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Oscar shorts abound in Film Society freebie

Charlotte Film Society will give current members a gift and prospective members a reason to join this weekend at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd. The CFS will screen the five live-action shorts nominated for Oscars at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, then the five Oscar-nominated animated shorts at 2 p.m. Sunday. Members get in free; you can buy a $10 membership on the spot and watch both for free. (To learn about membership benefits, go to charlottefilmsociety.com.)

Here are the line-ups:

Live action: “Death of a Shadow,” a French fable; “Asad,” the story of a wannabe Somali pirate; “Henry,” about an elderly pianist; “Buzhaski Boys,” centering on Afghan village boys who long to be stars of the local tribal sport; and the winning “Curfew,” a dramedy about a man asked to look after his 9-year-old niece.

Animated: “Fresh Guacamole,” a stop-action piece about transforming everyday objects into delicious-looking guacamole; “Head Over Heels,” about the way an elderly couple deals with the husband suddenly becoming lighter than air; “Maggie Simpson in ’The Longest Daycare,’ ” in which the TV tyke tries to save a caterpillar; “Adam and Dog,” a retelling of the story of Adam and Eve from the point of view of man’s best friend; and the winning “Paperman,” about an office clerk who meets the girl of his dreams and tries to win her with his paperwork.

Lawrence Toppman

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