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Best Live Action Shorts (15) (LC)

Part of Oscar Week 2022

Still from Ala Kachuu

All the Best Live Action Short film nominees from this years Academy Awards, from Denmark to Afghanistan. 

These five superb stories follow a man's desperate desire to sing a song for his wife; a look at the dystopian future of policing in a near future United States of America; a young student's dream of escaping small town life, only to find herself caught up in the impossible predicament of an unwanted marriage; wedding planning interrupted by world events (starring Riz Ahmed); and a young Polish woman's exploration of lust and fantasy.

Take a look at the full programme below.

Tagged with: Cinema Oscar Week 2022


On my Mind
Henrik wants to sing a song for his wife. It has to be today, it has to be now. It’s a question of life, death and karaoke.
Denmark 2021 dir Martin Strange-Hansen 18 min

Please Hold
In the not-so-distant future, Mateo (20s, Latino) is arrested by a police drone without explanation. Finding himself locked in a fully automated jail with no means of recourse, Mateo realizes he’s fallen through some kind of crack in the system. To get out alive he’ll have to go head-to-head with the labyrinthine, computerized bureaucracy of the privatized American justice system, in search of an actual human being who can set things right.
US 2020 dir KD Davila 19 min

Ala Kachuu
Sezim, 19 years old, wants to fulfill her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland. There, she’s forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim desperately seeks a way out.
Switzerland 2020 dir Maria Brendle 38 min

WINNER: The Long Goodbye
Riz and his family are in the middle of preparing a wedding celebration when the events unfolding in the outside world arrive suddenly on their doorstep. The result is a devastating and visceral feat of filmmaking, and a poignant poetic cry from the heart.
UK 2020 dir Aneil Karia 12 min

The Dress (Sukienka)
Lust, sexuality and physicality. These are the deepest desires virgin Julia suppresses while working at a wayside motel. That is until she crosses paths with a handsome truck driver, who soon becomes the object of her fantasies...
Poland 2020 dir Tadeusz łysiak 30 min

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