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Oscar cheat-sheet alert: live shorts at the Brooks.

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After showing this year's Oscar-nominated animated short films last week, the Brooks Museum of Art is following up this week with a program of this year's nominated live short films. You can be one of the only people at your Oscar party with an informed opinion on this category. The contenders:

Pentecost (Ireland, 11 minutes): The comedic story of a soccer-loving young boy asked to serve as an altar boy at an important mass at his local parish church, creating tension between two types of devotion. The directorial debut of Irish actor Peter McDonald (The Damn United, I Went Down).

Raju (Germany/India, 24 minutes): A suspenseful film about a German couple who adopt a 4-year-old from Calcutta. When the boy disappears, discomforting secrets about the process are revealed.

The Shore (Northern Ireland, 30 minutes): A story of two childhood best friends who have been divided by sectarian violence for 25 years. They come back together as adults, their personal reconciliation a metaphor for national reconciliation. Stars Ciarin Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Debt) and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones). Directed by film vet Terry George, who wrote the 1992 Best Picture nominee In the Name of the Father and wrote and directed the 2004 nominee Hotel Rwanda.

Time Freak (USA, 11 minutes): Comedy about a neurotic young inventor who creates a time machine and keeps revisiting and messing with the events of the previous day.

Tuba Atlantic (Norway, 25 minutes): A fantastical black comedy about a 70-year-old man who is told he has six days to live and starts to set his affairs in order with the help of an "angel of death," including attempting to communicate with an estranged brother in New Jersey via the titular instrument.

Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Saturday, February 18th, 2 p.m.
$8, or $6 for members

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