“Oscar Nominated Animated & Live Action Short Films”

The new Academy Award nominees in the categories of Best Animated & Live Action Short Film are being featured at Landmark Theaters. Bravo ! to Landmark for showcasing the talent of up-in coming filmmakers . “Short films are the incubators of the directing stars of tomorrow, and show a remarkable variety of inspiration and technique”. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the nominees on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  The 89th Academy Awards show  is broadcast live on Sunday, February 26, 2017! The ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.
These films are Not Rated by the MPAA. Running time 86 & 130 minutes.

Nominated Animation Shorts:
“Borrowed Time “– dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes; Reminiscent of the magnificent 7, the wild west with a message.

“Pearl “– dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes; So much portrayed in a person’s life in 6 minutes. original music weaves the storyline with line drawn animation . It makes good use of storyboarding  and editing .
****”Piper “– dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes;  When Disney bank rolls you and supports you  with animation facilities , your 6 minutes are going to be heads above the other nom’s..My guess it will win. Shades of that ol’ Bambi, Finding Nemo tension.

“Blind Vaysha” – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes; based on an Indian short story.It is narrated and simple animation to tell the story. 8 minutes went by slowly
Live Action Shorts:
“Pear Brandy and Cigarettes* – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes; — *Important note: this will be the last film in the program. An  animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children. This short is so sexist, self indulgent by the writer/director. Not meaning to typecast or be stereotypical but If you are a teenage boy then I guess this short was made for you.

“SING”– dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes;  Slow moving but it punches a wallop of an ending!

“SILENT NIGHTS”– dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes; A look at immigrant migration to Denmark. Poignant and revealing in these turbulent times.

“Timecode “– dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes;  Whimsical story of two parking garage security cops.

****” Ennemis Interieurs ” dir. Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes;  My pick for the Oscar. 28 minutes of captivating filmmaking set in an interrogation “extreme Vetting” process of achieving citizenship .

” La Femme et la TGV “– dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes;

Light weight filmmaking on a subject matter that could have been told in 15 minutes. An

aging women, a train and moving on in life .

Exclusive Engagement Opens Friday, February 10th
Landmark’s Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore Street at Clay Street – (415) 561-9921
or Landmark’s Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center Promenade Level – (415) 352-0835
& Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema
601n Ness Avenue near San Francisco’s Civic Center – (415) 771-0183
& Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas
2230 Shattuck Avenue one block from UC Berkeley – (510) 644-2992



  1. kathyrives · February 21, 2017

    Saw them all. They were shown In Sag Harbor. Loved seeing them. I thought they were mostly excellent .

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  2. tblake22 · February 21, 2017

    As always you are a great writer. Thanks for sharing ..

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