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Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture,  Supporting Actor (Dev Patel), and Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman)

Directed by Garth Davis

Starring: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman

Drama        PG-13             120 minutes

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.



Oscar shorts: Animation

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ANIMATED SHORTS (Running Time: 86 minutes) 

Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes

A weathered sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.

Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes

Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, PEARL follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. 

Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes

PIPER tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.

Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes

Vaysha was born with one green eye and one brown eye. But her odd eyes aren’t the only thing that’s special about her gaze. Her left eye sees only the past. Her right, only the future. Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from living in the present, trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities. 

Additional films, not nominated: The Head Vanishes (9 minutes), Asteria (5 minutes), Once Upon a Line (7 minutes)

Pear Cider and Cigarettes – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes

Drink and smoke…that’s what Techno Stypes really liked to do. And fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. Yeah, he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.

Important note: PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, one of the five nominees, will be the last film in the program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children. We’ll have a warning card come up prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like.

Oscar Shorts: Live Action

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LIVE ACTION SHORTS (Running Time: 130 minutes) 

Sing – dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes

Synopsis: Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school – singing in the school’s famous choir is her only consolation, but the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is. It will take Zsofi and her new friend Liza to uncover the cruel truth. 

Silent Nights – dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes

Synopsis: Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter and falls in love with illegal immigrant Kwame. Kwame finds comfort in Inger’s arms, but says nothing about his family and children in Ghana. When his daughter becomes ill, he is forced to steal money from the shelter to pay the hospital bill. Inger believes his lie, and when Kwame moves in, they are happy for a while… until the day Kwame’s phone reveals everything. 

Timecode – dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes

Synopsis: Luna and Diego are parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.

Ennemis Interieurs – dir. Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes

Synopsis: An interview at a local police station turns into an inquisition when a French-Algerian man sees himself accused of protecting identities of possible terrorists. This close-up on France’s troubled history with its former colonies has one man controlling the fate of another during a turbulent period in the 1990s. 

La Femme et la TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes

Synopsis: Elise has a routine. Every morning and evening, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One day, she finds a letter from the conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down. She engages in a promising correspondence through poetic and thoughtful letters – until the day the train line gets cancelled. The story is inspired by true events.


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Directed by Pablo Larraín

Starring: Natalie PortmanPeter SarsgaardGreta Gerwig

Drama | History        R        100 minutes

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.

20th Century Women


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Directed by Mike Mills

Starring: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig

Drama | Comedy        R        119 minutes

In 1979 Santa Barbara, CA, a determined single mother, in her mid-50s, is raising her adolescent son at a time brimming with cultural change and rebellion. She enlists the help of two younger women; a free-spirited punk artist and a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor.