37th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 12-28, 2018Best of Fest: April 30 – May 4

APRIL 30

The Long Excuse
1:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Miwa Nishikawa
Japan | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

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.

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Shorts: Passages 1
1:10pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Various | Shorts Program

Featuring Without Papers, Our Iraq, The Circus Saved My Life, and Refuge.

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Lost in Armenia
3:15pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Serge Avedikian
France, Armenia | Narrative | Voice: Laugh Out Loud

When his taxi breaks down after a performance in Azerbaijan, French actor Jean-Paul accidentally wanders into Armenia, which is in a state of near-war with its neighbor.

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The Truth Beneath
3:40pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Lee Kyoung-mi
South Korea | Narrative | Voice: Thrill Me Chill Me

When an aspiring politician refuses to report his own daughter’s disappearance, his wife takes matters into her own hands, unleashing a scandal with disastrous repercussions.

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Boundaries
5:20pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Chloe Robichaud
Canada | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

Three women, who are a federal deputy, a president, and a mediator, meet to determine the economic future of a small island, and face condescension and outright sexism in this satire.

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The Fury of a Patient Man
5:45pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Raul Arevalo
Spain | Narrative | Voice: Thrill Me Chill Me

When Curro returns from prison, he finds his girlfriend with José. When he goes to José’s country home to settle the score, Curro realizes he’s fallen right into José’s trap.

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Boys in the Trees
7:45pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Nicholas Verso
Australia | Narrative | Voice: Thrill Me Chill Me

On Halloween 1997, Corey and Jonah take a walk through their neighborhood, sharing ghost stories that suddenly reveal a past of old abuses. “Strikingly original” -Empire

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Sieranevada
8:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Cristi Puiu
Romania, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Republic of Macedonia | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

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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MAY 1

Barakah Meets Barakah
4:30pm @ 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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40 Years of May Day
4:45pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Mike Rivard, Daniel Polsfuss, Will Hommeyer
USA | Documentary | Voice: Art in Pictures

Three documentaries that explore the cultural, political, artistic, theatrical phenomenon happening every May Day in Minneapolis for over 40 years.

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Kati Kati
7:15pm @ St. Anthony Main
Screening w/ The Wizard Oz
Director: Mbithi Masya
Kenya, Germany | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

When Kaleche wakes and finds herself in Kati Kati, she discovers that she has died and is waiting in the afterlife. When Thoma seeks to help her, he uncovers disturbing memories.

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Mister Universo
9:15pm @ 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 aging strongman who gave him the amulet.

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Ministry of Love
9:30pm @ St. Anthony Main
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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MAY 2

All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
4:45pm @ St. Anthony Main
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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The Sounding
4:50pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Catherine Eaton
USA | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

After years of silence Liv begins to create a new language of her own by weaving together Shakespeare’s words. A neurologist commits her and Liv begins to rebel.

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El clasico
7:15pm @ St. Anthony Main
Screening w/ ICEBREAKER
Director: Halkawt Mustafa
Norway, Iraq | Narrative | Voice: Show me the Love

Two Kurdish brothers determine to deliver a pair of handmade shoes to Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in this heartfelt road movie, rich in day-to-day detail of life in contemporary Iraq.

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A Serious Game
9:20pm @ 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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Vaya
9:30pm @ 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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MAY 3

White Sun
4:45pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Deepak Rauniyar
Nepal, USA, Quatar, Netherlands | Narrative | Voice: Take Me Away

Two brothers on opposing sides of the Nepali Civil War must together bring their deceased father’s body to the river for cremation.

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Stranger in Paradise
4:50pm @ St. Anthony Main
Screening w/ The Circle
Director: Guido Hendrikx
Netherlands | Documentary | Voice: Expanded Horizons

In a quiet classroom somewhere in Sicily, three groups of immigrants to Europe meet with a white teacher who represents a very different facet of the new continent to each.

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First Daughter and the Black Snake
7:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Screening w/ Black and Blue + Etymology
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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A Wedding
7:10pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Stephan Streker
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Pakistan | Narrative | Voice: Show me the Love

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.

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Pyromaniac
9:30pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
Norway | Narrative | Voice: Thrill Me Chill Me

Out of the military, 19-year-old Dag returns to his home town and joins his father’s volunteer fire department just as a number of mysterious fires occur.

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MAY 4

Mellow Mud
4:40pm @ 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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Starless Dreams
4:50pm @ St. Anthony Main
Screening w/ Port of Entry
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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King of the Belgians
7:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria | Narrative

King Nicolas III is a lonely soul who has the feeling he’s living the wrong life. Embarking on a state visit to Istanbul with a British filmmaker commissioned to shoot a documentary to polish the monarch’s dull image, the King suddenly receives dire news: Wallonia, Belgium’s southern half, has declared its independence.

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The Bakken
7:15pm @ St. Anthony Main
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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Two Lottery Tickets
9:30pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Paul Negoescu
Romania, Spain | Narrative | Voice: Laugh Out Loud

Three hapless fools lose a winning lottery ticket and are forced to wander through Bucharest, in and out and back again in this Beckett-like comedy.

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