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The 2019 Oscar Nominated Live-Action & Animated Short Films
Cincinnati World Cinema at Memorial Hall

Program A = Animated Shorts
Program B = Live Action Shorts


~ SATURDAY MARCH 16 ~
Program A, 4:00     Program B, 7:00
~ SUNDAY MARCH 17 ~
Program B, 4:00     Program A, 7:00


Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St. Cincinnati 45202

CWC's popular annual event returns for the 18th year, bringing ten terrific Animated and Live-Action Academy Award nominees plus bonus animated shorts. COFFEE EMPORIUM will return again this year providing food, tea and coffee drinks in the Memorial Hall ballroom, between the programs on both days.



 

EVENT DETAILS
Dates,  times,  location,  directions,  parking,  seating choices and seat map,  ticket prices and how to purchase,  food and beverage options, and more.

TWO PROGRAMS: A (Animation) and B (Live Action), each day, each with nominees and the Oscar Winner.
Note: The short films in the Program B, Live Action, address issues of child endangerment, racial violence, and other controversial and difficult themes. They are not suitable for children. Although not rated, individually these films range between "PG13" and "R" – parental discretion is advised.

DATES:
Saturday, March 16 – Program A, 4:00; Program B, 7:00
Sunday, March 17 – Program B, 4:00; Program A, 7:00
LOCATION: Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St, Cincinnati 45202. 
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: 1000+ garage spaces within one block ‐ Washington Park Garage (across the street) and Town Center Garage (across Central Parkway behind Memorial Hall and Music Hall). Another 1325 spaces in the Mercer and Gateway Garages (3-4 blocks from Memorial Hall). In addition, there are surface lots and on-street parking for roughly 200 vehicles.
Directional Map + Parking & Garage Info
Seat Map
TICKETS:
Where NOT to sit... Click in the image to enlarge the seating chart
• General Admission:
  • Single tickets, orchestra and balcony, for individual programs are $11 in advance, $16 at the door.
  • Combo tickets, orchestra and balcony, for programs A & B are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
• Reserved Boxes:
Box seats span the back of the orchestra in Memorial Hall, not the far sides as in other venues.
  • Single tickets, orchestra boxes, for individual programs are $16 in advance, $21 at the door.
  • Combo tickets, orchestra boxes, for both programs A & B are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
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All tickets available online and at (859) 957-FILM.

SEATING COMFORT: Some patrons find the wooden seats to be a bit unforgiving. You may bring a cushion with you.
FOOD & BEVERAGE:
• COFFEE EMPORIUM will return again this year to provide food, tea and coffee drinks in the Memorial Hall ballroom, between the programs.   Oscar Docs Cinema Menu

Memorial Hall will operate concessions in the ballroom on both days, including hot popcorn, snacks, wine, beer and soft drinks.
QUESTIONS?   Please or call (859) 957 3456.
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  FILM ROSTER ~ PROGRAMS A & B
Program breakouts: show date/time, film title, director, year, country, run time, brief synopsis.

~ PROGRAM A, ANIMATED SHORTS ~
Sat, Mar 16 4:00 PM  &  Sun, Mar 17 7:00 PM
Estimated Total Run Time 80 minutes.
Program content, time and sequence subject to change, all nominees will be shown.


Bao   Oscar Nominee    
Dome Shi, 2018, USA, 8 min.

An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling grows quickly, and Mom must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever. This short film from Pixar Animation Studios explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada.

Late Afternoon   Oscar Nominee    
Louise Bagnall, 2017, Ireland, 10 min.

Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her vivid, but fragmented memories.

Animal Behavior   Oscar Nominee    
Alison Snowden and David Fine, 2018, Canada, 14 min.

In this funny short from the Oscar-winning team of Snowden and Fine, five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.

Weekends   Oscar Nominee    
Trevor Jimenez, 2017, USA, 15 min.

The story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal, dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken family in this hand-animated film set in 1980's Toronto.

One Small Step   Oscar Nominee    
Andrew Chesworth, 2018, China/USA, 8 min.

Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, she is driven to reach for the stars. In the big city, Luna lives with her loving father Chu, who supports her with a humble shoe repair business he runs out of his garage. As Luna grows up, she enters college, dealing with adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.

Wishing Box   Bonus Short    
Lizzie Zhang and Nan Li, 2018, USA, 6 min.

A pirate, a monkey and a treasure box walk into a bar ... and set the stage for an amazing animated short film in which a greedy pirate attempts to force his food-obsessed monkey to wish for gold to come out of the magical box.

Tweet Tweet   Bonus Short    
Zhanna Bekmambetova, 2018, Russia, 11 min.

Our life is like walking on a tightrope. Sometimes we are scared or lost and we lose balance. When we are happy and excited, we forget we walk on a rope. We can even fly! Main characters are girl Luba and her friend Sparrow. Silly Sparrow doesn't know fear. By playing with him Luba forgets she is on a rope.




~ PROGRAM B, LIVE-ACTION SHORTS ~
Sat, Mar 16 7:00 PM  &  Sun, Mar 17 4:00 PM
Estimated Total Run Time 108 minutes.
Program content, time and sequence subject to change, all nominees will be shown.
Note: The short films in this program address issues of child endangerment, racial violence, and other controversial and difficult themes. They are not suitable for children. Although not rated, individually these films range between "PG13" and "R" – parental discretion is advised.


Madre   Oscar Nominee    
Rodrigo Sorogoyen, 2018, Spain, 19 min.

Suspense: A single mother receives a call from her seven-year-old son, on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone, cannot find his father, and a stranger is approaching.

Fauve   Oscar Nominee
Jeremy Comte, 2018, Canada, 17 min.

Two boys, looking for adventure near an open pit mine, are drawn into a dangerous situation as they take turns in outdoing each other, until their game of one-upmanship spins out of control. The ambient sound and cross-fades of the industrial wasteland build tension and underscore futility.


Marguerite   Oscar Nominee
Marianne Farley, 2018, Canada, 19 min.

An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing, and helps her make peace with her past.


NOTE:   The last two shorts should be rated "R" for violence.
Detainment talks about a murder. There is no on-screen violence but the content is disturbing. See the NPR comments in the film description below.
Skin has scenes of racially-motivated on-screen violence that propel the plot. That said, there is much to think and talk about – see film description below.

Detainment   Oscar Nominee
Vincent Lambe, 2018, Ireland, 30 min.

Two ten-year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993 and continues to incite public outrage across the UK today.
NPR wrote:   "Compared to the media coverage, "Detainment" is restrained and ruminative, with incredible performances from Ely Solan and Leon Hughes as the killers. Rather than portraying remorseless monsters, Solan and Hughes coat their lines in very childlike mixes of denial, outward aggression, and uncontrollable sorrow. The result is all the more stomach-churning for its recognizable humanity."


Skin   Oscar Nominee
Guy Nattiv, 2018, USA/Israel, 20 min.

In a small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a ten-year-old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two factions into conflict that ends with ironic retribution.
In this stereotypical racial allegory, gun culture and Neo-Nazi hatred of "the other" is conveyed mostly from a young boy's perspective, pitting inculcated family values against nascent conscience.


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