Mobile Kino is proud to present the Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014
The screening includes exclusive interviews with previous winners and the five Live Action short films are presented by this years contender Steve McQueen and last years Oscar winner Shawn Christensen. The Oscar Shorts and interviews will be screened in the beautiful and historic Kino Babylon.
Steve McQueen Anne Rosellini
One hundred and twenty short films made the first round selection in the Best Live Action Short Film category. The academy narrowed down the contenders to only five nominees. A variety of short films were selected from all over the world.
The 5 films in contention for the Oscar in the Best Live Action Short Film category.
Helium – Directed by Anders Walter / Denmark
The Oscar Shorts start with the most charming yet sad film of the five nominees. Director Anders Walter worked as an illustrator and comic book artist since the age of 17 and has used his talent to create a truly magical fantasy world on film.
“Alfred a young boy is dying, but through the stories about HELIUM – a magical fantasy world, told by the hospital’s eccentric janitor Enzo, Alfred regains the joy and happiness of his life, and finds a safe haven away from daily life.”
The Voorman Problem – Directed by Mark Gill / United Kingdom
Second in line is a much lighter film from the United Kingdom starring The Hobbit star Martin Freeman.
“In Mark Gill’s witty short “The Voorman Problem,” a psychiatrist and a prisoner who claims to be a god play diabolical mind games, during which the “insane” prisoner exchanges roles with the doctor.”
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything) – Directed by Xavier Legrand / France
Xavier Legrands film is next and picks up the heart beat. The short film starts with the feel of a drama yet has the sense of something to fear just around the corner. A mother is in a clear panic to collect her children and head to the safety of the supermarket where she works. Her colleagues shelter her as she frantically tries to organize her escape from the trauma in her life. She is running from something and this short story has you on the edge of your seat for 29 minutes.
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) – Directed by Esteban Crespo / Spain
Spanish director Esteban Crespo’s short film Aquel no era yo (That wasn’t me) was screened at an event organized by several Spanish NGO’s on the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers. The film has been used in a campaign to highlight the use of child soldiers.
“KANEY (Juan Tojaka) is an African child soldier. He lives with many child soldiers and obeys the orders given by the man who has become like their father, the GENERAL of the Rebel Army (Babou Cham). PAULA (Alejandra Lorente) is a Spanish aid worker who moved to Africa following her boyfriend, JUANJO (Gustavo Salmerón), in order to bring help and to rescue the child soldiers who live there.
In a border crossing point, PAULA and KANEY meet each other and this will be the starting point of this dramatic story, full of fear, violence and redemption.”
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) – Directed by Selma Vilhunen / Finland
Bringing an end to the program is a Finnish comedy about a busy morning for a mother and her family as she’s trying to take care of everything on her own.
“Sini tries frantically to get her family ready to leave for a wedding, but her husband and two children are interfering with her efforts.”
The 2014 Oscar Nominated Short Films will be screened Saturday March 1st at Kino Babylon.