Short films screen in SF 

Now’s your chance to see short films nominated for Academy Awards, with this week’s theatrical release of two separate programs: live action and animated. The films are screening at the Lumiere and the Opera Plaza theaters in San Francisco.

Here’s the live action lineup:

• “The Door,” from Ireland, is about a father attempting to come to terms with the devastating affects of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

• “Instead of Abracadabra,” from Sweden, is about a grown-up man and aspiring magician — still living with his parents — who surprises his dad with a bizarre show on his father’s 60th birthday.

• “Kavi,” from the U.S. and India, is about a boy in India who is forced to work in a brick kiln as a modern-day slave — but considers a fight for a different life, even if he’s unsure of the outcome.

• “Miracle Fish,” from Australia, is about an 8-year-old boy who, after wishing everyone in the world would go away, wakes up to find his dream may have become a reality.

• “The New Tenants,” from Denmark and the U.S., tells what happens when a prying neighbor, a drug dealer, and a man brandishing a weapon and a vendetta make up a welcome wagon on a crazy
moving day. 

Animated shorts include:

• “French Roast,” from France, which follows an uptight businessman who loses his wallet in a fancy cafe.

• “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty,” from Ireland, describes how a seemingly sweet old lady loses the plot as she tells her version of “Sleeping Beauty” to her terrified granddaughter.

• “The Lady and the Reaper” (“La Dama y la Muerte”), from Spain, is about an old lady living alone on her farm, waiting for death so that she can see her beloved husband again.

• “Logorama,” from Argentina, involves spectacular car chases, an intense hostage crisis and wild animals rampaging through the city.

• “A Matter of Loaf and Death,” from the United Kingdom, features Wallace & Gromit, who have started a new bread-baking business, where a murder mystery ensues.



2010 Academy Award-Nominated Short Films

Live Action and Animated

Not rated

Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes each program

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