“OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: ANIMATION”
Rated R. At Coolidge Corner Theater and Landmark Kendall Square.
Featuring nudity, sexuality, and even more shocking content, this year’s Oscar-nominated animated shorts are definitely not for kids. But they will enchant and mesmerize everyone.
The first standing “Art Affairs” by English filmmaker and animator Joanna Quinn. Quinn also once again provides the voice of the character Beverly from her 1987 short “Girls Night Out”. for his recreation of Marcel Duchamp’s “Nu Descending a Staircase”. Beryl (voiced by Menna Trussler) wants to tell us all about her eccentric and artistic family. Beryl’s sister Beverly, who craved everything Vladimir Lenin, met and married an American GI and moved to California, where she turned her penchant for taxidermy into a career stuffing dead animals for celebrities the way Roy Rogers’ horse Trigger.
In the mysterious and disturbing stop-motion animation effort “Bestia” by Chilean director Hugo Covarrubias, protagonist Ingrid works for the DINA secret police under the Pinochet regime in 1975, when her daily routine is a seemingly ordinary round of breakfast with her German Shepherd dog, a trip to a house in the town, where she goes into the basement and finds a woman being held under duress of some sort. Ingrid has a face and arms made of a pottery-like substance and when we first meet her she’s on a plane and there’s a hole in the side of her head. Beautifully animated, “Bestia” casts a powerful, evil, dreamlike spell, and it only becomes more powerful when we learn that Ingrid is based on a real Chilean woman and notorious torturer DINA.
In stop-motion animation by Daniel Ojari and Michael Please, absolutely delicious “Robin-Robin,” a robin named Robin (Bronte Carmichael) is adopted by a family of kind and loving mice. Robin tries her best to be a mouse, but fails in countless amusing ways before and after meeting a magpie (Richard E. Grant), whose life purpose is to steal the shining “wishing star” from a tree. of Christmas in a ‘Who- Man’s house. The enemy of the flying birds is a fat cat (Gillian Anderson) eager to put her teeth and claws into it. Grant and Anderson are as wonderful as one could s But the singing, singing Carmichael as Robin is the real scene-stealer. “I’m a terrible mouse,” she laments. You won’t be surprised to learn that “Robin Robin” , which can be found on Netflix, is an Aardman Animations production.
Chez Alberto Mielgo “The wiper,” a man smokes in a café and ponders the eternal question: what is love? The film offers several vignettes covering the world as an explanation. We see an anonymous couple on a beach. A couple with phones shopping in a market, which turns out not to be a couple. A tramp looking and talking to a mannequin in the window of a fancy store and a girl standing on the edge of a roof. Mielgo, whose credits include “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” creates stunningly unique worlds using 3D animation and extremely realistic, digitally painted backgrounds.
Set against the backdrop of the 1991 coup attempt in the Soviet Union, beautifully graphic and musical Russian short film “Boxballet,” directed by Anton Dyakov, tells the story of the unlikely romance between “Requiem for a Heavyweight” type boxer Evgeny and refined ballet dancer Olya. Shot in conventional 2D, the film is full of cartoonish faces that Fellini would have liked, save for Olya and his fellow dancers, who look alike.
The favorites in this category are “Bestia” and “Robin Robin”, and I think the latter’s unique charm will make it the winner.
(“Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animation” contain nudity, bestiality and violence)