37th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 12-28, 2018April 20

A Serious Game
1:45pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Pernilla August
Sweden, Denmark, Norway | Narrative | Voice: Show me the Love

This achingly sensual story of love and adultery set in the early years of the 20th century is an adaptation of a classic novel by Hjalmar Soderberg.

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Austerlitz
2:15pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
USA | Documentary | Voice: Film on the Fringe

From acclaimed director Sergei Loznitsa comes Austerlitz, a stunning look at the phenomenon of “Holocaust tourism.” “A haunting meditation” -The New York Times

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Mali Blues
2:20pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Lutz Gregor
Mali, Germany | Documentary | Voice: Art in Pictures

Director Lutz Gregor follows singer Fatoumata Diawara on a musical journey through Mali, where she and other innovative performers are threatened by radical Islamists.

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Clash
2:30pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Mohamed Diab
Egypt, France | Narrative | Voice: Thrill Me Chill Me

During the Muslim Brotherhood crackdown in 2013, a police van apprehends prisoners on both sides, resulting in uncontrollable tension and violence inside the vehicle.

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Godless
2:30pm @ Uptown Theater
Director: Ralitza Petrova
Bulgaria, Denmark, France | Narrative | Voice: Film on the Fringe

Turning a bleak eye to contemporary Bulgarian society, Ralitza Petrova’s award-winning debut delivers an eat-or-be-eaten parable, relevant anywhere in the world where people are offered limited options.

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Dispatches From Cleveland
2:40pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Catherine Gund
USA | Documentary | Voice: Expanded Horizons

Black voters in Cleveland came together and used their power, forcing their District Attorney out of office when he refused to hold police accountable and indict the police officer who murdered 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

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Mellow Mud
4:30pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Renars Vimba
Latvia | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

Harsh circumstances force a resourceful and determined Latvian lass to mature beyond her years in this compelling, bittersweet coming-of-age story.

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Past Life
4:40pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Avi Nesher
Israel, Poland | Narrative | Voice: Expanded Horizons

When confronted with their father’s possibly murderous past in World War II Poland, sisters Nana and Sephi investigate reveal more than they bargained for. “Profoundly moving.” -Variety

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J: Beyond Flamenco
4:45pm @ Uptown Theater
Director: Carlos Saura
Spain | Documentary | Voice: Art in Pictures

Carlos Saura continues his exploration of performative traditions with a sensuous portrait of jota, a waltz-like castanet dance from Saura’s home province of Aragon, in northern Spain.

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The World of Us
4:45pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Yoon Ga-eun
South Korea | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

An outcast meets the new girl, and summer becomes a world of fast friendship and shared secrets. Returning to school, the new girl seeks other friends, and the friendship darkens.

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76 Minutes and 15 Seconds With Abbas Kiarostami
4:50pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Seifollah Samadian
Iran | Documentary | Voice: Art in Pictures

A cinematic conversation with Abbas Kiarostami as he smokes, admires the snow, films ducks, and lives a life that is aware of seemingly all possibilities.

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The Nest
5:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Klaudia Reynicke
Switzerland, Italy | Narrative | Voice: Expanded Horizons

When 19-year-old Cora returns home to Bucco to help her father organize the Feast of the Virgin of Bucco, she learns terrible secrets that a stranger unearths at the ceremony.

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Shorts 04: Identity
7:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Filmmakers Attending
Director: Various | Shorts Program

Featuring All Sewn Up, @me, Cambot: The Sad Sad Robot, Shinaab, Port of Entry, Deer God, Departure, Selied, Diane from the Moon.

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Voice From the Stone
7:00pm @ Uptown Theater
Filmmakers + Cast Attending
Director: Eric D. Howell
USA, Italy | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

In 1950s Tuscany, Verena, a young nurse, is helping a young boy who is suffering trauma over the death of his mother while also contending with a haunted castle.

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The Darkness
7:05pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Daniel Castro Zimbrón
Mexico | Narrative | Voice: Thrill Me Chill Me

The world is in permanent twilight, covered by toxic fog, and besieged by killer monsters. When Argel’s older brother vanishes, his quest reveals some very dark family secrets.

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Church of Felons
7:10pm @ St. Anthony Main
Filmmaker Attending
Director: Jordan Mederich
USA | Documentary | Voice: Expanded Horizons

The story of four men who have battled with addiction and inflicted suffering on others or brought it on themselves, and a startling examination of substance abuse in Wisconsin.

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The Rehearsal
7:15pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Alison Maclean
New Zealand | Narrative | Voice: Art in Pictures

Alison Maclean’s The Rehearsal is an intense and entertaining look at life at a prestigious Auckland drama school. Based on the Man Booker Award winning novel by Eleanor Catton.

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One Week and a Day
7:20pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Asaph Polonsky
Israel | Narrative | Voice: Laugh Out Loud

After sitting shiva for his son, Eyal seeks comfort in smoking pot with his neighbor’s adult son, who helps him grieve and move on. “A little laughter goes a long way.” -Indiewire

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Barakah Meets Barakah
9:35pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Mahmoud Sabbagh
Saudi Arabia | Narrative | Voice: Show me the Love

In this rare glimpse of Saudi Arabia, Barakah Meets Barakah is a rom-com about a pair of opposites who fall in love in Jeddah. Saudi Arabian submission to the 2016 Academy Awards.

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The Wedding Ring
9:40pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Rahmatou Keita
Niger, Burkina Faso, France | Narrative | Voice: Show me the Love

When Tiyaa finds herself in an arranged engagement to a young man, a wise man counsels her to find a wedding ring on the eve of a new moon, and her quest helps ease her troubled heart.

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The High Frontier
9:45pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Wojciech Kasperski
Poland | Narrative | Voice: Thrill Me Chill Me

When a border guard takes his teenaged sons to a cabin on the Polish border, he hopes to bond with them. But a man emerges from the forest, pushing the family to its breaking point.

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Bad Seeds
9:50pm @ Uptown Theater
Director: Louis Bélanger
Canada | Narrative | Voice: Laugh Out Loud

When gambling addict Jacques flees Montreal to save himself from gangsters, he finds himself harvesting marijuana with a grumpy old man and a young hydrologist in Northern Quebec.

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Beach Rats
9:50pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Eliza Hittman
USA | Narrative | Voice: Show me the Love

In her sophomore feature, Eliza Hittman captures the inner struggle of the coming out experience without cliché and also explores the dangerous line between machismo and homoeroticism.

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A Dragon Arrives!
9:55pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Mani Haghighi
Iran | Narrative | Voice: Film on the Fringe

A shipwreck is found in the Iranian desert, where a political prisoner has hung himself. – “[A] bold, bewildering melange of noir, mockumentary and outright fantasy…” – Variety

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