Oscar Nominated Short Films Open Friday, January 31st! For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on January 31st. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, February 9th.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT Academy Awards Nominees! Dcera (Daughter), Hair Love, Kitbull, Memorable, Sister
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT Academy Awards Nominees! In The Absence, Learning To Skateboard In A War Zone (If You're A Girl), Life Overtakes Me, St. Louis Superman, Walk Run Cha-Cha
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT Academy Awards Nominees! Brotherhood, Nefta Football Club, The Neighbors' Window, Saria, A Sister
Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films Open Friday, January 31st!
(85 mins.) Treat as PG-13. Most of these shorts will not appeal to children under 12, at all.
Czech Republic. Directed by Daria Kashcheeva. (15 mins.)
The bond between a father and a daughter is imperiled by matters that go unspoken and hurts that are slow to heal.
United States. Directed by Matthew Cherry, Everett Downing Jr., Bruce Smith. (7 mins.)
Hair Love is an animated short film about an African American father trying to do his daughters hair for the first time.
United States. Directed by Rosana Sullivan. (9 mins.)
An unlikely connection sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.
France. Directed by Bruno Collet. (12 mins.)
An aging painter and his wife struggle increasingly to cope with his advancing dementia.
China. Directed by Siqi Song. (8 mins.)
A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?
PLUS! These additional animated shorts will be included to round out the program:
United States. Directed by Rachel Johnson. (16 mins.)
A determined young woman, crippled with a severe hunchback, will stop at nothing to fulfill her dream of seeing the world. This is the story of how she finds happiness.
The Bird and the Whale
Ireland. Directed by Carol Freeman. (6 mins.)
A baby whale separated from his family discovers a caged bird, the sole survivor of a shipwreck. Together they struggle to survive, lost at sea.
France. Directed by Leo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet. (5 mins.)
The two best rescue workers in the region take off for their umpteenth mission. Professionalism and efficiency all around, but things don't really go as planned...
France. Directed by Florian Babikian, Victor Caire, Thephile Dufresne,
Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Navarro. (2 mins.)
Deep into a forest, a gathering of wild animals start a nocturnal opera, conducted by a squirrel.
Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films Open Friday, January 31st!
(104 mins.) Treat as R. This year's program is much lighter than the 2019 live action shorts.
Tunisia/Canada/Qatar/Sweden. Directed by Meryam Joobeur. (25 mins.)
Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife.
Nefta Football Club The 2019 Manhattan Short Silver Medal Winner!
France/Tunisia/Algeria. Directed by Yves Piat. (17 mins.)
In a Tunisian village, children are playing football on a wasteland. Meanwhile, Abdallah and Mohammed come across a donkey with headphones on his ears and bags full of a white powder on his back.
The Neighbors' Window
United States. Directed by Marshall Curry. (20 mins.)
It tells the story of a middle aged woman with small children whose life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street.
United States. Directed by Bryan Buckley. (23 mins.)
SARIA explores the unimaginable hardships faced by young female orphans at the Virgen de La Asuncion Safe Home in Guatemala, leading up to the tragic fire which claimed 41 of their lives in 2017. We follow the story of two inseparable orphaned sisters, who, in desperation for survival, devise a daring plan of escape for all the orphans to find freedom in America.
Belgium. Directed by Delphine Girard. (16 mins.)
A night. A car. Alie is in danger. To get by she must make the most important phone call of her life.
Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films Open Friday, January 31st!
(160 mins.) Treat as R.
In The Absence
South Korea. Directed by Seung-jun Yi. (28 mins.)
Documents the sinking of a South Korean Ferry. As a result of the ineptitude of the first response to the emerging situation, hundreds of people, mostly children lost their lives.
Learning To Skateboard In A War Zone (If You're A Girl)
UK. Directed by Carol Dysinger. (39 mins.)
Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're A Girl) is the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write-and skateboard in Kabul.
Life Overtakes Me
Sweden/United States. Directed by John Haptas, Kristine Samuelson. (39 mins.)
In the grip of trauma, hundreds of refugee children in Sweden withdraw from life's uncertainties into a coma-like illness called Resignation Syndrome.
St. Louis Superman
United States. Directed by Sami Khan, Smriti Mundhra. (28 mins.)
This short verité documentary follows Bruce Franks Jr., a 34-year-old battle rapper, Ferguson activist and state representative from St. Louis, Missouri, at a critical juncture in his life, when he is forced to deal with the mental trauma he's been carrying for the nearly 30 years since his 9-year-old brother was shot and killed in front of him, in order to find peace and truly fulfill his destiny as a leader for his community.
Walk Run Cha-Cha
United States. Directed by Laura Nix. (20 mins.)
Paul and Millie Cao lost their youth to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Forty years later, they have become successful professionals in Southern California and are rediscovering themselves on the dance floor.
The Song of Names Check back! Anticipated opening date is in February! Canada/Hungary. 2019. Directed by Francois Girard. (113 mins.) Rated PG-13. [CC,AD]
As Europe erupts into World War II, 9 year old Martin comes to love his new brother Dovidl, a highly gifted violin prodigy of the same age and recent Polish-Jewish refugee to London. But hours before Dovidl's debut concert performance at the age of 21 he vanishes without a trace, causing shame and ruin for their family. A lifetime later, a young violinist shows a 56 year old Martin a stylistic flourish that could only have been taught by Dovidl. This triggers Martin's odyssey overseas in search of his lost brother, one that will lead to surprising revelations for both men and for Helen, the woman who stood between them.
Clemency Check back! Anticipated opening date is in February! United States. 2019. Directed by Chinonye Chukwu. (113 mins.) Rated R.
Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee! Best Feature, Best Female Lead - Alfre Woodard, Best Screenplay
Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Check back! Anticipated opening date is March with an advance screening on Wednesday, February 12th!
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Advance tickets available now at our box office during regular business hours or online at boxofficetickets.com!**ONLINE TICKET SALES CLOSE ONCE OUR DOORS OPEN THE DAY OF THE EVENT** France. 2019. Directed by Celine Sciamma. (121 mins.) Rated R. in French & Italian with English subtitles
Critics' Choice Awards Nominee! Best Foreign Language Film
Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee! Best International Film
France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse's first moments of freedom. Héloïse's portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.
Downhill Check back! Anticipated opening date is February 14th!
United States. 2020. Directed by Nat Faxon, Jim Rash. (90 mins.) Rated R.
Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. Inspired by the motion picture FORCE MAJEURE by Ruben Östlund.
63 Up Check back! Anticipated opening date is February 14th!
UK. 2020. Directed by Michael Apted. (144 mins.) Not Rated.
The latest installment of the groundbreaking, award-winning documentary series from director Michael Apted (Gorky Park, Gorillas in the Mist) returns to visit the people whose lives have been followed since they were seven. Featuring more of the original line-up than ever before, we discover what has happened to the group over the last seven years and what life has thrown at them in their sixties.
The Assistant Check back! Anticipated opening date is February 21st! United States. 2020. Directed by Kitty Green. (87 mins.) Not Rated.
"The Assistant" follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant's -- making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages, onboarding a new hire. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her work day, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered.
Emma Check back! Anticipated opening date is March 6th! UK. 2020. Directed by Autumn de Wilde. (122 mins.) Rated PG. [CC,AD]
Jane Austen's beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of EMMA. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.
Greed Check back! Anticipated opening date is March 6th! UK. 2020. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. (104 mins.) Not Yet Rated. [CC,AD]
Greed is the fictional story of a retail billionaire, set in the glamorous and celebrity-filled world of luxury fashion, which is centered around the build up to a spectacular 60th birthday party in an exclusive hotel on the Greek island of Mykonos.
The Traitor Check back! Anticipated opening date is March 6th! Italy/France/Germany/Brazil. 2020. Directed by Marco Bellocchio. (145 mins.) Rated R. in English and in Italian, Portuguese & Sicilian
THE TRAITOR tells the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the man who brought down the Cosa Nostra. In the early 1980's, an all out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next. Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: he decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra.
Wendy Check back! Anticipated opening date is March 13th! United States. 2020. Directed by Benh Zeitlin. (112 mins.) Rated PG-13. [CC,AD]
The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic from Benh Zeitlin, director of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.
Fantastic Fungi Check back! Anticipated opening date is in March! United States. 2019. Directed by Louie Schwartzberg. (81 mins.) Not Rated.
Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.
First Cow Check back! Anticipated opening date is in April 3rd! United States. 2020. Directed by Kelly Reichardt. (121 mins.) Rated PG-13. [CC,AD]
Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph Old Joy in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always Check back! Anticipated opening date is April 3rd! UK/United States. 2020. Directed by Eliza Hittman. (101 mins.) Not Yet Rated. [CC,AD]
Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery and compassion.
The Burnt Orange Heresy Check back! Anticipated opening date is April 3rd! UK/Italy. 2020. Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi. (98 mins.) Not Yet Rated. [CC,AD]
The art world and the underworld collide in director Giuseppe Capotondi's elegant and erotic neo-noir thriller, The Burnt Orange Heresy. Set in present day Italy, irresistibly charismatic art critic James Figueras hooks up with provocative and alluring fellow American, Berenice Hollis. He's a classic anti-hero in the making with a charm that masks his deep ambition, whilst she's an innocent touring Europe, enjoying the freedom of being whoever she wishes. The new lovers travel to the lavish and opulent Lake Como estate of powerful art collector, Cassidy. Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney, the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and he has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist's studio, whatever the cost. As the couple spend time with the legendary Debney, they start to realize that nothing about artist nor their mission is what it seems. But James is a man of deep, lurking ambition and he will do anything, from arson and burglary to murder, in order to further his career.
The Climb Check back! Anticipated opening date is April 17th! United States. 2019. Directed by Michael Angelo Covino. (94 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD]
Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond -- until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancée. The Climb is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships.
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