37th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 12-28, 2018April 27

A Serious Game
12:30pm @ Rochester Galaxy 14 Cinema
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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Harmonium
1:50pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Koji Fukada
Japan, France | Narrative | Voice: Thrill Me Chill Me

When Toshio invites Yasaka, freshly released from prison, to not only work at his factory but share the family home, he sets into motion a series of cataclysmic events.

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Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait
2:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Khyentse Norbu
Bhutan, Hong Kong | Narrative | Voice: Film on the Fringe

Every 12 years, a mysterious 15-day ceremony draws a group of people deep into the forests of Bhutan. A man named Expressionless pushes past inhibitions to take himself to a point of no return.

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Starless Dreams
2:10pm @ St. Anthony Main
Screening w/ Seven Dates with Death
Director: Mehrdad Oskouei
Iran | Documentary | Voice: Expanded Horizons

A fearless documentary examining Iranian women locked in a detention facility for crimes ranging from murder to drug dealing and the ways they cope inside and outside the walls.

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Vaya
2:20pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Akin Omotoso
South Africa | Narrative | Voice: Thrill Me Chill Me

Three very different people, with vastly different stories, come together and experience hope, trauma, and redemption in Johannesburg in Akin Omotoso’s startling new film.

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Ministry of Love
2:50pm @ Rochester Galaxy 14 Cinema
Filmmaker Attending
Director: Pavo Marinkovic
Croatia, Czech Republic | Narrative | Voice: Show me the Love

When the Croatian government sends spies Kreso and Sikic to expose war widows who have fallen in love (and thus stand to lose their pensions), they find they’ve sent exactly the wrong men.

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Sieranavada
3:15pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Cristi Puiu
Romania, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Republic of Macedonia | Narrative | Voice: Laugh Out Loud

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.

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Paradise
4:15pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Andrey Konchalovsky
Russia, Germany | Narrative | Voice: Expanded Horizons

Shipped to a concentration camp, French Resistance member Olga crosses paths with German SS officer Helmut, who once fell madly in love with her and still harbors feelings.

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El Mar La Mar
4:20pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Joshua Bonnetta, J.P. Sniadecki
USA | Documentary | Voice: Film on the Fringe

With an approach that is both elegant and dreadful, El mar la mar recounts the anecdotes of people making the impossible journey on foot across the border.

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Glory
4:30pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva
Bulgaria, Greece | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

Tsanko finds money on the railroad tracks, and turns it in to the police. For his honesty, he is given a cheap watch by the Ministry of Transport, whose PR hack manages to lose his good watch.

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All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
4:45pm @ Capri Theater
Director: Fred Peabody
Canada | Documentary | Voice: Expanded Horizons

At once a warm reflection of journalist I. F. Stone and a blistering indictment of mainstream media, this documentary film will make you question virtually every news source.

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Mercenary
4:45pm @ Film Space, Founders Hall, Metro State University
Director: Sacha Wolff
France | Narrative | Voice: Expanded Horizons

Brought to France from New Caledonia to play rugby, Sloane is abused, pumped full of steroids, and treated like dirt by both coaches and fans in this intense sports thriller.

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Wolf and Sheep
5:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat
Denmark, France, Sweden, Afghanistan | Narrative | Voice: Expanded Horizons

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

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The World is My Country
5:00pm @ Rochester Galaxy 14 Cinema
Director: Arthur Kanegis
USA, France, Germany | Documentary | Voice: Expanded Horizons

The World Is My Country is about “World Citizen #1,” Garry Davis, who spent 65 years of his life as a citizen of no nation, only Earth, traveling the planet on his “World Passport.”

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Little Wing
6:50pm @ St. Anthony Main
Special Guest Attending
Director: Selma Vilhunen
Finland, Denmark | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

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.

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Anatomy of Violence
7:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Special Guest Attending
Director: Deepa Mehta
India, Canada | Narrative | Voice: Film on the Fringe

From Deepa Mehta, an improvised film about the notorious gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in India, Anatomy of Violence seeks to examine the roots of her rapists’ misogyny.

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First Daughter and the Black Snake
7:00pm @ Film Space, Founders Hall, Metro State University
Filmmaker Attending
Director: Keri Pickett
USA | Documentary | Voice: Expanded Horizons

Winona LaDuke fights the Enbridge pipeline, galvanizing her community to save the sacred wild rice lakes and preserve their traditional indigenous way of life.

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Lipstick Under My Burkha
7:00pm @ Capri Theater
Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
India | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

Four women with four very different secrets unite to bend the strict moral codes of rural India. Alankrita Shrivastava’s feature won the 2016 Spirit of Asia award.

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The Bakken
7:05pm @ St. Anthony Main
Filmmaker Attending
Director: James Christenson, Lewis Wilcox, Jonah Sargent, Eliot Popko
USA | Documentary | Voice: Expanded Horizons

Shot over the course of three winters in North Dakota, The Bakken is a series of cinematic portraits of the people who work the oil fields.

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Dolores
7:10pm @ St. Anthony Main
Special Guest Attending
Director: Peter Bratt
USA | Documentary | Voice: Expanded Horizons

The story of Dolores Huerta, one of the activists who helped found the United Farm Workers’ Union and fought the barriers faced by women and people of color.

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Daguerreotype
9:40pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
France, Belgium, Japan | Narrative | Voice: Thrill Me Chill Me

A young man finds work as an assitant for a reclusive photographer who is trying to conjure up his dead wife by taking daguerreotypes of their adult daughter.

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Barakah Meets Barakah
9:45pm @ Rochester Galaxy 14 Cinema
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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In Between
9:45pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
Israel | Narrative | Voice: Laugh Out Loud

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.

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Mister Universo
9:50pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel
Austria, Italy | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

When Tairo, a lion tamer, loses his lucky horseshoe, he can no longer perform. So he goes on a quest to find “Mister Universo,” an ageing strongman who gave him the amulet.

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Prevenge
9:55pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Alice Lowe
UK | Narrative | Voice: Thrill Me Chill Me

Ruth’s baby is talking to her and telling her to murder everyone. Killing creeps, clueless midwives, and even kindly strangers, Ruth won’t stop killing until the baby is born.

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