See Oscar Live Action Shorts nominees at Breckenridge Theatre
At 6 p.m. Sunday, May 3, catch a one-time-only screening of Academy Award nominations in the Live Action Shorts category, presented at the Breckenridge Theatre. The 74-minute program features five films Academy judges considered for the award, including the single winner, “The Phone Call.”
The remote snowy landscape “Parvaneh” is the setting for an Afghan teenager living in a refugee center in Switzerland who encounters difficulties wiring money to her family and asks a young Swiss woman for help, falling into an unexpected adventure along the way.
In “Aya,” two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly confuses her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong. Called a “perfect cinematic experience” by critics, the beautifully written, directed and filmed piece is not one to be missed.
Next up is “Boogaloo & Graham,” where Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their softhearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for, but the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family. The uniquely filmed “Butter Lamp,” also known as “La Lampe au Beurre de Yak,” is a very short film that features a young itinerant photographer and his assistant who photograph the inhabitants of a remote Tibetan village.
The Academy ultimately selected British film “The Phone Call” to win the 87th Academy Award for Live Action Short this year. Heather, the main character, is a shy lady who works in a helpline call center. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man, she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.
“These films show the intricacies of filmmaking that are sometimes lost — or perhaps not emphasized — in feature films, even Academy Award-winning films,” said Janice Kurbjun, Breckenridge Film Festival executive director. “It’s interesting for a filmmaker to be able to use the short-film format to tell a story in a different way, and some of these films showcase that different tactic.
“Others of these selections tell fabulous stories in just the right amount of time, meaning they are closely edited to be effective and engaging in communicating that story. We are excited to be able to bring this to folks in Summit County as something to do in the offseason.”
Advance tickets are $10 for seniors and youth and $12 for adults. Purchase tickets today at http://www.backstagetheatre.com. Visit http://www.breckfilmfest.com and backstagetheatre.org to stay tuned to ongoing programming for both organizations.
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