A shot at the Oscar shorts

Sunday evening, a pint of beer, a bag of nachos and a group of friends glued to the screen watching a few of the best short films in the world — some of them tipped to take home the Oscars tomorrow. Sounds like fun? Read on. Make your way to Little Door, the lounge bar at Andheri (West) this evening, for your dose of Oscar-nominated short films from 2012 and 2013.

“They are all officially acquired,” smiles Cyrus Dastur of Shamiana, the short-film club that is organising the shows. So which films will be screened, we ask. “From last year’s nominations we are screening Time Freak and Pentecost and from this year’s shortlisted films, we will screen Death of a Shadow. There will be two other Oscar nominated short films too so in two hours, guests can watch five films and also take part in an interactive movie trivia session. We also have a surprise film for the audience,” says Dastur.

Here’s what you can get ready to watch:

An animated Polish film about a 19th century inventor, who is close to perfecting motion pictures but doesn’t want to reveal his invention to the public until he can show films with sound and colour.
Director: Tomasz Baginski
Duration: 12 minutes

An American comedy based on a neurotic inventor who creates a time machine but gets lost travelling around the world from a previous era.
Director: Andrew Bowler
Duration: 10 minutes


The film is set in Ireland in 1977. Eleven-year-old Damian Lynch (Scott Graham) is called in at the last moment to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish.
Director: Peter McDonald
Duration: 11 minutes

This French film has been nominated for the Oscar this year. It is about Soldier Nathan, who died during World War I. A strange collector imprisoned his shadow and gave him a new chance: a second life against 10,000 captured shadows. But when Nathan discovers that the girl he loves is in love with someone else, jealousy clouds his mind and pushes him towards a bitter decision, not without consequences.
Director: Tom Van Avermaet
Duration: 20 minutes

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