Detroit Film Theatre


Thursday, February 14, 2008

7:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

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  • Fees Apply

Here’s your ticket to a full, satisfying meal of all of this year’s Oscar® nominated short films, in both the animated and live-action categories. It’s your chance to predict the winners before the Oscars are handed out on February 24th! The short-film nominees are traditionally among the year’s most creative and surprising films of any kind, yet they’re also the most difficult to find. This program will present them all in one eye-opening program, with a brief intermission between the animated and live-action categories.

Thu. at 7:30; Fri. and Sat. at 7:00; Sun at 3:00 and 7:15


Nominated Live Action Shorts - running time 137 minutes

AT NIGHT; Denmark, Oscar Nominees: Christian E. Christiansen & Louise Vesth. Drama, 40 minutes, Danish w/ English subtitles. Three young women share their problems while spending the holidays in a hospital cancer ward.

IL SUPPLENTE (THE SUBSTITUTE); Italy, Oscar Nominee: Andrea Jublin. Comedy, 17 minutes, Italian w/ English subtitles. The arrival of an unusual newcomer galvanizes the students in a high school classroom.

LE MOZART DES PICKPOCKETS (THE MOZART OF PICKPOCKETS); France, Oscar Nominee: Philippe Pollet-Villard. Comedy, 31 minutes, French w/ English subtitles. A pair of unlucky thieves find their fortunes have changed when they take in a deaf homeless boy.

TANGHI ARGENTINI; Belgium, Oscar Nominees: Guido Thys and Anja Daelemans. Comedy, 13 minutes, French w/ English subtitles. A man who must learn to dance the tango in two weeks asks an office colleague for help.

THE TONTO WOMAN; United Kingdom, Oscar Nominees: Daniel Barber and Matthew Brown. Drama, 36 minutes, English. A cattle rustler meets a woman who is living in isolation after being held prisoner for eleven years by the Mojave Indians.

Nominated Animated Shorts - running time 90 minutes

I MET THE WALRUS; Canada, Oscar Nominee: Josh Raskin. 5 minutes, English, 2D Animation, Documentary. In 1969, fourteen-year-old Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room with his tape recorder and persuaded him to do an interview.

MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI; Canada, Oscar Nominees: Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski. 17 minutes, Silent, Claymation/CGI, Drama. A timid woman boards a mysterious night train and has a series of frightening experiences.

MEME LES PIGEONS VONT AU PARADIS (EVEN PIGEONS GO TO HEAVEN); France, Oscar Nominees: Samuel Tourneux and Simon Vanesse. 9 minutes, French w/ English subtitles, CGI. A priest tries to sell an old man a machine that he promises will transport him to heaven.

MY LOVE (MOYA LYUBOV); Russia, Oscar Nominee: Alexander Petrov. 27 minutes, Russian with English subtitles, Drama. In nineteenth-century Russia, a teenage boy in search of love is drawn to two very different women.

PETER & THE WOLF; United Kingdom & Poland, Oscar Nominees: Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman. 27 minutes, Silent, Drama. A young boy and his animal friends face a hungry wolf in Prokofiev's classic musical piece.