TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 / 11 AM – 4 PM

2016 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films – Live Action Program

Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Register now to see the Academy Award® Nominated Live Action Films at the Des Moines Art Center! 

Showings

Running Time: 107 minutes

Thursday, February 18 / 6:30 pm

Sunday, February 21 / 1:30 pm (repeat of 2/18 films)

Nominees

  • Ave Maria

    AVE MARIA

    Director Basil Khalil, Palestine/France/Germany
    15 minutes

    Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters' vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.

  • Shok

    SHOK

    Director Jamie Donoughue, Kosovo/UK
    21 minutes

    In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives.

  • Everything Will Be OK

    EVERYTHING WILL BE OK

    Director Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria
    30 minutes

    Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey.

  • Stutterer

    STUTTERER

    Director Benjamin Cleary, UK/Ireland
    16 minutes

    For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.

  • Day One

    DAY ONE

    Director Henry Hughes, USA
    25 minutes

    On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man's pregnant wife when she goes into labor.

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