How long does it take to watch a good move? As little as seven minutes, if you pick the right movie.
Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa will screen A collection of 10 of the best short films starting Friday, Feb. 10, all nominated for 2012 Academy Awards, and ranging in length from seven to 31 minutes.
There are two different programs, each featuring five films, running daily. Information: 539-6773, summerfieldcinemas.com.
The animated films are:
— “Sunday/Dimanche,” 10 minutes, English, Patrick Doyon. This animated fable for the whole family shows us how important it is to see life through a child’s eyes, even on a grey Sunday afternoon.
— “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” 15 minutes, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg. A celebration of the power of story telling, without dialog.
— “La Luna,” seven minutes, English, Enrico Casaroasa. A timeless fable of a young boy coming of age.
— “A Morning Stroll,” seven minutes, Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe. Based loosely on a real-life event recounted in Paul Auster’s book “True Tales of American Life.” A New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll. No dialogue.
— “Wild Life,” 13 minutes, English, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby. In 1909, a dapper young man is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching, but he’s distracted by badminton, bird watching and liquor.
The live-action films are:
— “Pentecost,” 11 minutes, English, Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane. When Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish, he must choose between religion and football.
— “Raju,” 24 minutes, English/German, Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren. A look at the moral dilemma faced by couples wishing to adopt children.
— “The Shore,” 31 minutes, English/Gaelic, Terry George and Oorlagh George. After 25 years in exile, Jim Mahon (Ciaran Hinds) returns to Ireland to show his American daughter Patty (Kerry Condon) his Belfast roots.
— “Time Freak,” 11 minutes, English, Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey. A neurotic inventor creates a time machine.
— “Tuba Atlantic,” 25 minutes, Norwegian. Hallvar Witzø. Oskar, 70, is going to die in six days. He is ready to forgive his brother for a disagreement years ago. Will he reach his brother, whom he believes live on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, before it’s too late?