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Oscar Nominated Short Films 2015: Live Action: Proof That Somehow a Movie Without Superheroes Can Be Good 

Wednesday, Jan 28 2015
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The Oscar nominations often seem less like an opportunity to celebrate the films up for the awards, and more a reason to gripe about who got snubbed. (Deal with it, LEGO Movie fans.) Forever flying far enough under the radar to avoid controversy are the short films, a genre which, in spite of the existence of the ShortsHD channel deep in the nether regions of your satellite or cable package, tends to be unheard of until a given film is nominated for the little gold statue. This is especially true of the live-action short films, and it's a shame, because there always are a few works that deserve special attention. One of the highlights — and the longest at 39 minutes — is Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis's Aya. Given a proper theatrical release in Israel, where it deservedly won the Israeli Academy Award for Best Short, the picture follows a woman named Aya (Sarah Adler) who, mistaken for a driver of one Mr. Overby (Ulrich Thomsen) at an airport, decides to roll with it and see what happens. Also worth your time is Talkhon Hamzavi's Parvaneh, about a young Afghan migrant (Nissa Kashani) in Switzerland who finds herself overwhelmed by the city, at least until a punk rock girl (Cheryl Graf) shows her the way.

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