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As this year’s edition of the Academy Awards draws closer (Feb. 26), the Brillia Short Shorts Theater will showcase a new program consisting of four short films that have been either crowned or nominated with an Oscar.

The boutique theater run by well-known actor Tetsuya Bessho has put together an hourlong program featuring works from Australia, Ireland and Germany. One of the pieces, which won the short film (animated) category of the Oscars in 2010, is a 15-minute gem titled “The Lost Thing.” Directed by Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann, it’s a film about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature while out at the beach. Having guessed that it is lost, he tries to find out who it belongs to, but is met with mute indifference from everyone he approaches.

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