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Online Screenings: 2022 Oscars – French Shortlisted Shorts


Image des huit courts métrages shortlistés

January 25-26, 2022

UniFrance and Villa Albertine are proud to organize the online screenings of the 8 French short films shortlisted for the 94th Oscars on January 25 and 26!

Come discover the work of these talented French filmmakers and listen to a discussion about their films and their journey to this special recognition! Both screenings are free and will be hosted by La Vingt-Cinquième Heure.


On Tuesday, January 25 at 12pm (PT), the screening of the five animated shorts shortlisted for the 2022 Oscars will be followed by a pre-recorded discussion between the films’ teams, moderated by Peter Debruge, Chief Film Critic for Variety.

If you missed the screening, feel free to watch is the pre-recorded discussion below:

On Wednesday, January 26 at 12pm (PT), the screening of the three live-action short films on the 2022 Oscars shortlist will be followed by a pre-recorded discussion between the films’ directors, moderated by Jasmine Jaisinghani, co-founder of Global Cinematheque.

If you missed the screening, feel free to watch is the pre-recorded discussion below:

Learn more about the shortlisted films:


Animated Shorts (January 25 screening)


Flowing Home

Directed by Sandra Desmazières

Produced by Les Films de l’Arlequin

2021 | 15 min

Like a River tells the crossed destinies of two sisters, Thao and Sao Maï, two teenage girls who live in Saigon and will be separated by the Vietnam War: for one, a life outside her country, and for the other, war and communism.


Mum is Pouring Rain

Directed by Hugo de Faucompret

Produced by Laïdak Films

2021 | 29 min

Jane is looking forward to spending Christmas with her mom who is going through a depression, but she is unknowingly sent to her grandmother’s instead. The holidays turn out to be quite an adventure as Jane meets new friends, learns to open herself to others, and eventually inspires her mother to find the strength to get back on her feet.


Navozande, the Musician

Directed by Réza Riàhi

Produced by Estrella Productions

2020 | 15 min

At the time of the attack of the Mongols, a young musician and the love of his life are separated from each other; fifty years later, the musician is summoned to perform at the castle of the Mongols where his beloved is being held. 


Souvenir Souvenir

Directed by Bastien Dubois

Produced by BLAST production

2020 | 16 min

From the filmmaker: “For ten years, I pretended I wanted to get my grandfather to share his memories of the Algerian War. Today, I’m not sure I want to hear what he has to say, or whether I want to make this film at all.”


Step Into the River

Directed by Weijia Ma

Produced by Les Valseurs

2020 | 15 min

Lu and Wei are two young girls living in a village nestled on the banks of a river with which they both have a special relationship, as the one-child policy in China has led some families to drown baby girls in it.



Live Action Shorts (January 26 screening)


Censor of Dreams

Directed by Léo Berne & Raphaël Rodriguez

Produced by Iconoclast Films

2021 | 17 min

Every night, The Censor and his team are moderating Yoko’s dreams, doing their best to mask painful thoughts arising from her subconscious, but tonight, nothing happens as planned.


The Criminals

Directed by Serhat Karaaslan

Produced by Tiresias Films

2020 | 23 min

In a small town in Turkey, a young couple tries to find some privacy, but are rejected from every hotel because they don’t have a marriage certificate. Just when they think they have found a way to get around this hitch, the situation breaks down.


You’re Dead Helen

Directed by Michiel Blanchart  

Produced by Formosa Productions

2020 | 25 min

Maxime, a young man in search of stability, is literally haunted by the ghost of his girlfriend Hélène, who has recently died. Wishing to put an end to this unhealthy situation, Maxime finally decides to break up with her, but she doesn’t seem ready to accept it. 

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