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About Dry Grasses

Samet is disillusioned. A teacher in remote Turkey, for his years of work he’s accused of inappropriate behavior by a student. In love with a politically active teacher from another town, Samet ponders the meaning of his life.

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Amal

A Brussels high school literature instructor tries to inculcate a love of reading and freedom of expression as well as a sense of cohesion amongst her diverse class, but some of the students come from a fundamentalist background. –Alissa Simon

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Animalia

Itto is a pregnant woman from a modest background, married to an extremely wealthy man in Morocco. When he travels for business, she’s able to stop putting on airs–but when nationwide mysterious phenomena arise, will Itto adapt or succumb?

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Art For Everybody

Everyone knows Thomas Kinkade, the “Painter of Light” (insert trademark logo here), who rocketed to success in the ‘90s and whose paintings were sold in malls everywhere. But when he died in 2012, his daughters uncovered a trove of darker works, which revealed a man they never really knew.

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Perhaps the last great western, The Assassination of Jesse James boasts an incredible cast, a brilliant and moving script, and, of course, Roger Deakins’ lush cinematography, which beautifully evoked 19th Century America, earning him another Oscar nomination.

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Bad Actor

It’s the dream of a lifetime–Sandra and Daniel are burgeoning actors making a film with a top-shelf director. But when they begin an intimate scene and Daniel crosses a line, no one will ever be the same.

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Bad Press

Mvskoke Media is the free press of the Muscogee Nation, the fourth largest Native American tribe in the country. That is, until 2018, when the tribal government repeals laws to protect the free press, in an effort to silence criticism.

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The Beast

Starts April 26

MSPIFF43 Official Selection

The year is 2044: artificial intelligence controls all facets of a stoic society as humans routinely "erase" their feelings. Hoping to eliminate pain caused by their past-life romances, Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) continually falls in love with different incarnations of Louis (George MacKay). Set first in Belle Époque-era Paris, Louis is a British man who woos her away from a cold husband, then in early 21st Century Los Angeles, he is a disturbed American bent on delivering violent "retribution." Will the process allow Gabrielle to fully connect with Louis in the present, or are the two doomed to repeat their previous fates? Visually audacious director Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama) fashions his most accomplished film to date: a sci-fi epic, inspired by Henry James’ turn-of-the-century novella, suffused with mounting dread and a haunting sense of mystery. Punctuated by a career-defini

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The Beast

2044: Gabrielle is terrified of her emotions. To suppress them, she undergoes a surgical process to extract past lives from her DNA. But when she meets Louis, she realizes that her fate, and those troubling emotions, are inexorably linked with his.

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Behind the Mist

Iván Vallejo and Sebastián Cordero are Ecuadorian climbers and filmmakers, respectively. Together they begin a documentary of Vallejo’s ascent to the top of Mt. Everest, but as they climb higher, their vision of the film differs radically, and dangerously.

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Big Dreams

Inspired by the 1998 Olympics, 11-year-old Dom imagines himself a star goalie. In this Bad News Bears style dramedy, a disparate group of small town Czech kids form a makeshift hockey team to prove that no dream is too big. Age 10+ –Deb Girdwood

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Blaga's Lessons

The director of the festival favorite The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner completes his trilogy on social problems and moral ills in contemporary Bulgaria with this cautionary drama about an older woman duped by a telephone scam aimed at the country’s pensioners. –Alissa Simon

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The Blue Star

Based on the life of Mauricio Aznar, an enigmatic Spanish rock musician who, fatigued by his own music, traveled to Latin America for inspiration. There, he met Don Carlos, who rekindled his love for music with his unconventional style. 

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Book Signing with Roger & James Deakins

BYWAYS BOOK SIGNING

Purchase a copy of Byways (Damiani, 2021), Roger Deakins’ hardcover collection of photography, and meet Roger & James Deakins at the book signing.

After graduating from college Deakins spent a year photographing life in rural North Devon, in Southwest England, on a commission for the Beaford Arts Centre; these images are gathered here for the first time and attest to a keenly ironic English sensibility, while also documenting a vanished postwar Britain. A second suite of images expresses Deakins’ love of the seaside. Traveling for his cinematic work has allowed Deakins to photograph landscapes all over the world; in this third group of images, that same irony remains evident.

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This is a ticketed event to moderate attendance. Ticket price includes price of the book and space during one of the allotted starting times (every 30 minutes).

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Brief History of a Family

When popular and wealthy student Wei accidentally hits Shuo, his introverted classmate, with a ball, they strike up an unlikely friendship. As Shou spends more time at Wei’s house, Shou slowly transforms from an awkward fish-out-of-water to a comfortable surrogate member of Wei’s family. 

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The Buriti Flower

The Krahô are the indigenous people of Northern Brazil. In The Buruti Flower, directors João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora present four tales, cinematic representations of the Krahô’s oral histories, detailing four tragic events from this people's history.

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Catching Fire: The Story Of Anita Pallenberg

In the 1960s and 70s, Anita Pallenberg was a style icon, actress, and muse. Using her unpublished memoir as a basis, this brilliant documentary shows her impact on The Rolling Stones, cinema, fashion, and reveals a woman ahead of her time.

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Chicken for Linda!

This gorgeous, boldly painted animated feature is a delightfully French slapstick comedy about a frazzled single mother going to outrageous lengths to get a chicken for her plucky 8-year-old daughter, Linda. Expect the unexpected. Age 10+ –Deb Girdwood

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City of Wind

Ze is a typical high-school student–confused, troubled and rebellious–but he is also the village shaman. When Ze helps a teenage girl during a ceremony, he falls in love, which threatens his shamanic path.

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Claire Facing North

Claire returns to Iceland on a solo trip, intending to confront her past and tend to a difficult task. There she meets Iris, a young, irreverent, somewhat irresponsible hitchhiker, and together they forge a bond neither will soon forget. Minnesota filmmaker Lynn Lukkas’ debut feature is a moving portrait of self-discovery and healing.

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Cold

Óðinn Hafsteinsson is an investigator and single father living with his 13-year-old daughter, Rún, who witnessed her mother’s suicide. As Óðinn investigates mysterious deaths at a juvenile treatment center, he begins to wonder if these seemingly unrelated cases are connected.

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The Convert

Set in New Zealand in the 1830s, this breathtaking revisionist Western stars Guy Pearce as a mysterious lay preacher who arrives at a British settlement, only to find himself at the center of a war between Maori tribes. –Alissa Simon

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Copa 71

Years before the first Women’s World Cup in 1991 was COPA 71: a hundred thousand people packed into Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium to watch the world’s finest female soccer players compete for the world title, an event lost to history. Until now.

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Critical Zone

Amir drives through Tehran in the night, dealing drugs and talking to the users, prostitutes, pimps, people in physical pain and other troubled souls. With his dog, he contemplates his loneliness and his, and his country’s, future.

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Days of Happiness

Emma is one of the shining stars in Quebec’s classical music scene. Her father, Patrick, her agent, controls her every move. Until Naëlle, a cellist and single mother, enters the picture, and Emma sees a whole new world unfold.

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A Difficult Year

Albert and Bruno are debt-ridden friends always looking for ways to cadge free stuff. One day they stumble on an environmental activist group offering free food and brews, and they slip in, and immediately sense a way to scam these true believers.

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Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World

Radu Jude’s bizarre and radical film sees Angela juggling two jobs: the first as a film production assistant, and the second as her infamous face-filtered, foul-mouthed, misogynistic TikTok alter ego Bobita–an act of defiance that punches with anger, poise and absurdity. 

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Elaha

Elaha is a young Kurdish-German woman torn between unconditional love for her family and her own aspirations in life. Ultimately, she must decide: tell the truth or live a lie. A compelling drama about emancipation. –Alissa Simon

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The Electric Indian

Henry Boucha was a legendary hockey player from Warroad, MN and member of the Ojibwe Nation, playing in the NHL and the USA Olympic team before he was assaulted on the ice. Temporarily lost without his hockey career, he was forced to start again off the ice.

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Evil Does Not Exist

Takumi is a single dad to his daughter, Hana. Life is hard in their village but peaceful. However, when a Tokyo company descends on the village with the intent of building a “glamping” resort, the village will never be the same, with potentially devastating results. 

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The Fall Guy

Starts May 2

He’s a stuntman, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy and try to win back the love of his life while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right?

From real life stunt man and director David Leitch, the blockbuster director of Bullet Train, Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and the producer of John Wick, Nobody and Violent Night, comes his most personal film yet. A new hilarious, hard-driving, all-star apex-action thriller and love letter to action movies and the hard-working and under-appreciated crew of people who make them: The Fall Guy.

Oscar® nominee Ryan Gosling

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Fargo - In Conversation with Roger & James Deakins

IN CONVERSATION & FARGO SCREENING

Join us for a film conversation, with Roger Deakins & collaborator James Deakins, and a screening o thef Oscar winning movie Fargo.

Tickets for these events are on sale for MSP Film Society members now thru this weekend. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Monday, March 18th.

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An instant classic when it was released in 1996, and Minnesota’s most famous film, Fargo is often overlooked for its stunning visuals. Roger Deakins’ camera captured our frigid landscape better than anyone before or since, and earned his second Oscar nomination.

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The Fishing Hat Bandit

Known as “the Fishing Hat Bandit” when he robbed 23 banks in Minnesota over 18 months in the early 2000s, John Whitrock’s story unfolds in utterly surprising ways in director Mark Brown’s riveting documentary.

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Flipside

When filmmaker Chris Wilcha revisits the record store he worked at as a teenager, he finds the once-thriving bastion of music and weirdness from his youth falling apart. Flipside documents his tragicomic attempt to revive the store while revisiting other documentary projects he has abandoned over the years.

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Foremost By Night

When Vera was young, she gave up her baby for adoption. Now, years later, she navigates Spain’s callous bureaucracy trying to find her biological son. Víctor Iriarte's visionary debut feature is a mysterious neo-noir experience.

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Gassed Up

Ash needs money. He’s trying to support his younger sister and his mother needs rehab. His back against the wall, he joins Dubz’s gang, zooming around London engaging in petty crime… until he finds himself on the wrong side of Armenian gangsters.

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Ghostlight

Closing Night Film. When melancholic construction worker Dan finds himself drifting from his wife and daughter, he unwittingly joins a local theater’s production of Romeo and Juliet, where he discovers community and purpose. 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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Grace

Grace and her father are in pain. Grieving the loss of her mother and his wife, they travel across Russia in a beat-up old van, screening movies to rural crowds and eking out a living in Ilya Povolotsky’s subtle and moving tale.

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The Gullspång Miracle

Sometimes truth is even stranger than fiction. In this riveting Scandinavian documentary bloodline mysteries meet true crime as the filmmaker follows the twists and turns in a Norwegian family’s unexpected reconfiguration. –Alissa Simon

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Handling the Undead

Three families struggling with profound grief are stunned when the dead rise again–are their loved ones truly home? Or is this a new form of terror? From the creator of Let the Right One In.

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Hesitation Wound

In the provincial town of Usak, a tightly-wound criminal defense attorney juggles urgent matters on the job and within her family in this engrossing drama. This finely-tuned second feature is a superior example of new Turkish filmmaking. –Alissa Simon

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High & Low: John Galliano

In fashion circles, the name John Galliano is fraught with contrasts: one of the highest profile fashion designers, an icon of British culture, and a man whose antisemitic outburst brought it all down. 

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Holiday

At only 20, Veronica has had more life than most people—having been found not guilty for the brutal murder of her mother, she retreats to her small hometown hoping to start her life anew.

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Holly

Holly skips high school on the day a fire breaks out, killing classmates. When she attends a support group and almost magically helps the grieving, the townspeople begin to demand more and more, driving her to the edge of madness.

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Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person

Sasha is a teenage vampire who just doesn’t want to kill humans. When her exasperated parents cut off her blood supply, Sasha’s life is in jeopardy. She meets Paul, a dour teenager, who’s eager to die to nourish his new friend.

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I Am Sirat

Sirat is a transgender woman who is caught between duty and self-determination. As Aman, she lives in New Delhi with her widowed mother as a son. But for herself, her friends and co-workers, she identifies as Sirat, the woman she has always felt she is.

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I Saw the TV Glow

Starts May 16

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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Igualada

In one of Latin America’s most unequal countries, Francia Márquez, a Black Colombian rural activist, challenges the status quo with a presidential campaign that reappropriates the

derogatory term “Igualada” — someone who acts as if they deserve rights that supposedly don’t correspond to them — and inspires a nation to dream.

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In Flames

With her father dead for years and her grandfather recently passed, medical student Mariam and her mother are without a financial and social safety net in a very patriarchal culture. Mariam’s imminent graduation could save them, but a series of calamities unleashes a haunting specter in her midst.

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In Our Day

Festival favorite Hong Sang-soo’s latest feature, his 30th, weaves together the seemingly unrelated stories of a former actress who is in retreat, and a middle-aged poet whose work is galvanizing to the younger generation. 

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In the Blind Spot

When a German documentary crew descends on a small Turkish village to interview a woman whose child vanished decades ago, they find themselves caught in what looks like supernatural circumstances. Shot from three perspectives, Ayse Polat’s thriller is riveting.

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In the Rearview

Alarmed by the Russian invasion, director Maciek Hamela bought a van and helped evacuate civilians. With his cameraperson (and driver), he captured the quotidian details of civilian life, and escape, during wartime in this intimate and heartbreaking documentary.

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Industry Night with Roger & James Deakins

MN FILM INDUSTRY NIGHT

MSP Film and CineMechanics invite you to a MN Film Industry night with acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins & collaborator James Deakins as they talk about Roger’s monumental career in cinematography, their photography book Byways (Damiani, 2021), and their popular cinematography podcast TEAM DEAKINS.

This in-person conversation will be moderated by on-set photographer Wilson Webb

Industry night is the perfect time to connect with your fellow Minnesota filmmakers.

Co-Presented by CineMechanics

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Janet Planet

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.

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Lady Like

The origin story of Lady Camden, the drag persona of Rex Wheeler, as they navigate the fame of being on RuPaul’s Drag Race and confront the ghosts of childhood trauma.

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Last Summer

Anne is a successful lawyer married to Pierre, a wonderful man who has adopted two daughters and has a 17-year-old son, Théo. When the boy returns to living with Pierre, Anne cannot help but fall in love with him. 

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Lies We Tell

This taut 19th century thriller, crackling with tension, pits smart but stubborn young heiress Maud against her scheming guardian Uncle Silas, his odious son, spoiled daughter and daughter’s sinister governess. –Alissa Simon

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Limbo

Troubled detective Travis Hurley is tasked with solving a 20-year-old cold case in the remote Australian outback. An Indigenous girl was murdered, her killer still in town. But is Hurley helping, or causing more emotional damage to Charlotte’s family?

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Love is a Gun

Sweet Potato is doing his best to rehabilitate–working in a small shop by the sea and laying low and trying to go straight after a stint in prison. When his old crime boss wants him back, he’s not going to run, but fight.

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Mad About the Boy: The Noel Coward Story

Noël Coward–songwriter, playwright, singer, actor, spy–possessing tremendous talent… and contradictions. A gay icon terrified of being outed, who knew he wanted to be a star at age two, he charmed the world and hid his secrets well.

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Madame Luna

This social-issues thriller asks the question “What price, survival?” as Eritrean fugitive Almaz (Meninet Abraha Teferi) arrives in Italy on a boat of refugees. As in director Espinosa’s best films, Madame Luna finds the humanity in morally compromised characters. –Alissa Simon

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Maestra

Following the buzz surrounding the Leonard Bernstein bio-pic Maestro, the informative documentary Maestra is even more compelling. It profiles five fiercely tenacious female orchestra conductors in the early stages of their careers who participate in France’s “La Maestra” competition. –Alissa Simon

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Mandoob

In the heart of Riyadh, Fahad Algadaani's gripping journey from a struggling delivery man to the depths of a city's underworld, as he battles to save his father amidst desperation and opportunity.

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Merchant Ivory

Their films were perennial Oscar nominees, showcases for some of the best actors in the world, and they delighted audiences everywhere. Merchant Ivory tells the story of the incredible creative team of James Ivory, Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. 

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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: 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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MMXX

From acclaimed filmmaker Cristi Puiu comes this quadriptych of tales about four different people enduring life in the eponymous year, one of the most fraught in human history. These seemingly unrelated short films perfectly capture life during the pandemic.

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Mother of All Lies, The

Asmae El Moudir’s grandmother Zahra always refused to get her photo taken. Seeking to understand her family’s past, El Moudir creates a miniature of their Casablanca neighborhood, and invites the family to reenact moments in the past, with eye-opening results.  

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Mountain Boy

Suhail is a young boy with Autism living alone in the mountains, in tune with nature and away from a father who does not understand him. Lost in a desert storm, a young girl meets Suhail, and the adventures begin. Age 10+ –Deb Girdwood

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Música!

Over the course of five years, Música! follows four young Cubans who view music as a way of life. Through music, they hope to find success and fulfillment, some choosing to remain in Cuba, and some seeking to venture out into the world beyond.

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The Nature of Love

Sophia and Xavier have been together for over a decade, but they seem like an old couple, comfortable more than passionate. When Xavier hires Sylvain, a charismatic and handsome contractor, the door to passion is opened to Sophia. 

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A New Kind of Wilderness

On a small farm in the Norwegian forest, the Payne family seeks a wild and free existence. They practice home-schooling and strive for a closely-knit family dynamic in harmony with nature. However, when tragedy unexpectedly strikes the family, it upends their idyllic world and forces them to forge a new path into modern society.

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No One Asked You

Comedian and disruptor-extraordinaire Lizz Winstead is angry–and she’s got good reason to be. With the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, she and her group Abortion Access Front are rolling up their sleeves and taking the fight to the streets to secure abortion freedoms across the US.

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The Old Oak

County Durham used to thrive, but now the town, and its favorite pub, The Old Oak, are winding down. But when pub owner TJ and a young Syrian woman named Yara begin to form a friendship, hope once again emerges.

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Once Again (for the very first time)

DeRay, a legendary street dancer, falls from the sky to land on the doorstep of his true love, the poet Naima. Boaz Yakin’s beautifully surreal film fuses rap, poetry, dance, and bold visuals to create a dreamlike cinematic fantasy.

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The Philadelphia Eleven

Screening + Discussion • May 14 at 7:00pm

Post Film Discussion Speakers:
Rev. Leonard Freeman:
Leonard Freeman, a veteran religious journalist, parish priest, and former head of communications for Washington National Cathedral and Trinity Church Wall Street, was the primary national church reporter for the Philadelphia 11 ordinations. He was also part of the national church communications team covering the 1976 General Convention that approved women’s ordination to the priesthood. He and Allison Cheek were classmates at Virginia Seminary.

Rev. Katherine Lewis: Katherine was ordained in 1996 and has served congregations in the Diocese of Southern Ohio and the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. She is currently the rector of St. David's in Minnetonka and is the Regional Dean for the Central and West Twin Cities metro areas. A vivid childhood memory of Katherine's was witnessing the protest of the ordination of a

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Porcelain War

Amidst the chaos and destruction of the brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine, three artists defiantly find inspiration and beauty as they defend their culture and their country. Porcelain War embodies the passion and fight that only an artist can put back into the world when it’s crumbling around them.

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Power

In the United States, police have been granted extraordinary power over our individual lives. In this sweeping documentary, director Yance Ford traces the accumulation of money, the consolidation of political power, and the nearly unrestricted bipartisan support that has created the institution of policing as we know it.

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Profe

The Latine community is the fastest growing ethnic group in Minnesota – a state that also claims one of the largest opportunity gaps in the country. Today, two independent public schools are tackling this challenge by implementing a decolonized, bilingual, culture-affirming system to serve Latine students. Profe mixes historical interviews, archival and present day-verité to paint a picture of the Latine educational revolution in Minnesota – one which started with the Chicano Movement in the 1970s and is continuing to have real impact in Latine students today.

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Property

Teresa lives in terrified seclusion. Needing a change, she retreats to her family’s rural estate, driving there in an armored car. When the exploited farm workers are pushed too far, they rise up, and she’s trapped in the vehicle. 

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The Queen of My Dreams

Azra is constantly at odds with her conservative mother. A lesbian, Azra just tries to get along, but when her beloved father suddenly dies, her grief plunges her into a Bollywood-style examination of her family’s past and present. 

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Remembering Every Night

Three women wander through a Tokyo suburb, and cross paths briefly but profoundly on a gorgeous summer’s day. Yui Kiyohara’s lyrical film captures, with Proustian detail, these women’s lives. 

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Richland

A US nuclear company town stakes its identity on its little-known atomic origin story in

this timely examination of the habits of thought that normalize the extraordinary

violence of the past.

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Romaissa

Discovering that she has secret superpowers, the extraordinary Romaissa and her best friend Lionel organize the tenants of their apartment building to fight a greedy Rotterdam developer and save their homes. Age 11+ –Deb Girdwood

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The Rye Horn

Maria is a midwife, who finds herself on the wrong side of the law in Franco’s Spain, so she flees to Portugal by boat and on foot. Risking her life she makes a decision that will change her life forever.

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Sequencing Hope

Directors Lindsey Seavert (Love Them First) and Maribeth Romslo (Raise Your Voice) return to MSPIFF with this intimate and often gut-wrenching portrait of an Alabama family grappling with a new frontier in medicine as their toddler becomes the first patient in the US to receive an experimental gene therapy treatment for a rare disease. 

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Shorts Program 07: Animation Round-Up

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Shorts Program 08: Creative + Community

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Shorts Program 09: Human Connection

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Shorts Program 10: Mortality

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Shoshana

Michael Winterbottom delivers his long-gestating political thriller/period romance. Set during Britain’s post-WWI administration of Palestine, it follows the fraught, cross-cultural relationship between a ranking member of the British Palestine Police Force and a young Jewish woman. –Alissa Simon

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Sira

En route to her wedding, Sira, a young Fulani woman, is attacked by Islamist terrorists, her family murdered. Left for dead, Sira retreats to a cave near the terrorist camp, and bides her time.

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Sleep

Hyun-su and Soo-jin are recently married, installed in a cozy apartment, and expecting their first child. But soon Hyun-su begins sleepwalking, his nightly sojourns becoming increasingly troubling until Soo-jin begins to wonder if her unborn child is his subconscious target.

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Snow Leopard

On the Tibetan plateau, a herder is enraged that a snow leopard has killed nine of his rams. Vowing to kill it, he is opposed by his brother, a monk, who believes he can communicate with the snow leopard.

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Solo

Simon is a rising star in Montreal’s drag queen scene. It’s love at first sight when he meets Olivier, the new recruit at the bar-show where he performs. While Simon believes he is living an electrifying love story, a toxic and destructive dynamic develops between them.

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Songs of Earth

With Norway’s beautiful mountain landscapes as a monumental backdrop, the filmmaker’s 84-year-old father is our guide to the place where his family has lived side-by-side with nature for generations. A stunningly cinematic work about life, death and nature. –Alissa Simon

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The Successor

When his father dies suddenly of a heart attack, Ellias, an up-and-coming Parisian fashion designer, is forced to return home only to discover secrets so horrifying they threaten to drag him from his gilded pedestal. 

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Swamp Dogg Gets His Pool Painted

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Sweet Dreams

When Jan, the owner of an Indonesian sugar plantation, dies suddenly, he leaves everything to his young illegitimate son that he had with his lover and housekeeper. His widow and his adult son have nothing to lose as they try to save their crumbling fortune. 

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Tehachapi

French artist JR gathered 40 inmates from Tehachapi prison to create another of his signature epic photo collages in their prison yard, hoping to tell the stories lost behind bars, bring a unifying power to the inmates, and give them a small amount of grace.

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Terrestrial Verses

Inspired by ghazal, a style of Persian poetry, Terrestrial Verses collects interviews with people from Iran as they navigate the perplexing bureaucracy that penetrates everyday life. From birth to death, these citizens try desperately, often with humor, to endure. 

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Thelma

Thelma Post (June Squibb) is a 93-years-old grandmother, and the victim of a phone scam. Thelma loses a lot of money, but… these scammers messed with the wrong nonagenarian. Enlisting a reluctant friend (the late Richard Roundtree) and his mobility scooter, Thelma is out to find the culprits.

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Tiger Stripes

The first amongst her friends to hit puberty, Zaffan, 12, discovers a terrifying secret about her body. Ostracized by her community, Zaffan fights back, learning that to be free she must embrace the body she feared, emerging as a proud, strong woman.

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Valentina or the Serenity

Raised in a close-knit Indigenous Mixtec community and inspired by comic books, superhero cape-wearing Valentina uses all her powers to prove that her father, who drowned in a nearby river, is still alive. Age 11+ –Deb Girdwood

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Victoria Must Go

Hedvig and Henrik are a pair of posh, overly coddled kids who normally get what they want. But there is a new sheriff in town in the form of their stepmother, Victoria. They both know one thing: Victoria must go.

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Watershed

When Mallory Weggemann was 18-years-old, she walked into an appointment for a routine medical procedure, and never walked out. Instead of allowing her newfound paralysis to become her life defining moment, she channeled her grief into the water, eventually becoming a five-time Paralympic gold medalist before facing equally insurmountable odds with her husband to become new parents.

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We Have Never Been Modern

The discovery of a dead intersex infant amidst the rubble in factory town in 1937 sends shockwaves through a society fixated on only one kind of progress. A masterfully-crafted drama about privilege, prejudice and gender identity. –Alissa Simon

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White Plastic Sky

In the future, humans live in a biodome, where, at age 50, they’re implanted with a seed that turns them into a tree for needed oxygen. One couple will defy this in Tibor Bánóczki and Sarolta Szabó’s animated dystopian film.

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Wildcat

Flannery O’Connor was one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century, a troubled soul whose intense Catholicism collided with the grotesqueries she witnessed in the mid-century American South. Maya Hawke plays O’Connor in Ethan Hawke’s unconventional bio-pic. 

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Without Air

Ana Bauch is a literature teacher in a small (and repressed) Hungarian town. When one of her students is caught watching a film she recommended, about the love affair between Rimbaud and Verlaine, the repercussions are calamitous.

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