Oscar Shorts: Live Action

Drama Rated: R 140 min

See the Oscar-nominated short films before the Academy Awards on March 12! Produced by ShortsTV for the past 16 years and the largest commercial release of short films on the planet, this special feature showcases Oscar-nominated short films in three categories on the big screen. This year’s live-action program is moving and cinematically rich and does not shy away from addressing tough topics. Nominee “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch (above), encapsulates the wonderful cinematic world of Wes Anderson, from his recent adaptation of Roald Dahl short stories.

NOTE: The full program is not appropriate for children; topics include murder, abortion, sexual abuse, and suicide.

The After
In this intense short film, a grieving rideshare driver picks up a passenger who helps him confront the past.  – Misan Harriman and Nicky Bentham, 18 min., UK (in English)

Red, White and Blue
A single parent living paycheck to paycheck becomes pregnant and is forced to cross state lines in search of an abortion. – Nazrin Choudhury and Sara McFarlane, 23 min., USA (in English)

Knight of Fortune 
The loss of a loved one, the grief, the risk of yellow skin, and a coffin, that is too much for Karl to face. – Lasse Lyskjær Noer and Christian Norlyk, 25 min., Denmark (in Swedish/Danish)

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. – Vincent René-Lortie and Samuel Caron, 29 min., Canada (in French)

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
Miserly bachelor Henry Sugar, who inherited his fortune, discovers a book about a clairvoyant guru that teaches him to see without using his eyes. He masters the skill so that he can cheat at gambling.– Wes Anderson and Steven Rales, 40 min., US/UK (in English)

United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada