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See the Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Short Films Days Before the Academy Awards

13 February 2017   Helen Stephenson

Pre-Oscar screenings of Best Shorts takes place at Yavapai College.

The Yavapai College Film and Media Arts Program continues its pre-Oscar screenings of Best Short Subject contenders, with a showing of this year’s live-action nominees Friday night, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

The films feature a broad range of themes and storytelling styles: from a children’s choir run amok to an unexpected romance, the human between two security guards and a family of immigrants. Friday night’s line-up includes:

Sing (dir. Kristof Deak) Hungary, 25 minutes

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

Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter and falls in love with Kwame, an illegal immigrant who says nothing about his family. When Kwame moves in, they are happy for a while … until Kwame’s mobile phone reveals the truth about his life in Ghana.

Timecode (dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena) Spain, 15 minutes

The adventures of Luna and Diego, who are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works the lot by day.

Ennemis Interieurs (dir. Selim Aazzazi) France, 28 minutes

An interview at a local police station turns into an inquisition when an-Algerian born Frenchman is accused of protecting terrorists. This close-up on France's troubled history with its former colonies has one man controlling the fate of another with the stroke of a pen.

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

Elise Lafontaine has a secret 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. The story, inspired by true events, stars César Award nominee Jane Birkin.

The Live Action Shorts will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., in Prescott. Tickets $10 general admission and $5 for students from any school. Tickets can be purchased at