37th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 12-28, 2018Best of Fest

APRIL 29

The Price of Everything
1:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Nathaniel Kahn
Country: USA | Documentary Feature

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.

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Wallay
1:10pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Berni Goldblat
Country: France, Burkina Faso | Narrative Feature

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.

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Bitter Flowers
3:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Olivier Meys
Country: Belgium, France, Switzerland, China | Narrative Feature

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.

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Through the Banks of The Red Cedar
3:10pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Maya Washington
Country: USA | Documentary Feature

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.

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The Blessed
5:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Sofia Djama
Country: Algeria, Belgium, France | Narrative Feature

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.

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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.

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On Borrowed Time
7:20pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Yasir Al Yasiri
Country: United Arab Emirates | Narrative Feature

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.

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The Judge
7:30pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Erika Cohn
Country: USA, Palestine | Documentary Feature

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.

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Good Manners
9:20pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas
Country: Brazil, France | Narrative Feature

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.

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APRIL 30

Roller Dreams
4:45pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Kate Hickey
Country: USA, Australia | Documentary

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.

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We Are Columbine
5:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Laura Farber
Country: USA | Documentary

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.

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Aurora Borealis
7:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Márta Mészáros
Country: Hungary | Narrative

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.

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A Work In Progress (Al Milgrom’s Cinema Journey)
7:10pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Phil Harder
Country: USA | Documentary

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.

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Before We Vanish
9:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Country: Japan | Narrative

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.

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Dragonfly Eyes
9:15pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Xu Bing
Country: China | Narrative

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.”

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MAY 1

Black Kite
5:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Tarique Qayumi
Country: Afghanistan, Canada | Narrative

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.

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The Blessing
5:15pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Jordan Fein, Hunter Baker
Country: USA | Documentary

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.

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Virginia Minnesota
7:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Daniel Stine
Country: USA | Narrative

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.

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Minding the Gap
7:10pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Bing Liu
Country: USA | Documentary

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.

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Risking Light
9:15pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Dawn Mikkelson
Country: Australia, Cambodia, USA | Documentary

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.

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Samui Song
9:20pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Country: Thailand, Norway, Germany | Narrative

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.

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MAY 2

Gutland
4:30pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Govinda Van Maele
Country: Luxembourg | Narrative

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?

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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.

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Silicone Soul
7:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Melody Gilbert
Country: USA | Documentary

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.

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Indian Horse
7:10pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Stephen S. Campanelli
Country: Canada | Narrative

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.

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Not in My Lifetime
9:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Pam Colby
Country: USA | Documentary

From documentarian Pam Colby, Not in My Lifetime showcases the bonds that have lasted and continue to stand for equality in the present day.

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Happy Birthday
9:20pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Christos Georgiou
Country: Greece | Narrative

In a world of turmoil, Margarita witnesses her father, Officer Yiorgos, through a fog of teargas, setting in motion a desperate attempt to piece together the fragments of the family.

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MAY 3

The Whiskey Bandit
4:30pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Nimród Antal
Country: Hungary | Narrative

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.

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Becoming Who I Was
4:45pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Moon Chang-yong, Jeon Jin
Country: South Korea, Tibet, India | Documentary

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.

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Dodging Bullets
7:00pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Kathy Broere, Sarah Edstrom, Bob Trench, Jonathan Thunder
Country: USA | Documentary

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.

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The Prime Minister
7:10pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Erik Van Looy
Country: Belgium | Narrative

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.

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Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China
9:20pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Philip Haas
Country: USA | Documentary

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.

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A Moment in the Reeds
9:30pm @ St. Anthony Main
Director: Mikko Makela
Country: Finland, UK | Narrative

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.

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