Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Short Film (Live Action)

We screened the 2009 Oscar nominated live action shorts at the Wheeler and I've got to say I'll be very interested to see which one wins.

I certainly can't choose.

The nominees are Auf Der Strecke (On The Line), Manon on the Asphalt, New Boy, The Pig and Spielzeugland (Toyland) and all five of them were excellent.

On The Line tells of the unintended consequences when a lonely store security guard has a crush on one of the clerks.

Manon on the Asphalt provides us with an unusual perspective on friends and family.

Newboy takes the time worn tale of the new kid and adds layers.

The Pig explores culture clash and loneliness in Denmark.

Toyland tells the tale of heroics on a small scale in Nazi Germany.

All five were fairly serious, although Manon on the Pavement started out deceptively lightly and The Pig had moments of whimsy. The consensus between the three of us who attended the screening was that On The Line and Toyland were the most layered so were more probable winners.

I look forward to finding out.

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