The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action (2013)
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Asad - (director: Bryan Buckley, South Africa) Set in a war-torn fishing village in Somalia, an all Somali refugee cast brings to life this coming of age fable of a Somali boy who is faced with falling into the pirate life, or rising above to choose the path of an honest fishing man. Buzkashi Boys - (director: Sam French, Afghanistan) Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the national sport of Buzkashi - a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat - Buzkashi
Feb 1, 2013 Limited
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If you're primed for the sudden shifts in tone, style, story and look, the payoff is one provocative and evocative film after another.
Although all technically accomplished, this year's batch of live-action shorts is more uneven.
As unreliable as the Academy Awards may be at every possible level, it's a relief to encounter the 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts ...
While there are few genuine knockouts, the 2013 crop is an improvement over last year.
Every film is a balance of style and storytelling, the ideas explored and the medium used to express them.
This year's Live Action lineup honors a group of directors who've had successful careers in advertising, acting, recording, and arts activism.
Of the three different contests for best short film - documentary, live action and animation - the live action nominees are the strongest category.
A delightful set of films spanning genres, styles and the globe in just one outing.
My pick among the live action shorts is Shawn Christensen's "Curfew" (19 minutes), mainly because it has all the conventional elements required of a narrative film, and yet is also really out there.
I could see any of the live-action shorts winning the top prize, which is partly a reflection of their quality and partly because none truly stands out.
My favorite film of the lot is the French-Belgian 'Death of a Shadow'... a steampunkish science fantasy...
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