The 2022 Oscar Shorts--Live Action

Reading Town Square

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

THE 2022 OSCAR SHORTS-LIVE ACTION

The Cinema Society presents the five Oscar® nominated films in the Live Action Short Category. PLEASE NOTE: The program is rated """"R""""; films contain violence, sexual and drug content, and strong language.

On My Mind -Denmark / 18 min.

Henrik wants to sing a song for his wife. It has to be today, it has to be now. It's a question of life, death and karaoke.

Please Hold -USA, / 19 min.

In the not-so-distant future, MATEO (20s, Latino) is arrested by a police drone without explanation. Finding himself locked in a fully automated jail with no means of recourse, Mateo realizes he's fallen through some kind of crack in the system. To get out alive he'll have to go head-to-head with the labyrinthine, computerized bureaucracy of the privatized American justice system, in search of an actual human being who can set things right.

The Dress -Poland / 30 min.

Lust, sexuality and physicality. These are the deepest desires virgin Julia suppresses while working at a wayside motel. That is until she crosses paths with a handsome truck driver, who soon becomes the object of her fantasies...

The Long Goodbye -UK/Netherlands / 12 min.

Riz and his family are in the middle of preparing a wedding celebration when the events unfolding in the outside world arrive suddenly on their doorstep. The result is a devastating and visceral feat of filmmaking, and a poignant poetic cry from the heart.

Ala Kachuu - Take and Run - Switzerland / 38 minutes

Sezim, 19 years old, wants to fulfill her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland. There, she's forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim desperately seeks a way out.

Running Time: 2 Hours, 18 Minutes. Rated R for strong violence, drug and sexual content and strong language. Order subject to change.

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