No speeches. Just Stories OFF presents: Oscar-nominated short films at Cafe Bio!
The Oscars are all about excellence. Artistic and technical merit in motion pictures is recognized in this annual ceremony, overlapping glam and sparkles and shaky speeches of gratitude. In recent years, the Oscars (and other such ceremonies) have also become a platform for activist causes of all kinds, particularly gender equality, the defence of democratic values, and awareness of climate change.
Last year’s Golden Globes host, British comedian Ricky Gervais, called out the rich and famous on their embracing of activism: “If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world.” Most winners did, anyway. And they probably will again, at the Oscars. But in between the ups and downs of privilege and humility, the ceremony will address what it's actually meant to – the films. Stories that bridge the world and fill the gaps, nurture understanding and open temporary windows in other people’s lives.
Short films are a wild breed of the cinematic genre. They can be intense, thrilling, and impactful. There’s little you haven’t already heard about shorts in this town – every summer, the Odense International Film Festival pours tens of handfuls of shorts in our laps, much to our gratitude! Shorts are also a category in the Oscars – this year the live action category has five nominees, all guaranteed to tell unforgettable stories with the distinctive craftsmanship of their creators.
Of course, OFF steps up to the plate and delivers the nominees and the winner on Tuesday, at Cafe Biografen.
More about the films here: https://loftcinema.org/film/2020-oscar-live-action-shorts/Link to the event
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