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76 Days

Oscar Shortlist for Best Documentary | Now Showing Exclusively in Virtual Cinema.

Set in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, this raw and intimate documentary captures the struggles and human resilience in the battle to survive the pandemic in Wuhan, China.

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Agalma

Italian Film Festival | U.S. PREMIERE | Showing February 26-March 4.
Agalma (Greek for “statue” or “image”) beautifully and poetically captures the daily life of one of the most important archaeological museums in the world: the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, a place perpetually torn between the enchantment of the past and the passions of the present. The film premiered at the 2020 Venice International Film Festival, Giornate degli Autori. IFF is honored to host its U.S. premiere.

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Amundsen: The Greatest Expedition

Starting Friday, March 12.

The explorer, Roald Amundsen obsesses with discovering the last unchartered land of the world: The North Pole. Amundsen will sacrifice everything to fulfill his dream of being the first to explore the icy wasteland that no man has ever conquered.

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The Best Years (Gli Anni Più Belli)

Italian Film Festival | Opening Movie | MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Watch on Thursday, February 25 starting at 12:00PM. You must complete your viewing by 12:00PM on Friday, February 26. Reservations end at 9:00AM on February 26.
Gli Anni Più Belli (The Best Years), a moving and exhilarating portrait of a generation by internationally acclaimed director Gabriele Muccino, tells the story of four friends Giulio, Gemma, Paolo, Riccardo, over a period of forty years, from 1980 to today, from adolescence to adulthood. Their hopes, their disappointments, their successes and failures are the intertwining of a great story of friendship and love set to the everchanging Italian social/political climate.

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The Big Step (Il Grande Passo)

Italian Film Festival | MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Showing February 26-March 4.
When he was six years old, Dario Cavalieri watched the live television broadcast of the Moon landing. Ever since then, he has dreamed of going to the Moon. An homage to the wonders of American science-fiction films, Northern Italian landscapes, and the unique poetry of Italian cinema, Il Grande Passo, led by two wonderful actors, Giuseppe Battiston and Stefano Fresi, celebrates dreamers in an unforgettable way. Battiston and Fresi both received the Best Actor award at the Torino Film Festival 2020, where the film premiered.

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Everything's Gonna Be Alright (Cosa sarà)

Italian Film Festival | MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Showing February 26-March 4.
Bruno is a middle-aged film director who finds himself at a point of reckoning. His films largely flop, his marriage recently failed, his two children adoring but unable to rely on him. When he discovers he has leukemia, secrets from his father’s past come to light, and lead the family on a journey of revival. Cosa Sarà is a delicate, touching, funny, uplifting film filled with the best brand of Italian sentiment.

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Faith

Italian Film Festival | MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Showing February 26-March 4.
In the remote hills of the Italian region of Marche, a community of martial arts religious fighters named “Warriors of Light” renounces the world and prepares to save humanity. From acclaimed late filmmaker Valentina Pedicini, Faith offers an immersive, visceral, emotional journey in a mysterious world of sacrifice and doctrine, investigating the profound motivations behind a radical choice. IFF is proud to celebrate late filmmaker Valentina Pedicini and give Minnesota the opportunity to discover her critically acclaimed work.

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From the Depths (Dal Profondo)

Italian Film Festival | U.S. PREMIERE | Showing February 26-March 4.
Patrizia’s life takes place in the dark, 500 meters below sea level. Her entire universe - past, present and future -is contained in just one word: mine. She is Italy’s only female miner and she is about to lead us into her world. From acclaimed late filmmaker Valentina Pedicini, Dal Profondo, filmed completely underground, is a powerful, unique and daring exploration of life inside Italy’s last coal mine. IFF is honored to host the film’s long overdue U.S. premiere as part of our tribute to Valentina’s still widely unknown work.

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A Glitch in the Matrix

Now Showing. Your ticket includes a pre-recorded Q&A after the film.

What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real? To tackle this mind-bending idea, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Asher (Room 237) uses a noted speech from Philip K. Dick to dive down the rabbit hole of science, philosophy, and conspiracy theory. If simulation theory is not science fiction but fact, and life is a video game being played by some unknowable entity, then who are we, really? A Glitch in the Matrix attempts to find out.

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Hope

Starting Friday, April 16.

93rd Academy Awards Best International Feature Shortlist - Norway's Oscar® Submission.

Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig) lives with Tomas (Stellan Skarsgård) in a large family of biological children and stepchildren. When Anja gets a terminal cancer diagnosis, their modern life breaks down and exposes neglected love.

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I Hate Summer (Odio L'Estate)

Italian Film Festival | MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Showing February 26-March 4.
Odio l’estate reminds us of the golden rules for the ‘perfect’ vacation: never leave without your rubber dinghy, never leave your beloved family dog behind, and -most importantly - never mistakenly book the same summerhouse together with complete strangers. Things could get ugly. Hilarity might ensue! Italy’s beloved, power house comedic trio of Aldo, Giovanni & Giacomo reunites yet again to bewitch us with a tale of love, friendship and feelings for the entire family to enjoy.

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Identifying Features (Sin señas particulares)

Now Showing.

Middle-aged Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) has lost contact with her son after he took off with a friend from their town of Guanajuato to cross the border into the U.S., hopeful to find work. Desperate to find out what happened to him—and to know whether or not he’s even alive—she embarks on an ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous journey to discover the truth. At once devastating and visually breathtaking, this debut feature by writer/director Fernanda Valadez was a Sundance favorite, and will not soon be forgotten.

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iSola

Italian Film Festival | U.S. PREMIERE | Showing February 26-March 4.
Rome, 2020. In the midst of the lockdown, against the backdrop of the Italian capital in a state of suspended animation, Elisa Fuksas (protagonist, screenwriter and director) simultaneously faces a recent diagnosis of cancer and forcible separation from friends and family. She decides to capture her days on her phone, to distract herself and to keep herself going. The result is a surprisingly moving ode to life. The film premiered at the 2020 Venice International International Film Festival, Giornate degli Autori. IFF is honored to host its U.S. premiere.

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Keep An Eye Out

Starting Friday, March 5.

The latest deranged delight by French absurdist Quentin Dupieux, Keep An Eye Out is a breakneck-paced cop comedy that packs more laughs into its 73 breezy minutes than some filmmakers manage in their entire careers.

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My Little Sister

Now Showing.

Lisa, once a brilliant playwright, no longer writes. She lives with her family in Switzerland, but her heart remains in Berlin, beating in time with that of her twin brother Sven, the famous theatre actor. Since Sven has been suffering from an aggressive type of leukaemia, the relationship between them has become even closer. Lisa does not want to accept this blow of fate, she does everything in her power to bring Sven back on stage.

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My Rembrandt

Now Showing.

Rembrandt, the grandmaster of intimacy rocks the art world; 350 years after his death, many people, even entire nations are obsessed with his paintings. Aristocrats cherish, experts rule, art dealers investigate, collectors hunt, museums battle. The epic documentary My Rembrandt dives deep into the art world of Old Masters, exploring the motives of its elite.

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My Wonderful Wanda

Starting Friday, April 23.

Winner of awards at Tribeca and Vancouver, My Wonderful Wanda is a delightful satire of the haves and the have-nots set against the backdrop of a gorgeous lakeside villa in Switzerland.

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Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities

Showing February 14-28. We the People: Required Watching Conversation: Monday, February 22 at 7pm.

In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.

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