Oscar-nominated Shorts in Austin

We know it hurts your ego a little bit when the Oscars are given out for Best Live Action and Best Animated Short. You try to keep up with news, you read Rejects, you forget to bathe and feed yourself most days looking for bootlegs of Toys Are Not For Children. Then, all of the sudden this whole new breed of film is awarded without even notifying you or giving you a chance to check them out for yourself.

If you live in Austin, have no fear! Your Friendly Neighborhood Alama Drafthouse (the one on Lamar) will be displaying the 2008 Oscar-nominated shorts this weekend for your critical eye. Austinist pointed us to the event that starts tomorrow and runs through next Thursday.

According to the Drafthouse website
, the two programs will each be 90-minutes long and feature short films that are completely family friendly. Check out the list, and click on the name for its IMDB page:

Auf Der Strecke (On the Line) – dir. Reto Caffi
New Boy – dir. Steph Green
Toyland – dir. Jochen Freydank
The Pig – dirs. Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
Manon on the Asphalt – dirs. Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont

Lavatory Love Story – dir. Konstantin Bronzit
Oktapodi – dir. Julien Bocabeille
Le Maison en Petits Cubes – dir. Kunio Kato
This Way Up – dirs. Adam Foulkes and Alan Smith
Presto – dir. Doug Sweetland

A lie about Jewish children being sent to Toyland during The Holocaust, the calming presence of a picture of a pig, the simplicity of love, hearse-flattening boulders, magic rabbits, and the adventure of a few tiny octopuses. The field this year is bursting with creativity and beauty. If you’re a huge short fan or if you want to get a view of the best of the best as a primer, definitely check out these shows. You can purchase your tickets here.

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