SUNDAY, MAY 9 / 10 AM – 4 PM

2019 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films – Live Action Program

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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


Running Time: 105 minutes

Friday, February 15 / 6:30 pm

Sunday, February 17 / 1:30 pm (repeat of 2/15 films)


  • Marguerite


    Director Marianne Farley, Canada
    19 minutes

    An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.

  • Skin


    Director Guy Nattiv, USA
    20 minutes

    A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

  • Detainment


    Director Vincent Lambe, Ireland
    30 minutes

    Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993 and continues to incite public outrage across the UK today.

  • Fauve


    Director Jeremy Comte, Canada
    17 minutes

    Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer...

  • Mother (Madre)

    madre (mother)

    Director Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Spain
    19 minutes

    A single mother receives a call from her seven-year-old son who is on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a horrible nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone and cannot find his father who left a while ago.

entirely unexpected