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Oscar Shorts: Live Action

February 18, 2024

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Imaginative gems that offer perfection in miniature—and better chances in your Oscar pool!

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2024 Oscar Nominated Short Films Pre-Nomination Trailer

 

Short films may lack the scale and sweep of their feature-length siblings, but the best of them offer a promise of perfection in miniature and a reminder that cinema is often an art of patience, precision, and detail. These bite-sized gems combine imaginative daring with meticulous attention to craft and are a surefire way to improve your odds in the Oscar pool. Contains adult content.

THE AFTER
Misan Harriman, UK, 2023, 18m
A powerful and affecting story that follows Dayo (David Oyelowo), a Londoner who has to reconnect with himself and society after witnessing a devastating random attack in the capital.

RED, WHITE AND BLUE
Nazrin Choudhury, USA, 2023, 23m
Rachel is a single parent living paycheck to paycheck. When an unexpected pregnancy threatens to unravel her already precarious position, she's forced to cross state lines in search of an urgent and necessary abortion. As she reflects upon the series of events that created this journey and the obstacles placed in her path, we learn a heartbreaking truth that means her life will never be the same again.

RIDDER LYKKE (KNIGHT OF FORTUNE)
Lasse Lyskjær Noer, Denmark, 2023, 25m, subtitled
Two very different men meet in a funeral home, each grieving for their wives, and have an unusual adventure. The loss of a loved one, the grief,  and a coffin, is too much for Karl to face. It is much easier to fix a broken lamp. Then he meets Torben – a destined brother. An absurd, humorous, and melodic meeting between two old men captured by grief.

INVINCIBLE
Vincent René-Lortie, Canada, 2022, 30m, subtitled
Inspired by a true story, Invincible recounts the last 48 hours in the life of Marc-Antoine Bernier, a 14-year-old boy on a desperate quest for freedom.

THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR
Wes Anderson, US/UK, 2023, 37m
Part of a series of magnificent interpretations of the short works of Roald Dahl by the auteur director Wes Anderson. This is the story of a man who discovers that he can manipulate games of chance through the power of his mind, which produces an unexpected effect on the way he lives his life and thinks about other people. Dahl's interests in luck, trickery and the mechanics of power are all on display here, but the story feels light and breezy thanks to Anderson's expertise. Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, Ben Kingsley and Richard Ayoade each play two roles to bring it all to life, with Jarvis Cocker and Rebecca Cornford each giving multiple supporting performances.
 

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