This Year's Oscar-Nominated Shorts Will Screen at Guild Hall

Presented by HIFF this weekend and next
A racially-inspired gang war takes place in a blue-collar town in "Skin"

The Hamptons International Film Festival will present 10 programs of the 2019 Academy Award nominees for best short film this weekend and next at Guild Hall. Each of the three award categories — animated, live action, and documentary — consists of five films that are being presented by Shorts TV and Magnolia Pictures.

The animated shorts include “Animal Behaviour,” a film by Alison Snowden and David Fine about five animals who meet regularly to discuss their angst in group therapy with a canine psychotherapist; Domee Shi’s “Bao,” in which an aging Chinese mother gets another chance at parenthood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a dumpling boy, and Louise Bagnall’s “Late Afternoon,” the story of an elderly woman who lives between the past and present.

Rounding out the animated nominees are “One Small Step,” Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas’s film about a Chinese-American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut, and “Weekends,” a film by Trevor Jimenez in which a boy shuffles between the homes of his recently divorced parents.

Among the live-action shorts are “Detainment,” Vincent Lambe’s film based on a true story about two 10-year-old boys suspected of abducting and murdering a toddler in England; “Fauve,” directed by Jeremy Comte, in which two boys play in a surface mine, and “Marguerite,” a film by Mariana Farley about a friendship between an aging woman and her nurse.

The other live-action shorts are “Madre,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s film about a 7-year-old boy abandoned by his father in French Basque country, and “Skin,” Guy Nattiv’s story of a racially inspired gang war in a blue-collar town. 

The documentary nominees are “A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry’s film about a pro-Nazi rally that took place at Madison Square Garden in 1939; “Black Sheep,” a film by Ed Perkins about a black family’s relocation from London to an estate run by a violent, racist gang, and Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “End Game,” a documentary about medical practitioners working on the cutting edge of life and death.

“Lifeboat,” a film by Skye Fitzgerald, focuses on German volunteers who risk their lives to save refugees from Libya whose rafts are sinking in the Mediterranean, and Rayka Zehtabchi’s “Period. End of Sentence” tells the story of women in a rural village in India who rebel against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation.

The schedule of screenings can be found at hamptonsfilmfest.org and guildhall.org. Tickets for individual programs are $15, $10 for Guild Hall and HIFF members. Admission for double features is $25, $15 for members.