Want to be on the up-and-up on the complete Oscar race from top to bottom? Normally, the minor film categories of Best Live Action Short Film and Best Animated Short are obscure categories of inaccessible films that go commonly unseen by the general public. Bundled together in two separate presentations, the Landmark Theatres Century Centre location in Chicago will be offerings special screenings of the Academy Award nominees in those two short film categories. Showtimes begin on Friday, January 29, 2015.
In the field of Best Animated Short Film, the five nominated films comprise a easily digestible 86 minute presentation. The program includes:
- “Historia de un Oso (Bear Story),” a Chilean film in which a lonely old bear tells the story of his life through a mechanical diorama
- “Sanjay’s Super Team” from amazing California minds of Pixar Animation Studios, about a young Indian-American immigrant’s boy love for superheroes and TV clashing humorously with his father’s devout religious devotion.
- “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos,” a Russian entry highlighting two cosmonauts who are friends try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality
- “World of Tomorrow,” written and directed by American Don Hertzfeldt, the short follows a little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future
- “Prologue,” a short centering on a small girl bearing witness as warriors battle to death during the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago.
The program for the Best Live Action Short Film nominees runs 107 minutes. The internationally-diverse lineup includes:
- “Ave Maria,” from Palestine, where five Palestinian nuns living in the West Bank wilderness are disturbed when an Israeli settler family’s vehicle breaks down outside the convent
- “Day One,” depicting a new translator’s first day accompanying a U.S. Army unit during the War on Terror.
- “Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut),” a German-Austrian collaboration about a divorced father who picks up his eight-year-old daughter Lea, but she can‘t help feeling that something isn’t right
- “Shok,” from Kosovo following the friendship of two boys challenged during their nation’s war
- “Stutterer,” from Ireland highlighting a story of a man’s online girlfriend traveling to London to surprise him.
The Landmark Century Center Cinema is located at 2828 North Clark Street in Chicago. The Best Animated Short program shows twice daily (1:40pm and 7:20pm) and the Best Live Action Short Films screen three times a day (10:45am, 4:40pm, and 9:40pm). Seize the opportunity to enjoy these nominated works and gain an appreciation for a different realm of the cinematic art form. Be able to say you’ve “seen them all” when Oscar night arrives!