Short films are possibly the most ignored categories of Oscar nominees (except sound mixing, but does anyone even know exactly what that is?) and it’s a crying shame. Short films are where many of today’s most brilliant filmmakers got their start–including Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Tim Burton and Gus van Sant–and began exploring cinematic themes upon which they continue to expand today.
In typical Providence fashion, Cable Car Cinema (204 South Main St.) is showing both the animated and live action Oscar-nominated short films through Friday.
The films come from a host of countries, including Spain, England, Denmark, and Finland. They range from comedy (such as Finland’s “Pitääkö mun kaikki hoitaa?”, or, “Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?”about a woman desperately trying to leave her house for a wedding but fighting her husband and young daughters’ incessant antics) to heart-wrenching drama (like “Avant Que De Tout Perdre”, or, “Just Before Losing Everything”, a French film depicting a woman and her two daughters escaping their abusive husband and father). The animated shorts are equally varied in content, although not as heavy hearted as some of the live action films.
The live action shorts are showing tonight at 8:15 p.m. and tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. The animated shorts are playing today at 6:15 p.m., tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. and Friday at 2:00, 4:15, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Student tickets are $8.25 at the the theatre and $9.25 online. Plus, for all those freshman out there, Cable Car is only a four minute walk from Keeney.