This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 12.
Rating equivalent of R. An Ostrich Told Me the World is Fake and I Think I Believe It; The Flying Sailor; Ice Merchants; and The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse are suitable for viewers ages 10 and up. My Year of Dicks includes adult themes and sexual situations; it is intended for adult audiences only.
ANIMATED SHORTS (Running Time: 95 min.)
An Ostrich Told Me the World is Fake and I Think I Believe It – Lachlan Pendragon, Australia, 12 min.
When a young telemarketer is confronted by a mysterious talking ostrich, he learns that the universe is stop motion animation. He must put aside his dwindling toaster sales and focus on convincing his colleagues of his terrifying discovery.
The Flying Sailor – Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, Canada, 8 min.
In 1917, two ships collided in the Halifax Harbour, causing the largest accidental explosion in history. Among the tragic stories of the disaster is the remarkable account of a sailor who, blown skyward from the docks, flew a distance of two kilometres before landing uphill, naked and unharmed. The Flying Sailor is a contemplation of his journey.
Ice Merchants – João Gonzalez and Bruno Caetano, Portugal/France/UK, 15 min.
Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachute from their vertiginous cold house, attached to a cliff, to go to the village on the ground, far away where they sell the ice they produce daily.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud, UK, 33 min.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a story of kindness, courage, and hope in traditional hand-drawn animation, following the unlikely friendship of the title characters as they journey in search of the boy’s home. Based on the book of the same name.
Note: A brief message will appear before My Year of Dicks. “The following Oscar-nominated short film is intended for adult audiences and is not suitable for children. There will be a short break at this time so that patrons, if they choose, can exit the auditorium.”
My Year of Dicks – Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Pamela Ribon, USA, 26 min.
An imaginative fifteen year-old is stubbornly determined to lose her virginity despite the pathetic pickings in the outskirts of Houston in the early 90’s. Created by Pamela Ribon from her critically-acclaimed memoir.