Oscar Nominated Shorts

Oscar Shorts: Live Action

February 08, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

An exclusive evening of this year's Oscar-nominated live-action short films – in one fabulous program.


The Oscar contenders for live action short offers a range of socially relevant and hot-button issues, including children and families in jeopardy, immigration, off-beat love stories and animal shenanigans.

In Brotherhood, the Canadian frontrunner from Meryam Joobeu, a Tunisian man returns home after fighting with ISIS in Syria to fight with his father. It's exquisitely photographed and the performances are powerful. Tunisa, 25m

Saria, directed by Bryan Buckley, follows two sisters plotting an escape from an abusive orphanage in Guatamela to find freedom in America. US, 23m

A Belgian short movie Une Sœur stars actress Veerle Baetens (Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown). A night. A car. Alie is in danger. To get by she must make the most important phone call of her life. Belgium, 16m

In Yves Pia's feel-good comedy, Nefta Football Club, two boys intrude on a big score when they stumble on a drug donkey in the middle of the desert between Tunisia and Algeria. Tunisia/France, 17m

Standing apart from the others, The Neighbors' Window, from Oscar-nominated documentary director Marshall Curry ("Street Fight"), offers a fresh twist on a voyeuristic conceit, in which a New York husband and wife (and parents of three) spy on a young neighboring couple with surprising results. US, 20m

Rated R (Thankfully a lot lighter than last year's Live Action program! But it still deals with adult themes and issues, and is not for children)

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

A.O. Scott, New York Times

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