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CatVideoFest 2024

Screenings Start August 3

Join us this summer for a fun, family-friendly movie experience that raises money for local cats!

CatVideoFest is a compilation of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and classic internet powerhouses. Each year, across the country, local theaters partner with nearby cat-focused charities, animal welfare associations and shelters alike — a portion of ticket proceeds from every show goes directly to local cats in need.

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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

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Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth star in Academy Award-winning mastermind George Miller’s Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, the much-anticipated return to the iconic dystopian world he created more than 30 years ago with the seminal Mad Max films. Miller now turns the page again with an all-new original, standalone action adventure that will reveal the origins of the powerhouse character from the multiple Oscar-winning global smash Mad Max: Fury Road.

As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home.

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Ghostlight

Starts June 21

MSPIFF43 Closing Night Film

When melancholic construction worker Dan finds himself drifting from his wife and daughter, he discovers community and purpose in a local theater’s production of Romeo and Juliet. As the drama onstage starts to mirror his own life, he and his family are forced to confront a personal loss.

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I Saw the TV Glow

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Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack. 

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Inside Out 2

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Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone. Maya Hawke lends her voice to Anxiety, alongside Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Lewis Black as Anger, Tony Hale as Fear, and Liza Lapira as Disgust. Directed by Kelsey Mann and produced by Mark Nielsen.

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Janet Planet

Starts June 28

MSPIFF43 Official Selection

In rural Western Massachusetts, 11-year-old Lacy spends the summer of 1991 at home, enthralled by her own imagination and the attention of her mother, Janet. As the months pass, three visitors enter their orbit, all captivated by Janet and her spellbinding nature. In her solitary moments, Lacy inhabits an inner world so extraordinarily detailed that it begins to seep into the outside world. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker captures a child's experience of time passing, and the ineffability of a daughter falling out of love with her mother, in this singularly sublime film debut.

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Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara

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ABOUT THE FILM

From one of Italy's most revered directors, Marco Bellocchio, comes Kidnapped, the true story of Edgardo Mortara. Mortara was a young Jewish boy living in Bologna, Italy, when in 1858, after being secretly baptized, was forcibly taken from his family by the Pope, to be raised Catholic. His parents’ struggle to free their son became part of a larger political battle that pitted the papacy against forces of democracy and Itali

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Kinds of Kindness

Starts June 28

Kinds of Kindness is a triptych fable, following a man without choice who tries to take control of his own life; a policeman who is alarmed that his wife who was missing-at-sea has returned and seems a different person; and a woman determined to find a specific someone with a special ability, who is destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader.

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MaXXXine

Starts July 5

In 1980s Hollywood, adult film star and aspiring actress Maxine Minx finally gets her big break. But as a mysterious killer stalks the starlets of Hollywood, a trail of blood threatens to reveal her sinister past.

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Midnight Mayhem: Big Shark

Saturday, July 6 at 10pm

About the film

Three firefighters: Georgie, Patrick, and Tim must save New Orleans from a gigantic shark, can New Orleans survive?


About Midnight Mayhem

Midnight Mayhem features films that play the best after dark. Presented in the fun community experience that they were always meant to be, hosted by Chaz Kangas with special surprises, giveaways, and more throughout the night.

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Midnight Mayhem: The Big Lebowski

Saturday, August 3 at 10pm

About the film

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski doesn't want any drama in his life… heck, he can't even be bothered with a job. But, in a case of mistaken identity, a couple of thugs break into his place and steal his rug (you gotta understand, that rug really tied the room together). Now, The Dude must embark on a quest with his crazy friends to make things right and get that rug back! Starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, John Goodman, John Turturro and Steve Buscemi, The Big Lebowski has become a cultural phenomenon.


About Midnight Mayhem

Midnight Mayhem features films that play the best after dark. Presented in the fun community experience that they were always meant to be, hosted by Chaz Kangas with special surprises, giveaways, and more throughout the night.

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Midnight Mayhem: The Brother From Another Planet

Saturday, September 7 at 10pm

About the film

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film with an intro from MSP Film Programmer and The Brother From Another PlanetAssistant Director Craig Laurence Rice!

John Sayles’s comedy gives a smart, political edge to the oft-told “stranger in a strange land” sci-fi story with African-American actor Joe Morton as “The Brother”, an alien stranded in New York City. Chased by two white Men in Black, he must also negotiate a myriad of class and racial challenges.

The film’s connection between “alienness” and “blackness” resonated strongly with musician and performer Geo Wyeth (who released his first studio album, Alien Tapes): “I wish I had seen this as a teenager… If you have ever felt your own body permeating unseen dimensions or worlds, unreachable by language or logical perception, you will connect to this film.”


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MN Made: Abroad

MN Made

Thursday, June 20
Party: 6:00pm at Pracna
Screening: 7:15pm at The Main Cinema

The screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaking team.

The MN Made series celebrates the dynamic range of films made by Minnesota filmmakers and artists. Presented in partnership with FilmNorth and Minnesota Film & TV.

About the Film

Taemin and Minji, a couple of Korean tourists, travel to the Northern part of the United States to see the Aurora Borealis for the first time. But, after Minji mysteriously disappears, Taemin becomes the main suspect, turning the desperate search of his girlfriend into a fight to stay alive.

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No One Asked You

June 24 at 7pm

MSPIFF43 Official Selection

This festival favorite returns for a special screening marking the 1-year Roe Overturn-iversary. Celebrate the work of hometown hero Lizz Winstead and Abortion Access Front as they continue to take action to protect abortion access for all.

About The Film

Comedian and disruptor-extraordinaire Lizz Winstead is angry–and she’s got good reason to be, since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating body autonomy and restricting abortion access in several states across the nation. With her group Abortion Access Front, she’s rolling up her sleeves and taking the fight to the streets to secure abortion freedoms across the US.

As co-creator of both The Daily Show and Air America Radio, Lizz Winstead has been an inspired comedian whose work has brought her face-to-face with the ugliest parts of American politics. In this six-year cinematic

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NTL: Dear England

July 8 at 7pm • July 10 at 12:30pm • July 13 at 11am

Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale) plays Gareth Southgate in James Graham’s (Sherwood) gripping examination of nation and game.

The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game?

With the worst track record for penalties in the world, Gareth Southgate knows he needs to open his mind and face up to the years of hurt, to take team and country back to the promised land.

Filmed live on stage at the National Theatre, Rupert Goold (Judy) directs this spectacular new play.

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NTL: Nye

September 9 at 7pm • September 11 at 12:30pm • September 14 at 11am

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state.

From campaigning at the coalfield to leading the battle to create the National Health Service, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan is often referred to as the politician with greatest influence over the UK without ever being Prime Minister.

Confronted with death, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan’s deepest memories lead him on a mind-bending journey back through his life; from childhood to mining underground, Parliament and fights with Churchill.

 

Written by Tim Price and directed by Rufus Norris (Small Island), this epic new Welsh fantasia was filmed live at the National Theatre in London.

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NTL: Vanya

August 5 at 7pm • August 7 at 12:30pm • August 10 at 11am

Andrew Scott (Fleabag) brings multiple characters to life in Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) radical new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.

 

Hopes, dreams, and regrets are thrust into sharp focus in this one-man adaptation which explores the complexities of human emotions.

 

Filmed live during its sold-out run in London’s West End.

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Pride: Outstanding: A Comedy Revolution

Pride Month Programming | June 17 at 7pm

About the film

Outstanding: A Comedy Revolution is the first feature length documentary to explore the history of queer stand up comedy. The documentary considers the importance of LGBTQ+ stand up as a driver of social change over the past five decades, actively reflecting and challenging cultural norms and values. Ultimately, the film reveals that queer comedians — whether they intended to or not — helped change the world, one joke at a time.

Outstanding: A Comedy Revolution combines interviews, memorable stand up performances, archival materials, and verité footage featuring top LGBTQ+ comedians including Lily Tomlin, Sandra Bernhard, Wanda Sykes, Eddie Izzard, Hannah Gadsby, Tig Notaro, Rosie O'Donnell, Margaret Cho, Bob The Drag Queen, and Trixie Mattel, among others.

Director Bio

Page Hurwitz - Director Page Hurwitz began her career as

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Scab Vendor

Sunday, July 7 at 7pm

Special Screening plus Post-Screening Q+A!

About the film

A documentary about the life and times of Jonathan Shaw, the famous celebrity tattoo artist who changed the world of tattooing in 1980’s New York and, at the height of his career, gave up everything to redeem himself through writing, eventually becoming the next Bukowski.

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Songs of Earth

Now Playing

MSPIFF43 Official Selection

About the film

With the dizzyingly beautiful mountain landscapes of Western Norway’s Oldedalen Valley as a monumental backdrop, documentary maker Margareth Olin’s 84-year-old father is our guide to the place where his family has lived side-by-side with nature for generations. Olin’s goal is to spend time with her father, walking in his footsteps and trying to understand him. It’s an exercise that he tells her will require a full year, making the four seasons a convenient structuring element for the documentary. As they walk, he tells his daughter stories of deadly avalanches, multiple weddings and his 55-year marriage to her mother. Meanwhile, the camera soars over fjords and frozen lakes, tree-lined hills and ancient glaciers. Made for the big screen, the film, like a zen koan, is an experiential meditation that washes over its view

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Thelma

Starts June 21

MSPIFF43 Official Selection

The feature directorial debut of Josh Margolin, Thelma is a poignant action-comedy that gives veteran Oscar® nominee June Squibb (Nebraska and star of Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming directorial debut Eleanor the Great) her first leading role and features the final performance of trailblazing actor Richard Roundtree (Shaft). Squibb, who did most of her own stunts in the film, plays Thelma Post, a feisty 93-year-old grandmother who gets conned by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson (The White Lotus’ Fred Hechinger) and sets out on a treacherous quest across Los Angeles, accompanied by an aging friend (Roundtree) and his motorized scooter, to reclaim what was taken from her. Parker Posey, Clark Gregg, and Malcolm McDowell also star.

Inspired by a real-life experience of Margolin’s own grandmother, Thelma puts a clever spin on movies like

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Tuesday

Now Playing

MSPIFF43 Official Selection

A mother (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in a profoundly moving performance) and her teenage daughter (Lola Petticrew) must confront Death when it arrives in the form of an astonishing talking bird. From debut filmmaker Daina O. Pusic, Tuesday is a heart-rending fairy tale about the echoes of loss and finding resilience in the unexpected.

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