Cedar Lee showing the short films up for an Oscar

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For those who want to bone up on all the Oscar categories, the Cedar Lee is showing this week the five films nominated for best shorts. A quick scorecard: Tanghi Argentini is the story of a man in love with a woman he met online who loves to tango. The man tells her he loves to dance as well, and it’s love at first sight. One problem: The man’s lying. He can’t dance at all. What follows is a hilarious short that has something most of the other films don’t: a complete story arc with a beginning, middle, and end… At Night follows the last few days of three 20ish women with terminal cancer. The only way this movie could get any more depressing is if the girls were 12 instead of 22. Expect to cry. A lot. Il Supplente (The Substitute)’ is the weird, weird story of one middle school class and a substitute teacher. The audience missed many of the funny lines, however, because their eyes were still swollen shut from all the tears shed during the previous film. The Tonto Woman is the only nominated film in English. The movie, based on a book by Elmore Leonard, is what critics call a “character sketch” about a tattooed woman and her lover. Les Mozart Des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets) is the story of a group of professional pickpockets in France and their relationships with one another. – Rebecca Meiser

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