2015 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Live Action

The shorts...offer a vision of what the Academy Awards should and could be but very rarely are: eclectic, cosmopolitan, scrappy and surprising.


The 2015 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Live Action

For the tenth consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Jan. 30th. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.

PARVANEH (Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger) – 25 minutes/Switzerland/Dari and German
BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM (Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney) – 14 minutes/UK/English
AYA (Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis) – 39 minutes/Israel and France/English, Hebrew, Danish
THE PHONE CALL (Mat Kirkby and James Lucas) – 21 minutes/UK/English
BUTTER LAMP (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak) (Hu Wei and Julien Féret) – 15 minutes/France and China/Tibetan
Director: Talkhon Hamzavi
Producer: Stefan Eichenberger
Synopsis: A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily.
Director: Michael Lennox
Producer: Brian J. Falconer
Writer: Ronan Blaney
Synopsis: Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising
their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their
parents announce that big changes are coming to the family. Starring Martin McCann, Charlene McKenna, Riley Hamilton and Aaron
Directors: Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun
Producers: Yael Abecassis, Hilel Rozman, Pablo Mehler
Co-writer: Tom Shoval
Production: Cassis Films (Israel), Divine Productions (France)
Synopsis: Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the
random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong.
Director: Mat Kirkby
Writers: Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
Synopsis: “THE PHONE CALL” follows HEATHER, (played by OSCAR® nominee SALLY HAWKINS), a shy lady who works at a helpline call
centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner JIM BROADBENT) she has no idea that the
encounter will change her life forever.
Director: Hu Wei
Producer: Julien Féret
Synopsis: A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of various

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