The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action Reviews
Death of a Shadow (Belgium): An unrecognizable Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) plays a dead soldier given a second chance by the Grim Reaper in exchange for labouring at a peculiar task. Notable for it's beautiful steampunk-esque art direction and quirky concept.
Henri (Canada): Great performances, though the story treads familiar ground in this Alzheimer's case study.
Curfew (USA): Winner Shawn Christensen also co-stars with cutie Fatima Ptacek in this tale of suicide averted. Possibly the most memorable bowling alley scene you will see in a movie for some time.
Buzkashi Boys (Afghanistan): Two young Kabul boys explore their hopes for the future, both fantastical and pragmatic. Stunning cinematography and if you even wanted to see men play polo with a dead goat, this is your film.
Asad (South Africa): This is undoubtedly my favourite of the five. A Somali boy fails to join a pirate gang so tries his hand at fishing, and with the help of an old man catches something surprising! Packs buddy comedy, a tense gun standoff, tender family moments and the best ending of any film I have seen in a while into a lean 18 minutes.