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The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action

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


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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.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Although all technically accomplished, this year's batch of live-action shorts is more uneven.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Typically eclectic and entertaining.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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In between these bookends are some fascinating and diverse offerings.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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As unreliable as the Academy Awards may be at every possible level, it's a relief to encounter the 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts ...

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source:
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While there are few genuine knockouts, the 2013 crop is an improvement over last year.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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There's a little something for everyone.

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Every film is a balance of style and storytelling, the ideas explored and the medium used to express them.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This year's Live Action lineup honors a group of directors who've had successful careers in advertising, acting, recording, and arts activism.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Of the three different contests for best short film - documentary, live action and animation - the live action nominees are the strongest category.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A delightful set of films spanning genres, styles and the globe in just one outing.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Lives up to its status as an annual Oscar-season treat.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

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.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters

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.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press


January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

My favorite film of the lot is the French-Belgian 'Death of a Shadow'... a steampunkish science fantasy...

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

A field of five films, every one as deserving and brilliant as the best of the best picture nominees this year.

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Audience Reviews for The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action

The five Oscar nominated live action shorts from 2012, each about 20 minutes long: a dead soldier works for a shadow collector in a steampunkish afterlife, an elderly composer struggles with his memories, a suicidal drug addict is pressed into watching the daughter of his estranged sister, two Afghani boys hope to grow up to play Buzkashi (a game played on horseback with a dead goat), and a Somali boy decides between becoming a pirate or a fisherman. Most of these films are melancholy dramas, with a little black humor in the USA's "Curfew" and a little magical realism in Belgium's "Death of a Shadow"; "Henry" (the Canadian composer's story) was emotionally devastating and my favorite, but the field is strong enough that almost everyone seems to favor a different one (though oddsmakers have made "Curfew" a huge favorite). A refreshing change of pace from feature films.
February 15, 2013
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