Where: The Belcourt
When: Friday, Feb. 21-Thursday, Feb. 27
Want to get a leg up on your Oscar Pool competitors? Any seasoned pool participant can tell you that the key to total victory lies in the black box of short film categories — a section of the ballot that is inevitably decided on a determination of which titles sound the most Oscar-y. Yeah, we all saw Gravity, but who the hell can decide between “The Voorman Problem” and “Avant Que De Tout Perdre?” No one — unless you take up The Belcourt on their annual screening of each shorts program before Hollywood’s biggest night.
In three separate screenings, the historic theater will show every short film nominated for this year’s Academy Awards — from Disney’s first Mickey Mouse short in nearly two decades (and the favorite in the animation category) to “Prison Terminal,” a documentary that follows the final days of a terminally ill prisoner held in maximum security. Block out your whole day to catch them all and take your office pool by storm.
Read synopses of individual films after the jump.
• Get a Horse!: (Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim, English, 6 min.) Mickey Mouse and his friends are enjoying a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day.
• Mr. Hublot: (Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares, Non-dialogue, 12 min.) The eccentric, isolated Mr. Hublot finds his carefully ordered world disrupted by the arrival of Robot Pet.
• Feral: (Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden, Non-dialogue, 12 min.) A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization.
• Possessions: (Shuhei Morita, 14 min.) A man seeking shelter from a storm in a dilapidated shrine encounters a series of household objects inhabited by goblin spirits.
• Room on the Broom: (Max Land and Jan Lachauer, in English, 26 min.) A genial witch and her cat are joined on their broom by several friends as they set off on an adventure.