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2006 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts 

Oscar trophies are one-size-fits-all -- even if the categories don't all get the same attention. Short films are rarely screened outside of film festivals but often serve as the early career calling cards for directors who will go on to make feature-length films. The New Orleans Film Society is hosting a screening of the five 2006 Oscar-nominated shorts. The winner, West Bank Story (pictured) is an absurd but funny musical satire imagining West Side Story as a romantic tale about illicit love between a young Israeli and a Palestinian woman caught in the rivalry between a falafel stand and a Kosher fast food restaurant. Other films include The Savior, Binta and the Great Idea, One Too Many and Helmer & Son. The international array of films come from Australia, Spain, Denmark and the United States and vary greatly in style and subject matter. Tickets $7 general admission, $5 film society/CAC members. -- Will Coviello

7:30 p.m. Wed., March 7

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; www.cacno.org

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