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A Collection of 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films

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AT NIGHT; Denmark, Oscar Nominees: Christian E. Christiansen & Louise Vesth. Drama, 40 minutes, Danish w/ English subtitles Three young women share their problems while spending the holidays in a hospital cancer ward. IL SUPPLENTE (THE SUBSTITUTE); Italy, Oscar Nominee: Andrea Jublin. Comedy, 17 minutes, Italian w/ English subtitles The arrival of an unusual newcomer galvanizes the students in a high school classroom. LE MOZART DES PICKPOCKETS (THE MOZART OF PICKPOCKETS); France, Oscar Nominee: Philippe Pollet-Villard Comedy, 31 minutes, French w/ English subtitles A pair of unlucky thieves find their fortunes have changed when they take in a deaf homeless boy. TANGHI ARGENTINI; Belgium, Oscar Nominees: Guido Thys and Anja Daelemans Comedy, 13 minutes, French w/ English subtitles A man who must learn to dance the tango in two weeks asks an office colleague for help. THE TONTO WOMAN; United Kingdom, Oscar Nominees: Daniel Barber and Matthew Brown Drama, 36 minutes, English A cattle rustler meets a woman who is living in isolation after being held prisoner for eleven years by the Mojave Indians. The nominated Animated Shorts: I MET THE WALRUS; Canada, Oscar Nominee: Josh Raskin 5 minutes, English, 2D Animation, Documentary In 1969, fourteen-year-old Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room with his tape recorder and persuaded him to do an interview. MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI; Canada, Oscar Nominees: Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski 17 minutes, Silent, Claymation/CGI, Drama A timid woman boards a mysterious night train and has a series of frightening experiences. MEME LES PIGEONS VONT AU PARADIS (EVEN PIGEONS GO TO HEAVEN); France, Oscar Nominees: Samuel Tourneux and Simon Vanesse 9 minutes, French w/ English subtitles, CGI A priest tries to sell an old man a machine that he promises will transport him to heaven. MY LOVE (MOYA LYUBOV); Russia, Oscar Nominee: Alexander Petrov 27 minutes, Russian with English subtitles, Drama In nineteenth-century Russia, a teenage boy in search of love is drawn to two very different women. PETER & THE WOLF; United Kingdom & Poland, Oscar Nominees: Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman 27 minutes, Silent, Drama A young boy and his animal friends face a hungry wolf in Prokofiev's classic musical piece.

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  • Actors: Charlotte Asprey, Francesco Quinn, Richard Brake, Sam Douglas, Lex Shrapnel
  • Directors: Andrea Jublin, Christian E. Christiansen, Daniel Barber, Guy Thys, Philippe Pollet-Villard
  • Writers: Christian E. Christiansen, Elmore Leonard
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014D5R9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,006 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Collection of 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2007) on DVD is the only chance to see the majority of Oscar nominated short live-action and animated films for the 80th Academy Awards Short Film category, including the animated winner, "Peter and the Wolf," and the live-action winner, "The Mozart of Pickpockets."

"Peter and the Wolf", U.K. slow motion animation directed by Suzie Templeton, is set in contemporary rural Russia and is much darker that several previous adaptations of Sergei Prokofiev's suite for children.

French "The Mozart of Pickpockets" is an amusing, well acted Comedy/Crime from the lives of two out of luck Con Artists in Paris. One day they found themselves taking care of the immigrant deaf-mute boy who turned to be a better pickpocket than two professionals.

The other entries in the collection are:

Short live action:

"At Night," (Denmark) - one Holiday week in the lives of three young girls (18-20 years) that spend it in the cancer ward.

"The Substitute," (Italy) - One day, a very unusual teacher walks in the class room of a regular high school in the big city.

"Tanghi Argentini" - my favorite in this category. This s a charming and funny little Christmas film set on the passionate sound of Tango with a twist in the end that sure will make you smile with delight.

"The Tonto Woman" - the only English language film in the category, it is an adaptation of Elmar Leonard story about a strong, proud, and beautiful woman who was kidnapped by Indians, and when found after 11 years by her husband, she was rejected by him and had to live all alone in the cabin in the desert until one day a Mexican-American cattle rustler comes across her cabin and into her life...
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This collection of the best of short films of 2007 includes the following:

LIVE ACTION

1. AT NIGHT - A Zentropa Entertainments 10 Production: Christian E. Christiansen and Louise Vesth [40 min.]
2. IL SUPPLENTE (The Substitute) - (Sky Cinema Italia) A Frame by Frame Italia Production: Andrea Jublin [16 min.]
3. LE MOZART DES PICKPOCKETS (The Mozart of Pickpockets) (OSCAR WINNER) - (Premium Films) A Kar Production: Philippe Pollet-Villard [30 min.]
4. TANGHI ARGENTINI - An Another Dimension of an Idea Production: Guido Thys and Anja Daelemans [14 min.]
5. THE TONTO WOMAN - A Knucklehead, Little Mo and Rose Hackney Barber Production: Daniel Barber and Matthew Brown [36 min.]

ANIMATED

1. MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI- (National Film Board of Canada) A National Film Board of Canada Production Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski [17 min.]
2. MEME LES PIGEONS VONT AU PARADIS (Even Pigeons go to Heaven) - (Premium Films) A BUF Compagnie Production Samuel Tourneux and Simon Vanesse [9 min.]
3. PETER AND THE WOLF (OSCAR WINNER) - (BreakThru Films) A BreakThru Films/Se-ma-for Studios Production Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman [33 min.]

In the animated category, the films I MET THE WALRUS and MY LOVE (Moya Lyubov), both of which were nominated, are not represented in this collection.
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Interesting collection of shorts. As with any collection, some appealed to me more than others. I understand that building suspense is desirable, but one film in particular left me confused, not satisfied, at the end. Nice balance between "humor" and "serious", both live action and cartoons. I got insight into films that almost made it, but didn't.
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2007's nominated short films in both live action and animation deliver a high-quality program of emotional range from the somber to the light-hearted. There is not a weak piece in the lot.

Unfortunately, the captivating Russian animated short "My Love" is not included in this collection, though it is available for download/purchase on its own.
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This is a good collection of academy award Nominated short films from 2007. If you have not gotten into short films I highly recommended it. Usually short films are fun,interesting and too the point. There is no bland filler that full length movies tend to suffer from.
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When the Academy Awards for short films are given out, they draw little attention-- after all, who's seen them? Well, here's your chance to see most of the nominees from 2007. Almost all are at least interesting; some are much more than that. But this collection makes you wonder about some of the people who actually vote on the awards-- though anyone who hasn't done that at some point hasn't been paying attention. Of the live-action shorts, "At Night" is emotionally shattering for much of its length, but is marred somewhat by a too-pat ending. "The Mozart of Pickpockets", which won the award, is quite funny in places, but is nowhere near as original or imaginative as "Il Supplente", which probably should have won. "The Tonto Woman", based on an Elmore Leonard story, is the story of a woman exiled by her husband after she was kidnapped by an Indian tribe and had her face tattooed, and a cattle rustler who forces those who cast her out to confront her face-to-face. "Tanghi Argentini" is mildly amusing, but really doesn't belong in this company. Of the animated shorts, the major disappointment is finding that the maudlin "Peter and the Wolf" won the award-- particularly since one of its characters may be the worst-animated cat ever to appear on film. "Even Pigeons Go to Heaven" is black humor with a twist(ed) ending. The real revelation in this collection is "Madame Tutli-Putli". The story may leave you puzzled, but the level of visual imagination on display in it is astounding-- it towers over everything else in this collection. That it didn't win the award makes you wonder where the Academy members who voted on these mislaid their eyes.
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