruffalo’s Child. A story about a kind witch who invites a surprising
collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her
cat. The gang ultimately saves the witch from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude
she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone.
Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson (Witch), Rob Brydon (Cat), Martin
Clunes (Dog), Sally Hawkins (Bird), Simon Pegg (Narrator), Timothy Spall
(Dragon), David Walliams (Frog).
USA / 39MIN
Director and Producer: Jeffrey Karoff
Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, ‘eighth wonder of the
world’ art caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. Each
creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who
have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic
differences. Fed up, Ra has chosen to forego commissions altogether and create
a massive, 10-year project, his Magnum Opus.
USA / 23MIN
Director and Producer: Jason Cohen
The worlds of a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his
senseless hate crime attack collide by chance 25 years after the incident that
dramatically shaped both of their lives. They proceed to embark on a journey of
forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears,
eventually leading to an improbable collaboration… and friendship.
KARAMA HAS NO WALLS
YEMEN, UK & UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / 26MIN
Director: Sara Ishaq Producers: Setara Films and Hot Spot
‘Karama Has No Walls’ is a documentary film set in Change
Square, in Yemen’s capital city Sana’a, where members of a heavily armed
population set aside their weapons, and peacefully assembled in early 2011 to
demand the fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33 year autocratic rule. As pro-government snipers shot dead 53 protesters and
injured a thousand more, the Yemen nation was shaken to its core and the masses
flocked to the square in solidarity with their fellow citizens. The film
illustrates the nature of the 2011 Yemeni uprising in stark contrast to the
gross violations of human rights that took place on the Friday of Dignity
(Juma’at El-Karama), marking a turning point in Yemen’s revolution. Through the
lenses of two cameramen and the accounts of two fathers, the film retells the
story of the people behind the statistics and news reports, encapsulating the
tragic events of the day as they unfolded from a prayer gathering into a
barrage of bullets.
PRISON TERMINAL: THE LAST DAYS OF PRIVATE JACK HALL
USA / 40MIN
Director and Producer: Edgar Barens Coordinating Producer:
Greg Rhem Editor: Geof Bartz Senior Producer: Lisa Heller Executive Producer:
Shelia Nevins An HBO Documentary Film
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, an HBO
Documentary Film, is a moving cinema verité documentary that breaks through the
walls of one of America’s oldest maximum security prisons to tell the story of
the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner, Jack Hall and the
hospice volunteers, they themselves prisoners, who care for him. HBO’s Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
draws from footage shot over a six-month period behind the walls of the Iowa
State Penitentiary and provides a fascinating and often poignant account of how
the hospice experience can profoundly touch even the forsaken lives of the
The film debuts March 31 on HBO.
THE LADY IN NUMBER 6
CANADA / 38MIN
Director and Producer: Malcolm Clarke Producers: Nick Reed
and Chris Branch
The Lady In Number 6 is one of the most inspirational and
uplifting stories of the year. 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world’s
oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor shares her story on how to achieve a long
and happy life. She discusses the importance of music, laughter and how to have
an optimistic outlook on life.