2017 OS­CAR NOM­I­NATED SHORT FILMS

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Armed con­flicts, dis­placed civil­ians, and dis­trust be­tween na­tives and for­eign­ers pep­per many of this year’s Os­carnom­i­nated shorts. There’s also a charm­ing tale about a Swiss wo­man who yearns to con­nect with a train con­duc­tor (Jane Birkin in La femme et le TGV) and the an­i­mated ac­count of a sex-and-drink-crazed Cana­dian reck­on­ing with the long-term toll of his de­bauch­ery (Pear Brandy and Cig­a­rettes, which is not for chil­dren) — but in the doc­u­men­tary se­lec­tions, the Syr­ian refugee cri­sis casts a long shadow. In par­tic­u­lar, 4.1 Miles, about mem­bers of the Greek coast guard res­cu­ing mi­grants from a choppy stretch of the Mediter­ranean, is a gut-wrench­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and an ex­em­plar of doc­u­men­tary jour­nal­ism. Shown in four dif­fer­ent pro­grams (live-ac­tion, an­i­ma­tion, and two shows’ worth of docs). Pro­grams — live ac­tion: 3 chiles; an­i­mated: 2.5 chiles; doc­u­men­tary: 4 chiles. Not rated. Run­ning times vary. The Screen. (Jeff Acker)

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