For the 2017 Oscar season, the Museum presents Oscar-nominated short films for all three short-subject categories: animation, live action, and documentary. Watch, then choose your favorites before the winners are announced at the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26.
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2017 Oscar Nominees: Live Action
(Directed by Kristof Deák, Hungary, 2015, 25 min., in Hungarian with English subtitles)
Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school - singing in the school’s famous choir is her only consolation, but the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is. It will take Zsofi and her new friend Liza to uncover the cruel truth.
(Directed by Aske Bang , Denmark, 2016, 30 min., in Danish with English subtitles)
Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter and falls in love with the illegal immigrant Kwame. Both live a hard life. Kwame finds comfort in Inger's arms, but says nothing about his family and children in Ghana. When his daughter becomes ill, he is forced to steal money from the homeless shelter to pay the hospital bill. Inger believe his lie about the theft, and when Kwame moves in with Inger they are happy for a while… until the day when Kwame’s mobile phone reveals everything about his life in Ghana.
(Directed by Juanjo Giménez Peña, Spain, 2016, 15 min., in Spanish with English subtitles)
Luna and Diego are parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.
(Directed by Sélim Azzazi, France, 2016, 27 min., in French with English subtitles)
An interview at a local police station turns into an inquisition during which a French-Algerian born man sees himself accused of protecting the identities of possible terrorists. This close-up on France's troubled history with its former colonies has one man controlling the fate of another with the stroke of a pen during a turbulent period in the 1990s.
La Femme et le TGV
(Directed by Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 2016, 30 min., in French with English subtitles)
Elise Lafontaine has a secret routine. Every morning and evening for many years, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One fateful day, she finds a letter from the train conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down. She engages in a promising correspondence through poetic and thoughtful letters – two anonymous writers sharing their world with each other… until the day the train line gets cancelled. The story is inspired by true events and stars César Award nominee Jane Birkin.