Magazine article Variety

Poignant Stories in Condensed Cues

Magazine article Variety

Poignant Stories in Condensed Cues

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Their films are brief, but the stories they tell are mighty. Here, the quartet of filmmakers whose live shorts received Oscar nominations share the turning-point scenes that helped deliver their message to audiences. The live action short Oscar last year went to "Helium" by Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson.

- Randee Dawn

HOCH» A 1.00 AND UKAHAM" (1)

Mu hael Lennar imil Honan Hkiney

In Belfast In the 1970s, two brothers are given pet chickens by their loving if often absent father, but when a baby Is on the way they may have to make a big sacrifice.

"The central moment of the film comes when the father must decide whether to kill the boys' chickens or not," says Lennox. "It's a choice between trying to hold onto his children's innocence for as long as he can or giving into the reality of the violent world outside the back yard: a choice between pragmatism or love. He chooses love."

"THF PHONF CALL" (2)

Mal Klrltbu anil lames Lewis

A woman at a crisis call center receives a call from a man who, as he prepares to die, gives her a new perspective on living.

"Pretty much all of it was one take, end to end," says Kirkby. "There's a moment where the audience realizes this is a race for Sally (Hawkins' character) to save Jim (Broadbent's character), and a beat later she realizes his argument - that he's lived a life and loved a lady and it isn't worth staying - may be right, and he deserves to be listened to."

"AYA" (3)

Oded Rinnun and Mihal Rrezis

When a stranger mistakes a woman at an airport for his assigned driver, she's in no rush to clear up the mistaken identity. …

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