The Art Of Short Films
With many of the Oscar nominated feature films now screening at Cinema Nouveau and Ster-Kinekor theatres countrywide, and with #OscarBuzz in full swing, lovers of all things celluloid film are in for another Oscar treat.
Cinema Nouveau has secured the exclusive rights to screen the 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films in the Live Action and Animation categories from February 19.
The films will be screened from Friday, 19 February at the four Cinema Nouveau theatre complexes at Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria, Gateway in Durban and the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
Bookings for the Short Films open on 16 February, and standard movie ticket prices apply, including the benefits and discounts available to members of SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club.
The Short Films in the Live Action category that will be screened are: Ave Maria; Day One; Shok (Friend); Stutterer; and Alles Wird Gut (Everything will be okay).
OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS – SYNOPSES – LIVE ACTION
ALLES WIRD GUT (EVERYTHING WILL BE OK) – 30mins (Germany / Austria) A divorced father picks up his eight-year-old daughter Lea. It seems pretty much like every second weekend, but after a while Lea can‘t help feeling that something isn’t right. So begins a fateful journey. Director, Writer & Producer: Patrick Vollrath
AVE MARIA – 15mins (Palestine / France / Germany) The silent routine of 5 Palestinian nuns living in the West Bank wilderness is disturbed when an Israeli settler family breaks down right outside the convent just as the Sabbath comes into effect. Director: Basil Khalil
DAY ONE – 25mins (USA) Inspired by a true story, DAY ONE depicts a new translator’s first day accompanying a US Army unit as it searches for a local terrorist. As she quickly discovers, her job will bring up brutal complexities as gender and religious barriers emerge with lives hanging in the balance. Director: Henry Hughes.
SHOK (FRIEND) – 21mins (Kosovo / United Kingdom) The friendship of two boys is tested to its limits as they battle for survival during the Kosovo war. Director & Writer: Jamie Donoughue
STUTTERER – 12mins (United Kingdom / Ireland) Apart from his ageing father, Greenwood has only one connection to the external world in the form of an online relationship. Every night, often for hours at a time, he exchanges messages with Ellie. On the eve of their six-month anniversary, Ellie messages Greenwood and tells him that she has travelled to London to surprise him. She asks if he would like to take things “offline” and meet in person for the first time. From the moment when Greenwood gets that earth shattering message, he is suddenly faced with a daunting proposition with everything at stake. Director: Benjamin Cleary
In the Animation category, audiences can look forward to the following short films: Historia de un Oso (Bear Story); Prologue; Sanjay’s Super Team; World of Tomorrow and We can’t live without Cosmos.
SYNOPSES – ANIMATION
HISTORIA DE UN OSO (BEAR STORY) – 12mins (Chile) An old, lonesome bear tells the story of his life through a mechanical diorama.Director: Gabriel Osorio.Producer: Pato Escala
PROLOGUE – 6mins (United Kingdom) Clocking in at six minutes, “Prologue” describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialogue-free project utilises natural sounds to complement the intense animation, entirely animated by Richard Williams himself. Williams – who is best known for his work as animation director on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, his unfinished feature “The Thief and the Cobbler” and Academy Award-winning “A Christmas Carol “adaptation – has worked on the film for many years in between other projects. It was finally completed this year at the Aardman Studios in Bristol, U.K.Director: Richard Williams. Producer: Imogen Sutton
SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM – 7mins (USA)In Sanjay’s Super Team, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.Director: Sanjay Patel
WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS – 16mins (Russia) Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream.Director & Writer: Konstantin Bronzit
WORLD OF TOMORROW – 17mins (USA)A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future. Director & Writer: Don Hertzfeldt
Win a Ster-Kinekor premiere card and watch free movies for a year
Perhaps watching one of these spectacular short films from across the globe will inspire you to enter this year’s #OscarBuzz campaign. Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau are asking you to pick your winners in each category, and deliver your take on their acceptance speech come Oscar night.
It can be serious, quirky or downright comical… and, if yours is selected as the winning speech, you could find yourself the lucky winner of a Ster-Kinekor premiere card, which entitles you to free movie tickets for a year.
Says Lola Gallant, Brand Manager of Cinema Nouveau: “Building on the hype and expectation of who will win the coveted Oscar statues this year, we want our audiences to watch all the Oscar-nominated films screening at Cinema Nouveau and Ster-Kinekor cinemas – including the Live Action and Animation Shorts, and to deliver their carefully composed acceptance speech.
“Participants can select any category for their acceptance speech from Best Actor, Best Director and Best Song, to Best Special Effects or Best Short Film. All we ask is that you let your creativity flow as you thank everyone for honouring you with an Oscar!”
Once you have watched the award-winning Short Films screening from 19 February, or any of the Oscar-nominated feature films currently on circuit, and your acceptance speech has been written or recorded, share it on the Cinema Nouveau Facebook, Twitter or YouTube platforms, using the hashtag #OscarBuzz.
“At the end of the promotion, the best acceptance speech will be announced. Its author will receive movie tickets for a year, to watch the world’s best movies the way they were made to be seen,” comments Gallant.