Events: Oscar Shorts 2009

Cincinnati World Cinema (CWC) continues its nurturing of the short film format with its eighth annual screening of Academy Award nominated live-action and animated short films. Contrary to the often bloated and formulaic long-form product being churned o

Mar 25, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Cincinnati World Cinema (CWC) continues its nurturing of the short film format with its eighth annual screening of Academy Award nominated live-action and animated short films. Contrary to the often bloated and formulaic long-form product being churned out by studios right now, this collection of shorts offers unique, consistently compelling work via a variety of styles and subject matter.

Among the best of the five live-action features is Swiss director Reto Caffi’s On the Line (pictured), a perceptive, melancholic drama about a department store security guard who longs to connect with a female clerk, and Oscar winner Toyland, Jochen Alexander Freydank’s deftly rendered story of a young mother’s search for her missing son in Nazi Germany.

Of the five animated shorts, Japanese filmmaker Kunio Kato’s Oscar-winning La Maison En Petits Cubes is a poignant, evocative look at one man’s memories of a city now nearly fully engulfed in water.

Due to popular demand, the run of the shorts has been extended! CWC presents the shorts in two different programs (A and B), each of which runs about 90 minutes. Program A runs 7:30 p.m. April 13 and Program B runs at 7:30 p.m. April 114.

Get details, times and tickets here.