If, like me, you complain about the length of modern films (come on, Wolf of Wall Street, you’d be twice as intense at half the length), the Oscar-nominated Film Shorts 2014, in select theatres today, is a boon of artistry, diversity and—let’s hear it!—brevity.
This year’s selection of Animated Shorts and Live Action Shorts (the Documentary Shorts are to be released on Feb. 14) come from Japan, Finland, Yemen and more, including the United States. Below is a sample of the programs, in alphabetical order, and, for those who tend to look at their watches, the full running time for each program. (The programs will be in Los Angeles at The Nuart in West L.A. and in Orange County at the Regency South Coast Village 3.)
ANIMATED SHORT FILM NOMINEES
(Estimated Running Time 108:00)
This U.S. selection is the most consciously artsy of the five nominees. Directed by Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden, it’s a monochromatic story (with washes of color) about a wild child found in the woods and returned to civilization by a benevolent hunter. It’s a wordless vision, hyperconscious of the use of white space and contrast, and may appeal to the more experimental branch of the voting Academy. It reads like a short version of Francois Truffaut’s The Wild Child, and if you know the reference, this might just be your favorite.