37th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 12-28, 2018April 16
A resourceful adolescent raised by an immature single mother decides to track down her biological father. A sensitive look at difficult issues including bullying, poverty, mental illness and dysfunctional families.
When a beloved cat dies, bureaucrat Doña Flor must make an accounting of what her life really means. – “A rigorously observed portrait of an isolated middle-aged female factotum” – Variety
12-year-old Fanny leads a group of Jewish children across occupied territory while eluding Nazis. Still, the children manage to laugh and discover the importance of friendship.
A man with no name wanders through an African desert, moving slowly toward the Mediterranean Sea in the distance en route to Europe in this conceptual film without dialogue.
When doctors told Mike McQuay’s parents that their son was autistic, Mike Sr. formed the Hammerheads, a swim team of autistic athletes that is winning medals and changing lives.
Radu Patru is a Romanian living in France, hoping to be a journalist. When two teenage Romanian prostitutes are repatriated from France, it’s the scandal he needs to win the job.
Salma, Laila, and Nur are three women in Tel Aviv, living life to the fullest and confronting society’s expectations, in this rollicking debut comedy by Maysaloun Hamoud.
Seeing a missing dog poster with a hefty reward, Ji-so and her friend, Chae-rang, scheme to steal a rich person’s dog and collect the ransom so they can buy a real home.
After 30 years in prison, Horacia is released, and when she discovers she was set up by a wealthy lover, she uses the nation’s kidnapping epidemic to mete out her revenge.
Hélène could not communicate until she was 21. With the aid of plastic letters, she began to write insightful poetry under the name Babouillec Sp, which has been turned into a play.
A documentary about the challenges facing mixed race cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their complex genetics as they struggle to find bone marrow donors.
When Zahira is forced into an arranged marriage, this young Pakistani woman, who grew up with her family in Belgium, rebels, pushing her family past its breaking point.
Last Men in Aleppo follows the men of the White Helmets, who save lives and recover the dead and dying, amidst the profound violence and seeming hopelessness of their Syrian city.
Breath-taking scenery and heart-racing excitement surround Belle and Sebastian in this sweet old-fashioned tale of friendship and devotion.
An epic of air combat and the first film to win Best Picture, Wings is a silent movie concert performed by the Prima Vista Quartet with the original score composed by Baudime Jam.
When a Nobel prize-winning author returns to his rural hometown after 40 years – in the hopes of rekindling his imagination – a story unfolds as even he couldn’t imagine.
Political chaos upends young Zhang’s life during the last summer before he enters middle school. This coming-of-age story subtly details China’s embrace of privatization.
Inspired by the films of Jacques Demy and Stanley Donen, Footnotes is a modern musical about a woman who tries to save a beloved shoe factory and falls in love.
When Qodrat’s father dies, and his mother remarries, he is made an outsider in his own Afghani village. – “[An] absorbing ethnographic docudrama hybrid…” – The Hollywood Reporter
Ruby Pink wakes up alone in a motel room after her boyfriend has ditched her, leaving her with nothing but a supermoto motorcycle, thus beginning Ruby’s life of adventure.
When Sachio’s wife dies in a bus accident, grieving is only something he does when in the public eye. But when connects with Yochi, who also lost his wife, his humanity is put to the test.
The story of poet Emily Dickinson from Terence Davies, “Britain’s greatest living director” (The Evening Standard), which captures her life in 19th century Amherst, MA.
Defending themselves in a case that seems designed only to make Abacus Federal Savings a scapegoat for the financial crisis, the Sung family works to save their bank.
In this stirring documentary, three Dutch journalists take on the entire chocolate industry in order to expose the child slavery used in cocoa’s production.
An affectionate documentary about Rio de Janeiro’s cross-dressing community that performed at Teatro Rival in the 1970s. From director Leandra Leal, whose mother and grandfather ran the theater.
Waiting for a priest with nearly anxious relatives in a Bucharest apartment, Lary confronts past family grievances and political anxieties in the newest film from Cristi Puiu.
A frustrated boy and his determined father try to move a beautiful tree after the boy is possessed by the ghost of his dead mother.
Harsh circumstances force a resourceful and determined Latvian lass to mature beyond her years in this compelling, bittersweet coming-of-age story.
An unexpected visit from the in-laws quickly turns sour in this satisfying chamber piece about midlife marital crises.
Abandoning a scholarship to medical school, Gregory ignores the wishes of his poor family to come under the influence of a wealthy male benefactor and become an artist.