Opens Friday, February 10.
The Circle Cinema will be presenting the 2012 Oscar Nominated Short films starting Friday, February 10. The Oscar-nominated live-action and animated shorts are split in two separate programs, check calender for showtimes. English subtitles if language is other than English and NR. Combo Ticket are available.
LIVE ACTION SHORTS – Live Action Link
PENTECOST – Ireland/11 minutes
When Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish he faces a difficult choice: conform to the status quo or serve an extended ban from his passion in life, football.
RAJU – Germany/England/24 minutes
A German couple adopts in Kolkata an Indian orphan. Their child suddenly disappears and they realize that they are part of the problem.
THE SHORE – Northern Ireland/30 minutes
The uplifting story of two boyhood best friends – Joe and Paddy divided for 25 years by the tumult of “The Troubles”. When Joe returns home to Northern Ireland, his daughter Patricia brings the two men together for a reunion, with unexpected results. What happened all those years ago? Can old wounds be healed? The answer is both hilarious and moving. THE SHORE is about one of the small personal reconciliations that coincide with a national reconciliation.
TIME FREAK – USA/11 minutes
A neurotic inventor creates a time machine, only to get caught up traveling around yesterday.
TUBA ATLANTIC – Norway/25 minutes
When seventy-year-old Oskar is told that he has only six days left to live, he wants to put things right with his brother who lives in New Jersey. Inger, a public “death angel” is sent out to help Oscar through his remaining days. A huge horn stands at the edge of the sea, built by the brothers when they were kids. Will its sound cross the Atlantic?
ANIMATED SHORTS – Animated Shorts Link
A MORNING STROLL – UK/7 minutes
When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we are left to wonder which one is the real city slicker.
DIMANCHE/SUNDAY – Canada/9 minutes
Every Sunday, it’s the same old routine! The train clatters through the village and almost shakes the pictures off the wall. In the church, Dad dreams about his toolbox. And of course later Grandma will get a visit and the animals will meet their fate.
LA LUNA – USA/7 minutes
The timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?
THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE – USA/17 minutes
Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) co-directors William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and MGM Technicolor musicals. Morris Lessmore is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.
WILD LIFE – Canada/14 minutes
Calgary, 1909. An Englishman moves to the Canadian frontier, but is singularly unsuited to it. His letters home are much sunnier than the reality. Intertitles compare his fate to that of a comet.