By Ziyad Saadi | Indiewire January 18, 2014 at 10:15AM
The Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday, and while many of the nominated feature films are likely to soon find larger audiences, here's a chance to get a more comprehensive look at the short films that are up for the coveted award. Check out clips and trailers below:
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me):
Directed by Esteban Crespo, "Aquel No Era Yo" is a meditative drama that details the life of Kaney, an African child soldier who encounters Paula, a Spanish aid worker whose life suddenly succumbs to danger.
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything):
Directed by Xavier Legrand, "Avant Que De Tout Perdre" is a tense drama that follows the trouble life of single mother Miriam, who hides with her two children in the supermarket where she works in order to avoid her abusive husband who's looking for her.
Directed by Anders Walter, "Helium" is a magical tale of adventure that whisks a hospitalized little boy into the beautifully fictional world created for him by the hospital's sympathetic janitor.
Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?):
Directed by Selma Vilhunen, "Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?" is a fast-paced comedy that looks at the hectic life of a middle-aged woman whose endless efforts to get her family to a wedding begin to take their toll on her sanity.
The Voorman Problem:
Directed by Mark Gill, "The Voorman Problem" is an off-beat comedy about a prison psychiatrist who is assigned to examine the twisted mind of Voorman, an inmate who persists that he is God.