The American Cinematheque presents all of the 2013 Oscar-nominated live-action shorts.
"Helium" (Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson, Denmark/Danish, 23 min.) A dying boy finds comfort in the tales of a magical land called HELIUM, told to him by the hospital janitor.
"The Voorman Problem" (Mark Gill and Baldwin Li, UK/English, 13 min.) A psychiatrist is called to a prison to examine an inmate named Voorman, who is convinced he is a god. Starring Martin Freeman.
"Avant Que De Tout Perdre / Just Before Losing Everything" (Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras, France/French, 30 min.) Miriam has left her abusive husband and taken refuge with her children in the local supermarket where she works.
"Aquel No Era Yo / That Wasn’t Me" (Esteban Crespo, Spain/Spanish, 24 min.) Paula, a Spanish aid worker, has an encounter with an African child soldier named Kaney.
"Do I Have to Take Care of Everything" (Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari, Finland/Finnish, 7 min.) Sini tries frantically to get her family ready to leave for a wedding, but her husband and two children are interfering with her efforts.