38th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 4-20, 2019Best of Fest
The Price of Everything, from Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect) peeks behind the curtain of the contemporary art world, featuring the voices of artists, art dealers, collectors and many more.
Ady’s father is troubled by his 13-year-old son’s behavior in France and decides to send him to where he grew up in Burkina Faso. Wallay is a breathtaking coming-of-age story exploring mixed cultural identity and self-discovery.
Lina is living in Dongbei, China, and heads to France on the promise of a job that will support her family. But the job isn’t there, and desperate to survive, Lina is swept into the city’s prostitution circle.
Maya Washington, daughter of Minnesota Vikings great Gene Washington, charts her father’s legacy and the impact of the first integrated football team in the nation at Michigan State University.
Set against the backdrop of Algiers after the civil war, The Blessed follows a couple, Amal and Samir, celebrating their anniversary in a restaurant. Outside, on the streets of Algiers, their son Fahim faces an intimidating world of post-war Algiers.
When Paul Came Over the Sea – Journal of an Encounter
5:20pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Jakob Preuss
Country: Germany | Documentary Feature
Filmmaker Jakob Preuss and Cameroon immigrant Paul meet on the Moroccan coast. Paul is arrested, and after being released from prison, he and Jakob meet again to examine friendship and immigration in this fascinating cinematic conversation.
Set in a Dubai retirement home, this heartfelt comedy from Yasir Al Yasiri follows a band of four elderly men. When an inheritance falls into the hands of one of them, their lives veer in unexpected directions.
A documentary about Muslim Shari’a court’s first female Judge, Kholoud Al Faqih. With centuries of history against her, Al-Faqih charts her own path to secure her place in the field.
A curse—beastly in nature— lurks in the background as the lives of nurse Clara and her pregnant client Ana become increasingly complicated when their strained friendship turns to romance.
Venice Beach, 1984, where a talented group of young people create their own community through a shared bond—roller dancing. However, this vibrant, multicultural circle is soon interrupted by greed and incoming gentrification.
From director Laura Farber, herself a survivor of the Columbine attack, We Are Columbine follows survivors of the tragic school shooting that took place on April 20th, 1999 as they reflect on the aftermath and the paths they have taken toward healing.
In the 1950s, Mária fled Communist Hungary for Vienna. Now she’s an obstinate, independent senior once again living in Budapest. When she falls ill, her daughter Olga comes to care for her while piecing together the long-buried secrets of her mother’s past.
In Phil Harder’s warm tribute to Minneapolis documentarian, world traveler and cinema pioneer (and founder of the Film Society) Al Milgrom, we follow the 95-year old auteur through his career and living legacy.
Three aliens arrive on Earth to gather intel, assuming human bodies as their own. As their hosts’ families contend with people they no longer recognize, the aliens face an equally harsh truth—that humanity is not so easily controlled.
Reality unearths a new fiction in artist Xu Bing’s directorial debut. Blurring the lines between the real and unreal, Bing transforms 10,000 hours of surveillance footage into 81 minutes of a new narrative that centers on a woman called Qing Ting, or “Dragonfly.”
Black Kite follows Arian, a father whose love for his daughter moves him to take an unthinkable risk underneath the rule of the Taliban—to find and then fly a kite with his daughter, both of which are illegal.
The Blessing follows a Navajo family in rural Arizona where the primary industry of coal mining is destroying the mountains held sacred to the community.
Separated by a childhood trauma, two young women reunite as adults and embark on an impromptu road trip in this debut feature film from director Daniel Stine.
Minding the Gap follows three young Chicago skateboarders as they grapple with incoming adulthood. At the center of this film is the friendship of Liu and his friends Zack and Keire, and the divides that unsettle their bond.
Beginning with the mercy a mother shows for her son’s killer, Risking Light is a collection of stories that reveal the depth of compassion.
Soap opera actress Viyada’s suspicions rise when her husband, Jerome, falls in with a guru called the Holy One. When the Holy One rapes Vi, she resolves to end her marriage for good and soon meets Guy, who offers her revenge.
German wanderer Jens happens upon a quiet town where he is greeted with contempt. Then he meets Vicky, the mayor’s daughter, who takes him home. The next morning he is offered a fresh start…or is he?
Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drop’s Story
5:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: John Whitehead
Country: USA | Documentary
This documentary charts The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ sudden rise and also reflects on the influence of their mentor, black fiddler Joe Thompson, the banjo’s African origins and how interconnected communities lead to popular American music of today.
From Minneapolis based filmmaker Melody Gilbert, Silicone Soul is an exploration of the meaning and varying forms of loneliness and love as shown through the relationships between people and their synthetic companions.
Adapted from the celebrated novel of the same name, Indian Horse centers on eight-year old Saul Indian Horse, abducted from his Ojibway-Anishinaabe community and sent to a Catholic Residential School. Saul finds solace in an unexpected place—hockey.
From documentarian Pam Colby, Not in My Lifetime showcases the bonds that have lasted and continue to stand for equality in the present day.
The true-crime legend of Hungary’s most beloved bank robber is celebrated in this European Catch Me If You Can action-caper, the latest from Nimród Antal, the Magyar talent behind arthouse hit Kontroll.
Following 8 years in the life of a young Ladakhi boy living in Tibet, who is proclaimed as the fated reincarnation of a Buddhist monk. Young Padma Angdu navigates through political, financial and geographical hurdles to regain his former life.
Described as “stories from survivors of historical trauma,” this documentary chronicles the impact of historical trauma on the lives of Native peoples today, giving voice to their stories of survival and resilience in the face of multigenerational trauma.
When the Belgian Prime Minister is kidnapped, and his wife and children held hostage, he can only save them if he kills the President of the United States.
A collaboration between director Phillip Hass and artist David Hockney, A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China takes audiences on a breathtaking tour via a 17th century Chinese scroll, the seventh in a series illustrating Emperor Kangxi’s tours of his southern empire in 1689.
Leevi returns from France to his native Finland to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work. Soon, the two young men establish an intense connection.