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American Fiction

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American Fiction is Cord Jefferson's hilarious directorial debut, which confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from "Black" entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish "Black" book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.

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Capri First Thursday Films: Mother of George

Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 PM | First Thursday Films @ the Capri | Capri Theater

Post-screening community conversation with E.G. Bailey and MSP Film Programmer, Craig Laurence Rice. Adenike and Ayodele (The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira and veteran actor Isaach De Bankolé) are a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. Following the joyous celebration of the their wedding, complications arise out of their inability to conceive a child. Acclaimed director Andrew Dosumnu (Restless City) captures the nuances of this unique and fascinating culture by creating a beautiful, vibrant, and moving portrait of a couple whose joys and struggles are at once intimate and universal.

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The Black Box (La caja negra)

Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema

Cuban filmmaker Enrique "Kiki" Alvarez’s latest feature paints a slow-burning love story set in the years immediately following the Cuban Revolution in January of 1959. The Black Box is a secret diary written by Elsa, and read by her granddaughter several decades later.

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The World of Nelsito (El Mundo de Nelsito)

Thursday, March 7 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema

Nelsito is a young man of humble origins who has an unnamed disability. At one moment, he sees that the door has been left open, and takes advantage of it to go out on the street, where he suffers an accident. That trip outside is a kind of liberation for him, since it opens a secret door which he alone has access to.

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Castro's Spies

Thursday, March 14 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema

This film is a thrilling true story of a selected group of Cuban spies sent undercover to the US in the 1990s. From their recruitment, training and eventual capture on US soil; this film peers into a secret world of false identities, love affairs and betrayal.

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Thursday, March 21 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema

Its hero, is a gay hairdresser who dreams of becoming a drag entertainer at the nightclub where he coifs the noisy, squabbling divas. His mother is dead and his father abandoned him, he lives in a slum. His father, a former boxer released from prison reappears and his. initial reaction to his son’s homosexuality and fondness for drag is all too predictable.

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Sisters of the Heart (Hermanas del corazon)

Thursday, March 28 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema

This documentary covers the origins of the Oblate Sisters of Providence and it is dedicated to the work of the Oblates in Cuba. Religious education – Catholic – was accompanied by a requirement for preparation to face a society full of discrimination based on skin color.

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Habana Blues

Thursday, April 4 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema

This is a Spanish and Cuban film which tells the story of two young musicians in Cuba, Ruy and Tito, whose music is a mix of traditional Cuban music and more modern music such as rap, get a chance at an international breakthrough through a Spanish record company, but they would have to change their Cuba-themed lyrics to cater to an international audience.

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Drive-Away Dolls

Films That Fueled Drive-Away Dolls Free Screening February 18 at 7pm | Starts February 22 | The Main Cinema

Written by Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke, this comedy caper follows Jamie, an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian who desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way.

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Dune: Part Two

Starts February 29 | The Main Cinema

The saga continues as award-winning filmmaker Denis Villeneuve embarks on Dune: Part Two, the next chapter of Frank Herbert’s celebrated novel Dune, with an expanded all-star international ensemble cast.

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La Chimera (Aperitivo Italiano & Opening Night Film)

Thursday, February 29 at 7:30pm | The Main Cinema

Aperitivo Italiano & Opening Night Film. Includes Aperitivo Italiano from 6:00 to 7:00 PM: Drinks, Appetizers and Great Company! MINNESOTA PREMIERE Alice Rohwacher, one of the most acclaimed women voices of international auteur cinema, addresses with La Chimera one of the broadest questions to affect Italy and other countries that are cradles of ancient civilisations: the illicit trading of archaeological treasures. In Rohrwacher’s distinctive style, La Chimera is a free spirited, whimsical, fantasy-comedy of lost love: poetic, bustling and teeming with life, with characters fighting, singing, thieving and breaking the fourth wall to address the audience directly.

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La Stranezza (Strangeness)

Friday, March 1 at 1:30pm | The Main Cinema

Introduction by Pieranna Garavaso, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, University of Minnesota Morris. MINNESOTA PREMIERE How did one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century conceive his all time masterpiece? Roberto Andò’s film creatively imagines the answer to this question, blending gracefully drama and comedy, high and popular art. La Stranezza is a delightfully irreverent tribute to the curious inspirations underlying creative achievement, a gentle fantasy and, as Andò himself puts it, "a film about theater which examines the audience too."

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Nata Per Te (Born For You)

Friday, March 1 at 6:00pm | The Main Cinema

Q&A with Director Fabio Mollo, connecting live from Italy. U.S. PREMIERE The true story of an adoption that shook all of Italy. A touching and emotionally rewarding journey in which courage and love prove to be, once again, essential. But how much is society willing to change?

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Friday, March 1 at 9:00pm | The Main Cinema

U.S. PREMIERE Adagio is that very rare example of an Italian crime thriller. Visually stunning and suspenseful, it offers an unusual dystopian insight on Rome, and features the most incredible and award winning cast of Italian Cinema (Pierfrancesco Favino, Toni Servillo, Valerio Mastrandrea, Adriano Giannini).

The film premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival in 2023 and IFF is proud to host its U.S. Premiere.

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C’eravamo Tanto Amati (We All Loved Each Other So Much)

Saturday, March 2 at 11:00am | The Main Cinema

Q&A with Prof. Lorenzo Fabbri, Department of French and Italian, University of Minnesota. At the same time one of the highest achievements and final examples of the Commedia all’Italiana, C’eravamo Tanto Amati depicts Italy’s socio-cultural history from the ‘50s to the ‘70s with sharp political teeth. Ettore Scola’s masterpiece is not only the quintessential, soul-stirring Italian generational film, but also a film about the influence of cinema and television on everyone’s life (watch out for extraordinary cameos by Fellini, Mastroianni, and tv quiz star Mike Buongiorno as themselves). Moreover, the film is dedicated to Vittorio De Sica.

Winner of three Nastri d’Argento in 1975 for Bes

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Saturday, March 2 at 2:00pm | The Main Cinema

Q&A with Director Carolina Cavalli, connecting live from Italy. MINNESOTA PREMIERE As far as the twenty-four-year-old Amanda can remember, she has never had friends. It’s the thing she desires most and she is on a definite mission to find her bestie. A stylish, unconventional and confident first feature, Amanda is an eccentric, eye-catching, quirky, absurdist, existential comedy as endearing as its main character can be unnerving and enraging.

The film premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival and made no. 15 in The Guardian’s 50 Best films of 2023 list.

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Grazie Ragazzi (Thank You Guys)

Saturday, March 2 at 5:00pm | The Main Cinema

MINNESOTA PREMIERE Amidst a job scarcity, passionate but often unemployed actor Antonio takes up an offer to teach a theater workshop in a prison. Antonio soon discovers hidden talent among the inmates, and a triumphant journey unfolds. From Riccardo Milani, one of our audience’s favorite directors (Come Un Gatto In Tangenziale, Corro Da Te), comes a crowd pleasing and heartwarming comedy on the therapeutic power of art.

Winner for Best Actor in a Comedy (Antonio Albanese) at the Nastri d’Argento in 2023.

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Io Capitano

Saturday, March 2 at 7:45pm | The Main Cinema

MINNESOTA PREMIERE 2024 Oscar nominee for Best International Feature Film, Io Capitano is an epic odyssey from West Africa to Italy told through the eyes and experiences of Seydou and Moussa, two Senegalese teenage cousins who dream of reaching Europe for a brighter future. Boasting Garrone's magical realism and his sensitive vision, Io Capitano stars two unforgettable newcomers who will break your heart, and it is undoubtedly Italy’s most urgent film of the year. IFF is extremely proud to offer its audience this exclusive premiere.

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8 1/2

Sunday, March 3 at 11:00am | The Main Cinema

Introduction by Artistic Director Tommaso Cammarano One of the greatest films of all times, and possibly the greatest film about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s marks the moment when the director abandoned realism to embrace self-reflexivity, pioneering a stream-of-consciousness/ avant-garde/surrealist style that darts exuberantly among flashbacks, dream sequences, and carnivalesque reality, turning one man’s artistic crisis into the most visionary, exciting and mind blowing grand epic of cinema.

The film won numerous awards in 1963 and 1964, among which the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Costume Design, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Lan

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Sunday, March 3 at 2:15pm | The Main Cinema

Q&A with Director Ivano De Matteo, connecting live from Italy. U.S. PREMIERE
The film won the Ciak D’Oro for best picture (drama) of 2023.
The life of a happy middle-class family takes a tumultuous turn when a manipulative young man enters the scene and starts dating Mia, the teenage daughter. How far will the girl's father go to protect her?

Mia is a tight, gut-wrenching, intense and timely reflection on bullism, toxic relationships and abuse which will suck you in and leave you at a loss of words.

The film received two nominations at the Nastri D’Argento for Best Actor Edoardo Leo, and Best Screenplay for Ivano De Matteo and Valentina Ferlan in 2023.

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Il Sol Dell’avvenire (A Brighter Tomorrow)

Sunday, March 3 at 5:15pm | The Main Cinema

In this classic Moretti dramedy, Giovanni, a renowned Italian filmmaker, is about to start shooting a political film. But between his marriage in crisis, his co-producer on the verge of bankruptcy and the rapidly changing film industry, everything seems to be working against him. Always on the edge, Giovanni will have to rethink his way of doing things if he wants to lead his little world towards a brighter tomorrow.

From acclaimed director, screenwriter, actor, and producer Nanni Moretti, winner of the Palme d’Or (2001, La stanza del figlio), Silver Bear (1986, La messa è finita), Silver Lion (1981, Sogni d’oro), and three David Di Donatello for Best

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Settembre (September)

Sunday, March 3 at 7:45pm | The Main Cinema

MINNESOTA PREMIERE Over the month of September, three women spanning various ages come to the realization that the lives they currently lead fall short of their envisioned dreams. Winner of two David Di Donatello awards for Best New Director and Best Lead Actress (Barbara Ronchi), Settembre paints delicate portraits of women, presenting a sweet, uplifting and funny story that ultimately reminds us that happiness, despite appearing elusive, remains an ever-present possibility.

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Io Capitano

Starts March 8 | The Main Cinema

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film (Italy). In this acclaimed film which won top directing and acting prizes at the Venice Film Festival, writer-director Matteo Garrone presents a “reverse shot” of the immigration experience while unfurling an epic, cinematographically magnificent odyssey from West Africa to Italy.

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Midnight Mayhem: Killer Condom

Midnight Mayhem: Saturday, June 1 at 10:00 PM | The Main Cinema

Based on the best-selling adult comic by Germany's Ralf König and featuring special effects by notorious splatter master Jörg Buttgereit and creative consulting from the legendary H. R. Giger, Martin Walz's Killer Condom is a delirious queer horror comedy, newly restored to its unseen original director's cut.

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Midnight Mayhem: Leprechaun

Midnight Mayhem: Saturday, March 2 at 10:00 PM | The Main Cinema

A horrific Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) goes on a rampage after his precious bag of gold coins is stolen. He uses all of his magical destructive powers to trick, terrorize and kill anyone who is unlucky enough to hinder his relentless search. In a frantic attempt to survive the wrath of the Leprechaun, Tori (Jennifer Aniston) and her friends scramble to find the only weapon known to kill thisIrish monster...a four leaf clover.

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Midnight Mayhem: Little Shop Of Horrors: The Director's Cut

Midnight Mayhem: Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 PM | The Main Cinema

A skid-row florist's "mean green mother" of a monster plant is the center of "the looniest, nuttiest, most outrageous movie musical comedy in years." The Director’s Cut featuring the newly restored 20-minute alternate ending.

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Midnight Mayhem: Road House

Midnight Mayhem: Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 PM | The Main Cinema

Dalton (Patrick Swayze) is a true gentleman with a degree in philosophy from NYU. He also has a flip side - he's the best bar bouncer in the business. When Dalton's brought in to clean up a popular establishment that become particularly rowdy, his calm is put to the test by the town bully, in this throwback to the great westerns of the 40's and 50's.

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While investigating the global phenomenon of caste and its dark influence on society, a journalist faces unfathomable loss and uncovers the beauty of love and human resilience. Inspired by the New York Times best-seller "Caste" by Isabel Wilkerson and starring Academy Award nominee Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor ("King Richard"), Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay's Origin explores the mystery of history, the wonders of romance and a fight for our future.

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2024 Oscar Nominated Short Films - Animation

Starts February 16 | The Main Cinema

Presenting all five Oscar® Nominated Live Animated Short Films.

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2024 Oscar Nominated Short Films - Documentary

Starts February 16 | The Main Cinema

Presenting all five Oscar® Nominated Documentary Short Films.

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2024 Oscar Nominated Short Films - Live Action

Starts February 16 | The Main Cinema

Presenting all five Oscar® Nominated Live Action Short Films.

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Poor Things

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From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

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Robot Dreams

Special One-Night Screening | March 6 at 7pm | The Main Cinema

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. DOG lives in Manhattan and he's tired of being alone. One day he decides to build himself a robot, a companion. Their friendship blossoms, until they become inseparable, to the rhythm of 80s NYC. One summer night, DOG, with great sadness, is forced to abandon ROBOT at the beach. Will they ever meet again?

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Black History Month Screening Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema

Join MSP Film Society and OutFront Minnesota for a special Black History Month screening of Rustin, followed by a community conversation.

Bayard Rustin was the architect of 1963’s March on Washington. He challenged authority and never apologized for who he was, but was forgotten despite making history. Rustin spotlights the man who, alongside Martin Luther King Jr., dared to imagine a different world and inspired a movement.

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The Taste of Things (La passion de Dodin Bouffant)

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Official Selection for France - Best International Feature Film, 96th Academy Awards Set in France in 1889, the film follows the life of Dodin Bouffant (Benoît Magimel) as a chef living with his personal cook and lover Eugénie (Juliette Binoche). They share a long history of gastronomy and love but Eugénie refuses to marry Dodin, so the food lover decides to do something he has never done before: cook for her.

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The Teachers' Lounge

Starts February 23 | The Main Cinema

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film (Germany). An idealistic middle school teacher who advocates for a student accused of stealing becomes embroiled in conflict when she becomes the target of a theft herself.

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The Zone of Interest

Now Playing | February Cinema Club | The Main Cinema

The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Ho¨ss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.

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