36th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film FestivalBest of Fest: April 24 – 28
In a tender story of sisterly love (and hate), awkward 12-year-old Stella must deal with the discovery that her older sister has an eating disorder.
Chanda’s teenage daughter Apeksha has little interest in studying, so Chanda must come up with a clever plan to prove the merits of perseverance.
The year is 1204, and Norway is torn apart in a civil war. It’s up to two warriors to save the King’s two-year-old heir by taking him on a perilous journey.
With restrained sentimentality, this end-of-life drama unflinchingly focuses on death and a professional caregiver that carries the psychological weight.
Based on the life of legendary fencing master Endel Nelis who founded a school for aspiring swordsmen that still thrives today.
Degena Yun’s assured debut feature is a subtle and moving story about the emotional drift between a disaffected teenager and her terminally ill father.
Nobel prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich’s eye-witness accounts are transformed into mesmerizing images.
When Maria, a young guerilla fighter, is put in charge of transporting a baby through the volatile jungle, she faces her own desires for a normal life.
When Alena transfers to a private all-girls school, she has difficulty fitting in. A violent guardian angel from her past may have to step in to help.
In a small fishing village in northern Denmark, a son falls for his father’s prospective Filipino mail-order bride.
After his students are sent to war at the close of WWII, Masaaki devotes his life to developing a new species of cherry blossoms in remembrance.
This poignant and intense coming-of-age story questions whether co-existence is possible between Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo.
After Anschluss—the Nazi invasion of Austria in 1938—a group of Jewish children who travel to Oslo for summer camp are unable to return to their families.
Told with heart, humor, and a little bit of magic, Dragonfly is a film about homecoming and healing for a Midwestern family divided by divorce and illness.
This richly drawn biography charts Robert Bly’s singular path from farmer’s son to anti-Vietnam War activist to wild man of the 1990’s men’s movement.
In 1944, Estonians forced into the Soviet or German armies, found themselves on home turf, fighting compatriots.
People of the Ju/’Hoansi, one of the most ancient cultures in the world, travel to Europe in a fascinating look at Western culture through their eyes.
Director Melody Gilbert looks beyond the nametags to the young and impressionable international students who come to the U.S. to work at summer resorts.
This provocative drama chronicles a family skiing vacation that turns into every parent’s nightmare.
Tense and wholly immersive, this nuanced film captures a conflict that quickly escalates from a heated war of words to one of deadly violence.
At a time when girls should have been honing their housekeeping skills, 24 courageous young women took the challenge of a month of outdoor survival.
A small businessman decides to kidnap his nemesis, the founder of IKEA. Absurdly entertaining.
When his nephew disappears, Chen, recently released from jail, sets off to find him, which quietly erases the line between the past, present and future.
Through the eyes of Maamun, a mobile phone repairman, we meet the everyday population of Zaatari, Jordan, one of the biggest refugee camps in the world.
In Transit, Albert Maysles’ final film, takes you on a journey into the hearts and minds of passengers aboard Amtrak’s Chicago-Seattle Empire Builder.
They had lost everything – except a chance to find each other. Based on the life and letters of the director’s Holocaust survivor parents.
They’re bold. They’re fearless. And they’re tearing up tracks all over Palestine.
When the professional career of basketball star Lloyd “Swee’ Pea” Daniels seemed to be over even before it began, he fought back against all odds.
A pigtailed Cinderella’s supernatural suitor lays waste to all perceived rivals in this whimsical black comedy.
The 2016 MSPIFF Short Film award winners, all collected in one program, including works by Terence Chotard, Raphael J. Dostie, Erik Ljung, Josema Roig, Ivan Barge, and Brett Marty.
In a quirky café-bar in the isolated marshlands, the hopes and dreams of three main characters are revealed — and often dashed.
Filmed in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, Affliction explores the recent Ebola outbreak through unlimited access to Doctors Without Borders’ response.
When her eldest brother refuses to become heir to the family farm, Amaia is reluctant to turn her back on her ancestry.
When Cathy gets the unusual gift of a duck egg, the little duckling’s hatching sets into motion a thrilling adventure of friendship and perseverance.
Norah Shapiro and Kelly Nathe pull the curtain back on the story of Minnesota 13, one of the best and most popular moonshines available during Prohibition.
How Love Won: The Fight for Marriage Equality in MN
7:10pm @ St.Anthony Main
Director: Michael McIntee
USA | Documentary | Voice: Show Me the Love
Go behind the scenes and discover the secret weapon Minnesota LGBT activists deployed in this “unwinnable” campaign that had failed in 30 other states.
When Gunnar and Disa’s son comes home comes home with a new girlfriend, Gunnar is thrown for a loop in this dark comedy about the skeletons in our closets.