Blink and you can miss them on the Oscar telecast (Feb. 22 on ABC). But every year, the nominated short films – whether animated, live action or documentary – consistently show an excitingly wide range of styles and subject matter. This year is no exception. So lovers of the short form, rejoice: the animation and live action nominees have been packaged into two separate films and can be seen beginning Friday at the Raleigh Grande.
As usual, the works come from a variety of countries – The Netherlands, Japan, Canada and Poland to name a few. And the production sources range from independent filmmakers to those works that are government funded, and even include a short from the Disney Company.
Some of the highlights include:
Never miss a local story.
“Feast,” from the Walt Disney animation factory, features a particularly ravenous puppy. 6 minutes.
“Me and My Moulton,” from the National Film Board of Canada, is about a young girl a bit embarrassed by her nonconformist parents. 14 minutes.
The Dutch animation “A Single Life” features another young girl, who receives a strange vinyl record. 2 minutes.
“The Bigger Picture,” from the UK, is about two brothers caring for their near-senile mother. 7 minutes.
Northern Ireland’s “Boogaloo and Graham” features two young boys who refuse to give up their pet chickens. 14 minutes.
From Switzerland, “Parvaneh” tells the story of an Iranian refugee who escapes from her camp and goes to the city so she can send a money order to her mother. 25 minutes.
“The Phone Call” includes the star power of Sally Hawkins and Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), in a film about a woman who receives a mysterious phone call at a helpline call center. 21 minutes.
“Butter Lamp” is the story of a Tibetan photographer who shoots family portraits in front of fake backdrops. 15 minutes.