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19B

Best of Fest Encore Screening

An abandoned villa’s elderly caretaker fights the intrusions of modern Egypt in 19B. His story highlights the changes taking place in contemporary Egypt as characters of different social strata struggle to find their place. Winner, Best Arab Film, Best Cinematography and the International Critics’ Prize, Cairo Film Festival. –Alissa Simon

Sun, Apr 23 7:35 PM
Mon, Apr 24 7:00 PM
Thu, May 4 1:30 PM
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20 Days In Mariupol

20 Days in Mariupol is the work of a team of Associated Press photographers, who cataloged the ferocious bombing of this Ukrainian city and its effect on the civilian population. “[A] salute to the enduring resilience of a people who refuse to surrender their home.” –Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

Tue, Apr 18 7:05 PM
Sun, Apr 23 11:00 AM
Tue, Apr 25 1:40 PM
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40 Below: The Toughest Race in the World

Best of Fest Encore Screening

What is the Arrowhead 135? Nothing more than one of the toughest, most dangerous races in the world. Run, bike, ski, you have to make it 135 miles in the coldest, most desolate areas in America, in the dead of January. And the participants wouldn’t change a thing.

Sat, Apr 15 6:45 PM
Sun, Apr 16 11:30 AM
Sun, Apr 23 11:00 AM
Thu, May 4 7:00 PM
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The Accident

Director Bruno Carboni’s debut feature is a shocking look at class conflicts and social media and was a festival favorite at the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia. “A compelling moral maze.” –James Luxford, Dirty Movies

Sat, Apr 22 9:30 PM
Mon, Apr 24 5:00 PM
Wed, Apr 26 4:40 PM
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Ajoomma

Best of Fest Encore Screening

He Shuming’s directorial debut wowed audiences at the Busan International Film Festival and was Singapore’s official entry for this year’s Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards. Ajoomma (Korean for ‘auntie’) is a heartwarming story of love and acceptance and… soap operas. 

Sat, Apr 15 7:05 PM
Sun, Apr 16 2:00 PM
Thu, Apr 20 7:00 PM
Sat, Apr 29 4:30 PM
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Alam

An appealing, naturalistic drama about a Palestinian-Israeli teen who comes to grips with his fraught heritage as a pretty, outspoken girl from his high school class catalyzes his political awakening. –Alissa Simon

Fri, Apr 14 1:45 PM
Wed, Apr 19 4:20 PM
Thu, Apr 27 1:40 PM
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Aliens Abducted My Parents And Now I Feel Kinda Left Out

Recommended ages 11+

When Itsy’s family moves from the city to the middle of nowhere, her life seems pretty much over until she meets her astronomy-obsessed neighbor, Calvin, aka the school oddball. Inspired by classic Spielberg but set in the 2020s, Aliens is a heart-warming sci-fi coming-of-age drama (think Stranger Things, but way less scary). –Deb Girdwood

Sun, Apr 16 3:20 PM
Sat, Apr 22 3:10 PM
Sun, Apr 23 1:00 PM
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The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster

Writer/director Bomani J. Story attending the 6:30pm screening on Saturday, April 15th at the Capri Theater.

“It has been a dream of mine to bring an adaptation of Frankenstein to film through the Black lens with a lead character as smart as my sister.” Director Bomani J. Story has done just that with The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster, a stunning and fresh take on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic.

Sat, Apr 15 6:30 PM
Sat, Apr 22 9:40 PM
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Ashkal: The Tunisian Investigation

An ambitious, haunting attempt to use genre filmmaking to reflect on the recent history of Tunisia, Ashkal: The Tunisian Investigation features a tenacious female investigator in a mystery thriller involving a burned body that blends police procedural tropes with disquieting elements of allegorical horror. – Alissa Simon

Sat, Apr 15 9:45 PM
Thu, Apr 20 9:50 PM
Thu, Apr 27 7:10 PM
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The Beasts

A tense rural thriller that recalls films by John Boorman or Sam Peckinpah, but with a modern twist and a surprising narrative structure, The Beasts swept nine prizes including best film, director, and original screenplay at 37th Goya Awards (Spain’s Oscars). –Alissa Simon

Sat, Apr 15 3:50 PM
Fri, Apr 21 4:10 PM
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Beautiful Beings

For his impressive sophomore feature, director-writer Gu?mundsson returns to the subject of Heartstone (MSPIFF 2017): fraught adolescent friendships and difficult family lives. A savagely bullied youth forms a tentative rapport with a trio of tough outsiders. Together, they experiment with aggression and violence, but also learn about loyalty and love. –Alissa Simon

Fri, Apr 14 1:40 PM
Tue, Apr 18 4:20 PM
Thu, Apr 20 9:40 PM
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Before, Now & Then

Director Kamila Andini calls Before, Now & Then, “a simple period film,” but Indonesia’s tragic history reverberates throughout this tale of a woman’s lost love and her eventual redemption. “[A]n intoxicating work that holds the viewer in a tight, loving embrace that won’t let go.” –Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

Fri, Apr 14 7:16 PM
Fri, Apr 21 1:16 PM
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Being Mary Tyler Moore

Director James Adolphus attending.

With unprecedented access to the Mary Tyler Moore Estate, friends, family, and colleagues, Being Mary Tyler Moore constructs an intimate mosaic of Mary's sixty-year career in show business and is a must-see for Minnesotans and fans of the long-running TV show.

Sat, Apr 22 6:45 PM
Sun, Apr 23 1:50 PM
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Birth/Rebirth

Director Laura Moss Attending 4/19.

Rose is not a fan of people, but loves working on their dead bodies as a pathologist. Celie is a maternity nurse with a precocious six-year-old. In director Laura Moss’ debut, a stunning riff on Frankenstein, their two worlds collide with terrifying effect. 

Sat, Apr 15 9:35 PM
Wed, Apr 19 7:00 PM
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Black Art: In the Absence of Light

Inspired by the work of the late artist and curator David Driskell, this vital and illuminating documentary spotlights the indelible contributions of some of the foremost Black American artists in today's contemporary art world, including Theaster Gates, Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald, and many more.

Thu, Apr 20 4:40 PM
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The Black Pharaoh, the Savage, and the Princess

Recommended ages 9+

Take a trip through time with exquisite animation from Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Dilili in Paris). Three magical tales celebrate the power of love and ingenuity, featuring a Sudanese nobleman, a mysterious orphan living in the wild, and a young beignet-maker doing all he can to meet the Rose Princess. –Deb Girdwood

Sat, Apr 15 11:10 AM
Sat, Apr 22 1:30 PM
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BlackBerry

An irreverent look at the incredible rise and stunning fall of the world’s first smartphone. Writer/director Matt Johnson is joined on screen by Jay Baruchel (This Is the End) and Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) in outstanding seriocomic turns that have us rooting for the doomed misfits behind this incredible true story.

Fri, Apr 14 9:30 PM
Wed, Apr 19 7:05 PM
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The Blue Caftan

The closeted homosexuality of a married tailor who falls for his apprentice in the medina of Salé makes for daring content; daring because same-sex sexual relationships are illegal in Morocco. This sensitive, humanist drama captured a critics’ award at Cannes as well as numerous audience awards during its festival travels.–Alissa Simon 

Mon, Apr 17 7:05 PM
Fri, Apr 21 1:00 PM
Mon, Apr 24 1:00 PM
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Blue Jean

In 1988, closeted gym teacher Jean lives in fear of Section 28, a clause of the Local Government Act prohibiting “the promotion of homosexuality” by local authorities across the United Kingdom. Her out-and-proud girlfriend fails to sympathize. Soon, a new girl at school catalyzes a crisis. Winner, Audience Award, Venice Days, Venice Film Festival –Alissa Simon

Thu, Apr 13 7:30 PM
Fri, Apr 21 9:55 PM
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Bobi Wine: The People's President

Tired of the corrupt politicians driving Uganda into the ground, pop star Robert Kyagulanyi, Bobi Wine to his millions of adoring fans, makes a daring run for president in directors Moses Bwayo and Christopher Sharp’s rousing documentary. 

Thu, Apr 20 4:20 PM
Wed, Apr 26 4:30 PM
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Burning Days

Emre, a young and dedicated prosecutor, is newly appointed to a small town hit by a water crisis and political scandals. After an initial welcome, he experiences an increasing number of tense interactions and is reluctantly dragged into local politics. 

Sat, Apr 15 1:45 PM
Thu, Apr 20 1:30 PM
Wed, Apr 26 6:45 PM
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Cairo Conspiracy

From Tarik Saleh, the director of the award-winning The Nile Hilton Incident, comes a bold, nuanced thriller set in a complex world Westerners rarely see. It centers on a gifted student from a small village who is offered a scholarship to Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the power epicenter of Sunni Islam. –Alissa Simon

Fri, Apr 14 4:00 PM
Mon, Apr 17 1:10 PM
Thu, Apr 20 9:35 PM
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Chevalier

Inspired by the incredible true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne (Kelvin Harrison Jr. in a tour de force performance) rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) and her court. –Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures

Sun, Apr 16 7:30 PM
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A Compassionate Spy

From acclaimed documentary filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) comes this fascinating look at Theodore Hall, the youngest physicist on the Manhattan Project… and a former Soviet spy. Featuring interviews with Hall and his wife of over 50 years, A Compassionate Spy is a tale of espionage, romance, and profound moral questions.

Sun, Apr 16 7:00 PM
Fri, Apr 21 1:40 PM
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Concerned Citizen

Architect Ben thinks of himself as a socially progressive, enlightened gay man. But an interaction with neighbors in his gritty south Tel Aviv neighborhood challenges his view of himself. A smartly crafted, multi-layered satire about racial privilege, xenophobia and identity. –Alissa Simon

Sun, Apr 16 5:10 PM
Tue, Apr 18 1:20 PM
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Cue the Strings - a film about Low

Best of Fest Encore Screening

Cue the Strings - a film about Low follows the entire 29 year career of the iconic band Low and their relationship with director Philip Harder. Harder went into his vaults and reassembled all of his music videos, including outtakes and behind the scenes footage. Low leaves the stage for the final time in their hometown of Duluth in September 2022.

Fri, Apr 21 7:10 PM
Sat, Apr 22 4:20 PM
Fri, Apr 28 7:00 PM
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The Damned Don't Cry

Best of Fest Encore Screening

After his well-received feature debut Lynn + Lucy, Fyzal Boulifa, a UK director of Moroccan heritage, combines melodrama, neo-realism and sexual frankness to compelling effect in the story of a single mother and her teen son on the fringes of society. Winner, New Voices New Visions, Palm Springs Film Festival –Alissa Simon

Sat, Apr 15 11:00 AM
Sat, Apr 22 9:20 PM
Wed, Apr 26 7:15 PM
Fri, Apr 28 2:00 PM
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Dancing Queen

Best of Fest Encore Screening

Recommended ages 12+

Shy Mina does a 180 and leaps into the audition for an Instagram-famous hip-hop dancer’s new crew. There’s only one small problem: she can’t dance! A solid gold mix of comedy and heart-warming entertainment, Dancing Queen is an inspiring celebration of the power of dance (with a wink to ABBA’s smash hit). –Deb Girdwood

Sat, Apr 15 1:15 PM
Tue, Apr 18 7:10 PM
Sat, Apr 29 2:00 PM
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Daughter of Rage

Nicaraguan filmmaker Laura Baumeister’s moving study of a mother and daughter scraping out a living next to a landfill was a standout at the Discovery programme at the Toronto International Film Festival. The first fiction feature directed by a Nicaraguan woman, Daughter of Rage is an instant classic, a searing portrait of lower-class life and the unbreakable spirit of children.

Sat, Apr 15 1:40 PM
Mon, Apr 17 1:20 PM
Fri, Apr 21 9:35 PM
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Deep Rising

Director Matthieu Rytz returns to MSPIFF (Anote’s Ark from 2018) with Deep Rising, a fascinating and compelling documentary about secret organizations mining metals in the sea floor, for use in green technology. Narrated by Jason Momoa, Deep Rising illuminates the vital relationship between the deep ocean and sustaining life on Earth.

Fri, Apr 14 7:10 PM
Sat, Apr 22 11:20 AM
Wed, Apr 26 1:20 PM
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Dirty Difficult Dangerous

Working in a style reminiscent of Aki Kaurismaki or Elia Suleiman, director Wissam Charaf finds a fresh and appealing approach to contemporary social issues, using minimalist drama and deadpan humor to depict the endearing love story of Mehdia, an Ethiopian economic migrant/domestic worker and Ahmed, a homeless Syrian refugee. –Alissa Simon

Wed, Apr 19 9:30 PM
Sat, Apr 22 7:15 PM
Mon, Apr 24 5:10 PM
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Dreamin' Wild

MSPIFF42 Opening Film | Director Bill Pohlad Attending.

What if a childhood dream came true–-but thirty years later? Singer Donnie Emerson’s dream of success suddenly came true as he approached 50 years old. While it brought hopes of second chances, it also brought ghosts of the past and long-buried emotions to the whole family.

Thu, Apr 13 7:00 PM7:20 PM
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Dusty & Stones

Gazi “Dusty” Simelane and Linda “Stones” Msibi are a Country Western duo known as Dusty & Stones hailing from an unlikely place, the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). They get their big break to come to Nashville to record and compete in a Texas battle of the bands. It’s a dream come true, until they’re confronted with some harsh realities. 

Sun, Apr 16 2:00 PM
Tue, Apr 18 5:00 PM
Mon, Apr 24 3:00 PM
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The Eight Mountains

Adapted from Paolo Cognetti’s acclaimed novel, this Cannes jury prize-winning film is an epic exploration of the lifelong friendship of two very different men against the backdrop of a remote valley in Italy. Their different choices lead them to question what they want in life as they inspire each other. –Alissa Simon

Fri, Apr 21 6:45 PM
Thu, Apr 27 1:20 PM
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End of the Rope

Best of Fest Encore Screening

In the bitter winter of 1931, in the small farming community of Schafer, North Dakota, an entire family vanished, mother, father, and four children. The investigation immediately focuses on Charles Bannon, and soon the community is impatient for a particular bloodthirsty justice. 

Fri, Apr 14 6:30 PM
Thu, Apr 20 6:30 PM
Thu, May 4 3:45 PM
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The Eternal Memory

Best of Fest Encore Screening

Oscar-nominated director Maite Alberdi (The Mole Agent) returns to MSPIFF with this compassionate story of Augusto and Paulina, a loving, elderly couple struggling with Alzheimer’s. 

Sun, Apr 23 5:30 PM
Wed, Apr 26 5:10 PM
Mon, May 1 4:30 PM
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Everybody Wants to be Loved

During a remarkably hot summer, psychotherapist Ina discovers something wrong with her. But as usual, she ignores her problem to focus on her husband, her patients, her daughter and even her 70-year-old mother. But who’s looking out for Ina? Katharina Woll’s debut won Best Screenplay at the Munich Film Festival. 

Tue, Apr 18 1:05 PM
Mon, Apr 24 4:40 PM
Wed, Apr 26 1:00 PM
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Falcon Lake

A thrilling and lush coming-of-age tale of first crushes, heartbreaks, and loss. Thirteen-year-old Bastien gets paired up with a reluctant Chloé (16) when their families come together for a summer holiday in a cabin by the lake. But with teenage hormones and ghost stories in the mix, lines get crossed. –Alissa Simon

Wed, Apr 19 9:40 PM
Sat, Apr 22 7:30 PM
Wed, Apr 26 9:50 PM
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The Fishbowl

Special introduction by Boriken Cultural Center including a music and dance demonstration

Noelia’s cancer has returned and, exhausted by years of treatments, she chooses to retreat to Vieques, an island in Puerto Rico. Poisoned by contamination from the U. S. Army, the whole island seems to suffer, and with Hurricane Irma coming, Noelia seeks answers, and a sort of grace. 

Thu, Apr 13 7:40 PM
Wed, Apr 19 4:45 PM
Sat, Apr 22 5:15 PM
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Flamin' Hot

Flamin’ Hot is the inspiring true story of Richard Montañez, the Frito Lay janitor who channeled his Mexican American heritage and upbringing to turn the iconic Flamin’ Hot Cheetos into a snack that disrupted the food industry and became a global pop culture phenomenon. –Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures

Thu, Apr 20 7:15 PM
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Food and Country

James Beard-winning Author/Chef Amy Thielen (The New Midwestern Table) joins Director Laura Gabbert in conversation following the 7:00pm screening on Wednesday, April 26th at The Main Cinema.

Filmmaker Laura Gabbert focuses her camera on Ruth Reichl, one of America’s most beloved food writers, whose work to save small farms, ranches and restaurants in the face of corporate takeover makes for an amazing documentary. “An invitation into caring about the truth of how we eat.” –Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

Wed, Apr 26 7:00 PM
Thu, Apr 27 1:15 PM
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Four Little Adults

Having tackled familial dysfunction in her fiction feature debut Little Wing (2017) and romantic woe in her follow-up Stupid Young Heart (2018), Finnish writer-director Selma Vilhunen blends the two themes in her engaging polyamory drama Four Little Adults evoking the middle-class relationship sturm-und-drang of much of Ingmar Bergman’s work. –Alissa Simon

Sat, Apr 22 1:40 PM
Wed, Apr 26 4:15 PM
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Four Winters

In this riveting documentary about World War II, director Julia Mintz weaves together archival footage and interviews with the Jewish partisans who took up arms, hunkered down in the forests, and fought the Nazi war machine. 

Sun, Apr 16 2:30 PM
Wed, Apr 19 4:30 PM
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Freaks vs The Reich

A deliriously different take on the super-hero and Holocaust genres, dubbed by one critic “A Shoah-reversing fantasy of liberation and revenge.” In Fascist Rome, four circus artistes with special talents fall into the clutches of Nazi impresario Franz. Delightful and spectacular. Winner, Audience Award, Rotterdam. –Alissa Simon

Wed, Apr 19 9:45 PM
Sat, Apr 22 9:50 PM
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Gods of Mexico

This stunning visual portrait of Mexico’s indigenous communities fighting against modernization has no interviews or dialogue, just rich black-and-white cinematography and revealing close-ups. “In its calculated and careful filming and editing, this documentary speaks to the fascinating nature of the human experience.” –Zaki Lawrence, Vox

Thu, Apr 13 4:40 PM
Sun, Apr 16 11:05 AM
Mon, Apr 17 3:00 PM
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Gold Run

On April 9th, 1940 the Nazis invaded Norway. Based on true events, Gold Run tells the story of how a brigade of ragtag Norwegians, including a bank secretary, a famous poet and a female veteran of the Spanish Civil War, smuggled 40 tons of gold bullion out of the national bank vault in Oslo to safety with the Allies.

Sun, Apr 23 7:40 PM
Tue, Apr 25 4:10 PM
Wed, Apr 26 1:40 PM
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Golden Years

Newly retired, Alice and her husband Peter are ready to finally enjoy their life as seniors. But their pent-up marital problems bubble to the surface on a cruise through the Mediterranean. The spouses end up going on separate journeys of self-discovery, each finding unexpected ways to spend their golden years. –Alissa Simon

Mon, Apr 17 7:20 PM
Sat, Apr 22 2:30 PM
Mon, Apr 24 1:20 PM
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Greener Pastures

Best of Fest Encore Screening

Samuel-Ali Mirpoorian’s urgent and intimate documentary looks at four multigenerational American farming families, including in Minnesota, wrestling with the various farm stressors, policies and politics farmers must maneuver to survive, connecting the dots between mental health, industrialization, food production and climate change.

Sat, Apr 15 4:30 PM
Mon, Apr 17 4:30 PM
Wed, May 3 2:00 PM
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The Hamlet Syndrome

A few months prior to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, five young women and men participate in a unique stage production that attempts to relate their war experiences to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Hamlet Syndrome is a powerful portrait of a vibrant young Ukrainian generation, the first one born after the collapse of the Soviet Union, shaped by the Maidan Revolution of 2013, empowered by political change and scarred by war. 

Fri, Apr 14 1:30 PM
Tue, Apr 18 3:00 PM
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The Happiest Man in the World

Unfolding in the injured city of Sarajevo, a testament to open wounds and past pains, the action is set during a day-long speed-dating event. Forty-year-old Asje is matched with 43-year-old Zoran. As they participate in the activities, it becomes clear that Zoran is not looking for love, but forgiveness. –Alissa Simon

Fri, Apr 14 3:00 PM
Sun, Apr 16 7:35 PM
Tue, Apr 18 1:00 PM
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The Harvest

Director Caylee So and Writer/Actor Doua Moua Attending.

Based Doua Moua’s own script, director Caylee So’s The Harvest is the rare feature focusing on a Hmong American family. According to Moua, “As an actor, I was told my type of Asian does not fit into the narrative of America, which led me to writing narratives that I wanted to tell.”

Sat, Apr 15 2:00 PM
Sun, Apr 16 7:15 PM
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Hilma

This fascinating bio pic delves into the fiery and sometimes messy personal story of Swedish abstract artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944), as well as celebrating, in fittingly enthralled, immersive fashion, the singular fusion of nature and spiritual mystery that drove her. Director Hallström’s wife Lena Olin and daughter Tora Hallström share the leading role. –Alissa Simon

Sat, Apr 15 2:00 PM
Tue, Apr 18 1:10 PM
Sat, Apr 22 4:30 PM
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Houria

From Mounia Meddour, the director of the international, Cesar-award-winning Papicha (2019) comes Houria, featuring an astonishing performance from Lyna Khoudri as a dancer who must fight a devastating injury to join Algeria’s National Ballet.  

Thu, Apr 13 4:15 PM
Sun, Apr 23 11:10 AM
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I Like Movies

Lawrence not only loves movies, he dreams of becoming a film director just like his idols. But he hasn’t got any money, he’s losing friends with his obsession and vanity, and life just keeps pressing down on him. “A film that is small but not slight, sweet but not cloying, and the kind of thing that can make even a cynical critic like movies again.” –Katie Rife, IndieWire

Sat, Apr 15 7:10 PM
Wed, Apr 19 9:50 PM
Fri, Apr 21 9:45 PM
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Il Boemo

Daniel E. Freeman, author of Josef Myslivecek, "Il Boemo," and Patrick Dewane, artist and performer of The Accidental Hero, will be in attendance on Sun, April 23rd for a post screening discussion.

This sumptuous period drama recreates the tragic life and sublime music of now-forgotten Czech-born composer Josef Myslivecek (1737-1781). The film is visually and musically vivid, with “Il Boemo”’’s compositions performed by the Collegium 1704 ensemble and an eminent cast of singers, including Simona Saturova as Italian diva La Gabrielli. –Alissa Simon

Thu, Apr 20 1:45 PM
Sun, Apr 23 4:15 PM
Tue, Apr 25 4:00 PM
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It's Only Life After All

MSPIFF42 Closing Film | Director Alexandria Bombach Attending.

Blending 40 years of home movies, raw film archive, and intimate present-day verité, a poignant reflection from Amy Ray & Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls – the iconic folk rock duo. A timely look into the obstacles, activism, and life lessons of two queer friends who never expected to make it big.

Thu, Apr 27 7:00 PM7:20 PM
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Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind

Joyce Carol Oates is one of America’s greatest writers, with a career that has spanned seven decades. Her fiction has examined American life, from the Detroit riots to the life of Marilyn Monroe. Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind is the first documentary about this literary icon.

Tue, Apr 25 4:30 PM
Thu, Apr 27 1:45 PM
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Joyland

MSPIFF Encore Starts April 28 at The Main Cinema - Tickets Coming Soon Here

The first Pakistani film to appear in competition at Cannes, and winner of the Queer Palme, Joyland is Saim Sadiq’s delirious and romantic debut feature film. “Tartly funny and plungingly sad in equal measure, this is nuanced, humane queer filmmaking.” –Guy Lodge, Variety

Thu, Apr 13 4:20 PM
Fri, Apr 21 7:00 PM
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Judy Blume Forever

Generations of readers have found themselves in a Judy Blume book. Her name alone launches a flood of memories for anyone who’s gripped one of her many paperbacks. With humor, sensitivity, and a healthy dose of adolescent cringe, Judy Blume Forever tells the story of the woman whose trail-blazing books changed the way millions of readers understand themselves, their sexuality, and what it means to grow up.

Sun, Apr 16 4:40 PM
Mon, Apr 17 7:10 PM
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King Coal

Central Appalachia is a place of mountains and myth. Director Elaine McMillion Sheldon knows this well, calling those mountains home. Coal has had a profound influence on this community’s identity, but Sheldon dares to consider what future stories might look like out of the shadow of coal, now that relationships to coal are changing. She takes us on an alluring cinematic journey through the past, present, and future of Appalachia.

Fri, Apr 21 4:30 PM
Tue, Apr 25 2:00 PM
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Kokomo City

This astonishing black-and-white documentary tells the incredible stories of four Black transgender sex workers in New York and Georgia. Two-time Grammy nominee D. Smith’s stunning directorial debut took Sundance by storm. “??A raucous compilation of charismatic storytellers gathered in the most lively way possible.” –Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

Fri, Apr 14 9:45 PM
Wed, Apr 19 9:55 PM
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Lakota Nation vs. United States

Best of Fest Encore Screening

It is the most sacred place on earth, the birthplace of the Lakota that has shaped thought, identity and philosophy for the Océti Šakówi? since time immemorial--the life-giving land known as the Black Hills. Lakota Nation vs. United States is a lyrical and provocative testament to a land and a people who have survived removal, exploitation and genocide--and whose best days are yet to come.

Sat, Apr 15 1:30 PM
Fri, Apr 21 6:50 PM
Tue, May 2 7:00 PM
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L'Immensità

Acclaimed director Emanuele Crialese returns to the international festival circuit with his autobiographical coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old with gender dysphoria trying to navigate Rome in the 1970s, and a family coming apart at the seams. “A grand and vibrant work of art.” –Lena Wilson, The Wrap

Sun, Apr 16 5:20 PM
Thu, Apr 20 7:10 PM
Sat, Apr 22 7:10 PM
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Losing Grip

Special Guest Attending.

Minnesota gymnast Shane Wiskus is at the top of his game, destined for a spot on the Olympic team. But when the COVID pandemic hits, and the University of Minnesota sees this as an opportunity to cut the program, will Shane be able to realize his dreams?

Sun, Apr 16 5:25 PM
Tue, Apr 18 5:20 PM
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Love According to Dalva

Best of Fest Encore Screening

This is a bold, disquieting and psychologically complex study of a 12-year-old girl suddenly freed from years of captivity and sexual abuse at the hands of her father. Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes –Alissa Simon

Fri, Apr 14 9:25 PM
Tue, Apr 25 1:50 PM
Fri, Apr 28 4:30 PM
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Love Life

This complex, captivating drama from Kôji Fukada, an MSPIFF favorite (The Harmonium, A Girl Missing, MSPIFF 2017 and 2020, respectively) features stunning performances by Fumino Kimura and Kento Nagayama, and has been widely regarded as Fukada’s masterpiece. “??[A] vital melodrama about the difficulty of moving on.” –Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com

Sat, Apr 22 4:00 PM
Tue, Apr 25 4:15 PM
Thu, Apr 27 7:05 PM
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Luxembourg, Luxembourg

One of the discoveries of last year’s Venice festival, this beguilingly goofy comedy contains a personal and very touching story about fathers and sons. When identical twin Ukrainian brothers of different temperaments hear that their long-absent father is sick in Luxembourg, they set out to see him one last time. –Alissa Simon

Thu, Apr 20 7:05 PM
Fri, Apr 21 9:50 PM
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MAMACRUZ

A fun and irreverent Spanish dramedy about a devoted churchgoing grandmother who stumbles across an explicit website and finds herself exploring long buried desires. Director Patricia Ortega’s debut feature is a fantastic story about retaking control of one’s life – important at any age!

Thu, Apr 13 4:30 PM
Sun, Apr 16 3:30 PM
Fri, Apr 21 7:00 PM
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Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes

Max Roach was one of the most innovative drummers in music history, often reinventing himself in a career that spanned over six decades. Accessing literally thousands of hours of footage and photographs, Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes is a rigorous and triumphant documentary about a legendary musician.

Fri, Apr 14 7:00 PM
Wed, Apr 19 7:20 PM
Sun, Apr 23 11:15 AM
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Medusa Deluxe

At an exuberant hairstyling competition, the contestants work their magic, exchange vicious gossip, and… commit murder? Thomas Hardiman’s feature debut, Medusa Deluxe, is a marvel–a one-take triumph that is at once a murder mystery and a dazzling examination of the often cutthroat world of professional hairdressing.

Fri, Apr 21 7:15 PM
Mon, Apr 24 7:10 PM
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Melchior the Apothecary

Best of Fest Encore Screening

And now for something completely different … an offbeat crime thriller set in medieval Tallinn. Handsome young apothecary Melchior is known for his skill in diagnosing illnesses and concocting medications, but in addition, he has a knack for solving grisly murders. Estonia’s most-viewed film this year. –Alissa Simon

Fri, Apr 14 9:40 PM
Tue, Apr 18 3:10 PM
Sat, Apr 22 9:45 PM
Sat, Apr 29 9:30 PM
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Mini-Zlatan and Uncle Darling

Recommended ages 9+

Ella’s uncle Tommy is 100% her person, her one and only BFF. When Tommy’s new boyfriend Steve enters the picture, the young niece’s jealousy can’t be contained. This entertaining film is filled with physical comedy and heart-warming drama--a testament to beloved “guncles” and finding (and sharing) one’s favorite person. –Deb Girdwood

Fri, Apr 14 5:10 PM
Sun, Apr 23 1:15 PM
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Minnesota Mean

Best of Fest Encore Screening


Minnesota filmmaker and festival favorite Dawn Mikkelson (Risking Light, 2018 MSPIFF) returns with this rousing documentary following six fierce members of Minnesota Roller Derby as they fight to win the Hydra, the prize for the best women's flat track roller derby team in the entire world.

Sat, Apr 15 4:45 PM
Mon, Apr 17 7:00 PM
Sun, Apr 23 5:00 PM
Sun, Apr 30 4:30 PM
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Mom & Dad's Nipple Factory

Best of Fest Encore Screening

Director Justinsuperstar + Special Guests Attending.

When director Justinsuperstar’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, his father, an inveterate inventor, crafted a prosthetic nipple that impressed all of their medical staff. But mom and dad’s business is a bit of an embarrassment for this conservative couple, and is kept under wraps until their little secret is discovered. 

Sun, Apr 23 5:00 PM
Tue, Apr 25 7:00 PM
Thu, Apr 27 4:00 PM
Mon, May 1 7:00 PM
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Monica

Writer/director Andrea Pallaoro attending the 7:20pm screening on Sunday, April 16th at The Main Cinema.

Trace Lysette (Transparent) stars as Monica in an intimate portrait of a woman who returns home after a long absence to confront the wounds of her past. Reconnecting with her mother (Patricia Clarkson) and the rest of her family for the first time since leaving as a teenager, Monica embarks on a path of healing and acceptance.

Sun, Apr 16 7:20 PM
Thu, Apr 20 9:45 PM
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My Robot Brother

Recommended ages 10+

In a “not-so-distant future”, all kids have robots. When Alberte gets the latest model for her 12th birthday, life seemingly upgrades overnight. Is it too good to be true? This family comedy is full of surprises and is a refreshing take on how we relate to our world today (and perhaps our future). –Deb Girdwood

Sun, Apr 16 1:20 PM
Sat, Apr 22 11:10 AM
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My Sailor, My Love

Best of Fest Encore Screening

Finnish director Härö makes a poignant English-language debut with an Ireland-set drama about a retired sea captain whose late-life romance with a comely widow is threatened by his adult daughter. The heartfelt story, convincing performances and glorious coastal landscape will delight his many fans and draw tears. –Alissa Simon

Fri, Apr 14 1:15 PM
Sun, Apr 16 1:10 PM
Thu, Apr 20 4:15 PM
Sun, Apr 30 2:00 PM
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Nayola

José Miguel Ribeiro’s stunning feature-length animated film examines the Angolan Civil War through the lives of three generations of women, and embraces reality and mysticism. 

Fri, Apr 14 4:30 PM
Mon, Apr 17 1:30 PM
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Next Sohee

July Jung’s scathing examination of workplace ethics received a 7-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, and is highlighted by fierce performances from Kim Si-eun and Bae Doona. “Amid such a bleak and slow burn of a premise, Jung’s Next Sohee is surprisingly warm-hearted.” –Manuel Betancourt, Variety  

Fri, Apr 21 3:45 PM
Wed, Apr 26 1:30 PM
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The Night of the 12th

French auteur Dominik Moll’s newest thriller debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and mesmerized audiences. Based on a true story, The Night of the 12th is a powerful police procedural that will haunt you for days. A six-time César Award winner, including Best Film and Best Director.

Sat, Apr 15 4:35 PM
Tue, Apr 18 7:00 PM
Fri, Apr 21 9:40 PM
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Octopus Skin

When Iris, one of a pair of twins, decides to leave the family’s precious and isolated island to go to the city in search of her father, life will never be the same in Ana Cristina Barragán’s evocative portrait of a reclusive family and their elemental relationship to the natural world.

Fri, Apr 14 4:10 PM
Thu, Apr 20 4:10 PM
Sun, Apr 23 1:10 PM
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Ojibwa Warrior: The Legacy Of Dennis Banks

Director Marie-Michele Jasmin-Belisle Attending!

Ojibwa Warrior is the stirring documentary about Indigenous leader Nowa Cumig, known as Dennis Banks. From Gaa-zagaskwaajimekaag (Leech Lake Reservation, Minnesota), Banks was the co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in Minneapolis. Through its many actions, AIM changed the course of American history: the seizing of Alcatraz, the Custer Riots and Wounded Knee, among others, fighting for the rights of Indigenous people. Narrated by actor, artist and activist Michael Horse and based on Banks’ autobiography, “Ojibwa Warrior: Dennis Banks and the Rise of the American Indian Movement”, Ojibwa Warrior is a definitive retrospective of the life of the inspiring leader.

Sun, Apr 23 11:05 AM
Mon, Apr 24 1:05 PM
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The Ordinaries

In an allegorically cinematic world divided among three classes–Leads, Supporting Characters, and Outtakes–Paula dreams of being a Lead, where her life may literally have color for a change. But as her eyes open to the injustice of this world, will Paula fight back and risk being an Outtake?

Fri, Apr 14 4:20 PM
Sat, Apr 22 11:00 AM
Tue, Apr 25 1:30 PM
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The Origin of Evil

Best of Fest Encore Screening

Do you miss Claude Chabrol’s sly, twisty thrillers? Then you will love this suspenseful, blackly funny tale of family fortunes and squabbling relatives where nothing is as it originally seems. Call My Agent’s Laure Calamy is the first among equals in a powerhouse cast. –Alissa Simon

Sat, Apr 15 9:40 PM
Wed, Apr 19 4:15 PM
Wed, May 3 7:00 PM
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Other People's Children

When dedicated high school teacher Rachel (Virginie Efira) falls in love with Ali (Roschdy Zem), it’s not long before she also falls for his 4-year-old daughter Leila. Rachel must decide whether to embrace the inherent entanglements of her current situation, including the looming presence of Ali’s ex-wife Alice (Chiara Mastroanni) or strike out again on her own. Other People’s Children becomes a soulful, sexy, and resolutely grown-up story of the elusive quest for agency and belonging.

Fri, Apr 14 7:20 PM
Mon, Apr 17 4:40 PM
Fri, Apr 21 1:20 PM
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Our Father, The Devil

Marie Cissé lives in peace. Working at a retirement home in rural France, she spends time with her best friend and loves her job. But when Father Patrick arrives from her homeland, Marie’s life is about to come completely apart. Babetida Sadjo puts in “simply the best performance of the year, blowing everything else out of the water.” –Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

Fri, Apr 21 1:30 PM
Mon, Apr 24 4:30 PM
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Pay or Die

Directors Rachael Dyer and Scott Alexander Ruderman + Special Guests Attending.

Nearly two million Americans suffer from diabetes, and without insulin they’ll die. And yet, in the wealthiest nation on earth, too many people don’t have the money to pay for it. Directors Scott Ruderman (who has type 1 diabetes) and Rachael Dyer expose the affordability crisis in this stirring–and infuriating–documentary.

Sat, Apr 22 4:15 PM
Sun, Apr 23 1:30 PM
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Pianoforte

An intimate coming-of-age documentary portrait of young pianists taking part in the legendary International Chopin Piano Competition. A unique chance of the lifetime portrayed from the backstage. An emotional rollercoaster with Chopin’s music in the background.

Sun, Apr 23 5:20 PM
Mon, Apr 24 1:00 PM
Wed, Apr 26 4:20 PM
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Pink Moon

When Iris’ father, Jan, decides that he is through with life and wants to end it all, the young woman must face life’s ultimate absurdity in Floor van der Meulen’s wonderfully dry but very moving comedy. Starring Julia Akkerman, “who boasts a Buster Keaton-esque blank face in which any emotion can stumble across.” –Stephen Saito, The Movable Feast

Sat, Apr 22 11:30 AM
Thu, Apr 27 4:20 PM
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Polite Society

MSPIFF Encore Starts April 28 at The Main Cinema - Tickets Coming Soon Here

A merry mash up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, Polite Society follows martial artist-in-training Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.

Sat, Apr 15 9:30 PM
Tue, Apr 18 7:15 PM
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R.M.N.

From writer/director Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), this gripping drama set in rural Transylvania looks at the ethnic conflicts, economic resentments and personal turmoil roiling a Romania still in thrall to some dangerous traditions and beliefs. The arrival of Sri Lankan migrants adds fuel to the fire. –Alissa Simon

Fri, Apr 21 7:00 PM
Tue, Apr 25 7:15 PM
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Revoir Paris

After an idyllic date night full of red wine and a late-night motorcycle ride home, Mia (Virginie Efira) stops at a Parisian bistro to take shelter from a downpour. Her reprieve is shattered when a gunman opens fire. Inspired by her brother’s surviving the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, director Alice Winocour’s moving and meditative Revoir Paris is a moving meditation on grief, healing, and the importance of connections forged in tragedy.

Thu, Apr 20 4:30 PM
Mon, Apr 24 7:20 PM
Wed, Apr 26 1:15 PM
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Riceboy Sleeps

Winning awards at five different international film festivals–including Toronto and Busan–not to mention nominated for nine Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards, Anthony Shim’s semi autobiographical film Riceboy Sleeps is sure to astound American audiences as well. “[A]n affectionate, sharply-observed portrait of family life.” –Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

Sat, Apr 15 11:05 AM
Wed, Apr 19 7:15 PM
Thu, Apr 27 4:10 PM
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The Right To Read

Best of Fest Encore Screening

Post-screening conversation following the 1:50pm screening on Saturday, April 22nd at The Main Cinema.

It’s an American civil rights story rarely discussed: the right to read. In Jenny Mackenzie’s startling documentary, she follows an activist and teacher from Oakland and two families from the South who are trying to help children–especially Black and brown kids–to have the skills they need to succeed. 

Sat, Apr 22 1:50 PM
Mon, Apr 24 1:10 PM
Tue, May 2 2:00 PM
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Rise and Rebuild: A Tale of Three Cities

Black people made America rich -- yet building prosperity in Black communities has been a constant challenge. Acclaimed filmmakers Sam Pollard and Asako Gladsjo’s documentary portrait offers rays of hope, suggesting that a more equitable future may be possible. Rise and Rebuild: A Tale of Three Cities follows change-makers in Wilmington, Atlanta, and Chicago as they build economic justice through homeownership, local politics, urban farming, and entrepreneurship. 

Sat, Apr 15 11:40 AM
Mon, Apr 17 1:00 PM
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The Sales Girl

From prolific Mongolian director Janchivdorj Sengedorj comes an insightful coming-of-age story that takes place primarily in… an Ulaanbaatar sex shop. The Sales Girl won Best Feature at the 2022 New York Asian Film Festival. “[T]his candid big-city coming-of-age story deserves international exposure.” –Peter Debruge, Variety

Thu, Apr 20 7:00 PM
Wed, Apr 26 9:30 PM
Thu, Apr 27 4:30 PM
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Sam Now

Executive Producer Andy McDonough Attending 4/27.

Filmed over an expanse of 25 years, two brothers go on a 2,000-mile road trip to solve a family mystery of their missing mom. Using every video format imaginable, they make a movie stitching together years of home videos and filling the gaps in the archive with play, Sam Now is a mosaic of love, longing and loss, as well as an attempt to overcome intergenerational trauma.

Thu, Apr 20 2:00 PM
Thu, Apr 27 7:15 PM
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The Scent of the Wormwood

Best of Fest Encore Screening

Asan moves to a small village in Kyrgyzstan with his sister and mother, and waits for his father to join them. This third feature film by Aibek Daiyrbekov is a sweeping and moving coming-of-age story. 

Sun, Apr 23 1:35 PM
Tue, Apr 25 4:20 PM
Mon, May 1 2:00 PM
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Secret Screening

Special Screening Event!

Join us for a super sneaky, top secret screening of an intercontinental documentary filled with intrigue! We’re talking about a mystery, replete with surprises, unexpected twists and turns, and high stake crimes full of suspense and comedy. Steal yourself a seat and afterwards keep your yap shut, or else...

Thu, Apr 20 9:30 PM
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See You Friday, Robinson

Faced with a setback on one of her own films, Mitra Farahani works as a sort-of cinematic matchmaker, orchestrating a correspondence between beloved Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan and the legendary Jean-Luc Godard. “Like a drink with an old friend who never stopped thinking onscreen.” –Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

This film is part of Young French Cinema, a program of Unifrance and Villa Albertine. 

Sun, Apr 16 11:00 AM
Thu, Apr 20 1:40 PM
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Shorts Competition Winners

Sun, Apr 30 7:00 PM
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Shorts Documentary Audience Choice

AUDIENCE CHOICE DOCUMENTARY SHORT WINNER :

BRUTAL UTOPIAS

Other Top Voted Documentary Shorts:

  • Swimming Through
  • Friday Night Blind
  • A Voice for the Wind
  • Walking Two Worlds


Wed, May 3 4:30 PM
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Shorts Fiction Audience Choice

AUDIENCE CHOICE FICTION SHORT WINNER :

CARDIFF

Other Top Voted Fiction Shorts:

  • Soil
  • Whiteness at Work
  • Clare
  • The Best Day of Our Lives
  • Pickup
  • Everything I Learned When My House Burned Down
  • A Few Days Home In Johnson County
  • Girl in the Lake


Tue, May 2 4:30 PM
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Shorts Program 01: Sense of Self

Filmmakers Attending.

Sat, Apr 15 3:30 PM
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Shorts Program 02: Art Heals

Filmmakers Attending.

Sun, Apr 16 4:45 PM
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Shorts Program 03: Fabulous Fiction

Filmmakers Attending.

Tue, Apr 18 7:20 PM
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Shorts Program 04: Space & Time

Filmmakers Attending.

Wed, Apr 19 7:10 PM
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Shorts Program 05: Animation Roundup

Filmmakers Attending.

Fri, Apr 21 4:15 PM
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Shorts Program 06: Awesome Docs

Filmmakers Attending.

Sat, Apr 22 1:45 PM
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Shorts Program 07: Sex and/or Love

Filmmakers Attending.

Sun, Apr 23 7:30 PM
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Shorts Program 08: Indigenous Portraits

Filmmaker Attending.

Mon, Apr 24 7:15 PM
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Shorts Program 09: A Laugh a Minute

Filmmakers Attending.

Tue, Apr 25 7:05 PM
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Shorts Program 10: You Can't Go Home Again

Filmmakers Attending.

Wed, Apr 26 7:05 PM
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Showing Up

A sculptor preparing to open a new show must balance her creative life with the daily dramas of family and friends, in Kelly Reichardt's vibrant and captivatingly funny portrait of art and craft. “Quiet, clever, and a whole lot of fun.” –Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

Fri, Apr 14 7:00 PM
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Silent Beauty

Director Jasmin Mara López attending.

In this stunning and poetic autobiographical documentary, director Jasmin Mara López explores generations of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her grandfather, a Baptist minister. Generously allowing viewers along on this personal, cinematic journey, López bravely reveals a beautiful grace in the process of healing.

Wed, Apr 26 7:10 PM
Thu, Apr 27 1:30 PM
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Somewhere in Queens

Leo Russo (Ray Romano) lives a simple life in Queens with his wife Angela (Laurie Metcalf) and their shy but talented son “Sticks” (Jacob Ward). When the high-school senior gets a life-changing opportunity to play basketball in college, Leo jumps at the chance to plan for his future, away from the family construction business.

Sat, Apr 15 7:15 PM
Mon, Apr 17 7:15 PM
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Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis)

Celebrated photographer, creative director and filmmaker Anton Corbijn’s first feature documentary Squaring the Circle (the story of hipgnosis) tells the story of Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell, the creative geniuses behind the iconic album art design studio, Hipgnosis, responsible for some of the most recognizable album covers of all time.

Tue, Apr 18 4:45 PM
Sat, Apr 22 4:30 PM
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Starring Jerry As Himself

One afternoon, Jerry Hsu, a Florida man, gathers his family to tell them a secret: he was recruited by the Chinese government as an undercover agent. Law Chen’s fascinating docufiction astounded audiences at Slamdance, and won three awards: Festival Grand Jury Documentary Feature, Audience Award Documentary, and Acting Award.

Thu, Apr 13 7:45 PM
Mon, Apr 17 5:15 PM
Sat, Apr 22 1:15 PM
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A Still Small Voice

Post-screening conversation following the 2:20pm screening on Sunday, April 16th at The Main Cinema.

Director Luke Lorentzen’s A Still Small Voice follows Mati, a chaplain completing a year-long hospital residency, as she learns to provide spiritual care to people confronting profound life changes. Through Mati’s experiences with her patients, her struggle with professional burnout, and her own spiritual questioning, we gain new perspectives on how meaningful connection can be and how painful its absence is.

Sun, Apr 16 2:20 PM
Wed, Apr 19 1:45 PM
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Stone Turtle

Winner of the prestigious FIPRESCI prize at the Locarno Film Festival, Stone Turtle is Woo Ming Jin's stunning thriller that evokes Groundhog Day and Woman in the Dunes. “[A] beguiling, all-around-gorgeous reimagining of Southeast Asian folklore.” –Peter Debruge, Variety

Sat, Apr 15 9:50 PM
Tue, Apr 18 1:15 PM
Wed, Apr 26 9:45 PM
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Stonewalling

“Observations of a post-Tik Tok China” is how directors Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka summarize their newest film. Selected as part of the 2022 New York Film Festival, this cinematic study of a young woman freefalling through China’s hyper-capitalist economy “refuses to offer easy answers.” –Steph Green, IndieWire

Mon, Apr 17 4:00 PM
Wed, Apr 19 1:10 PM
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To Kill a Tiger

Director Nisha Pahuja Attending.

In To Kill a Tiger, Ranjit, a farmer in Jharkhand, India, takes on the fight of his life when he demands justice for his 13-year-old daughter, the victim of a brutal gang rape. In India, where a rape is reported every 20 minutes and conviction rates are less than 30 percent, Ranjit’s decision to support his daughter is virtually unheard of, and his journey unprecedented.

Sat, Apr 15 6:30 PM
Sun, Apr 16 1:30 PM
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Tora's Husband

From MSPIFF favorite Rima Das (Village Rockstars, Bulbul Can Sing) comes this poignant tale of a kindly man struggling to keep his life above water during the ravages of the COVID lockdown. “[A] documentary-style sense of life unfolding rather than engineered drama.” –Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

Sun, Apr 16 11:00 AM
Mon, Apr 17 1:15 PM
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Tori and Lokita

Eleven-year-old Tori and 16-year-old Lokita are vulnerable African migrants, trying to make their way In contemporary Belgium, but their already precarious circumstances grow more complicated when the government refuses to give Lokita residence papers. From the acclaimed Belgian filmmaking duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Thu, Apr 13 4:45 PM
Wed, Apr 19 4:40 PM
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Totem

Recommended ages 10+

Ama, the daughter of two Senegalese asylum seekers, is a competitive swimmer growing up in Rotterdam. When her family’s home is raided, she escapes, lost in the city she thought she knew until a giant magical porcupine comes to her rescue and gives her the strength she needs to save her family. –Deborah Girdwood

Sat, Apr 15 4:00 PM
Sun, Apr 23 3:10 PM
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Trenque Lauquen

Director Laura Citarella Attending.

Laura Citarella’s ambitious, 260-minute, two-part feature perplexed and delighted audiences at the The Venice Biennale, and cemented Argentine director Laura Citarella’s place in the pantheon. “[W]ill send pulses racing like the best of cinema does.” –Zhuo-Ning Su, The Film Stage

Sun, Apr 23 4:00 PM
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The Tuba Thieves

From 2011 to 2013, tubas were stolen from Los Angeles high schools. This is not a story about thieves or missing tubas. Instead, it asks what it means to listen. d/Deaf filmmaker Alison O’Daniel creates a mind-bending work of autofiction in this wonderfully creative documentary. You will never see–nor experience–anything like The Tuba Thieves.

Sat, Apr 22 11:15 AM
Mon, Apr 24 3:05 PM
Wed, Apr 26 3:00 PM
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Two Tickets To Greece

Three of international cinema’s greatest actresses–Laure Calamy, Olivia Côte and Oscar-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas–unite for this crowd-pleasing tale of friends taking the trip of a lifetime, which doesn’t go at all as planned. 

Sat, Apr 15 11:30 AM
Fri, Apr 21 4:20 PM
Mon, Apr 24 7:05 PM
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Two Trains Runnin'

Two Trains Runnin’ is a feature-length documentary directed by Sam Pollard, narrated by Common, and featuring the music of Gary Clark Jr. The film pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians and cuts to the heart of our present moment, offering a crucial vantage from which to view the evolving dynamics of race in America. Named one of the best documentaries of 2017 by Rolling Stone magazine, Two Trains Runnin' was also honored with a Grammy nomination for Best Music Film. 

Fri, Apr 14 5:00 PM
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Unruly

At a time when women must fight again for control of their bodies, this affecting, fact-based, period drama, about a rebellious teen forced into the Sprogø Women’s Home in the 1930s, contains extra resonance. Can Maren’s lively spirit survive the harsh administrators and the head doctor who supports eugenics-based sterilization? –Alissa Simon

Tue, Apr 25 7:10 PM
Wed, Apr 26 9:45 PM
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Victim

In this taut moral thriller a Ukrainian immigrant in the Czech Republic compromises her conscience to protect her son, triggering a tremor in the fault lines of a divided society. –Alissa Simon

Mon, Apr 17 4:20 PM
Tue, Apr 25 1:45 PM
Thu, Apr 27 4:15 PM
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Walk Up

Festival favorite Hong Sang-soo returns to MSPIFF with Walk Up, the acclaimed director’s delightful study of family, friendship and architecture. “[A] sparkling diversion about alternate lives that runs circles around even his recent output for storytelling satisfaction.” –Jessica Kiang, Variety

Thu, Apr 20 1:50 PM
Sun, Apr 23 3:20 PM
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We Are Still Here

In response to the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s second landing in Australia, ten Indigenous filmmakers created eight powerful short films, stories of hope that span a 1,000 years in the past to a millennium in the future. 

Fri, Apr 14 1:00 PM
Tue, Apr 18 4:40 PM
Sun, Apr 23 3:00 PM
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When the Waves Are Gone

Philippine director Lav Diaz’s latest is another slow-cinema masterpiece, examining President Duterte’s reign of terror, fusing the supernatural and police procedural. “[L]ike Dostoevsky, Jacobean tragedy and High Noon, in one brutal cocktail.” –Jonathan Romney, Screen International

Wed, Apr 19 1:00 PM
Mon, Apr 24 3:30 PM
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Where Life Begins

A group of ultra-Orthodox Jews from Aix-les-Bains travel to Calabria to harvest citrons for their Sukkot celebrations. Fatefully, the rabbi’s daughter and the farm owner realize they are kindred souls, both bound by tradition and family, while longing for self-realization. –Alissa Simon

Sun, Apr 16 11:10 AM
Wed, Apr 19 1:40 PM
Sun, Apr 23 7:25 PM
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Wild Life

Best of Fest Encore Screening

From Oscar-winning filmmakers Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Wild Life is a sweeping portrait of conservationists Kris and Doug Tompkins chronicling their fight to preserve one of the last truly wild places on earth. An epic, decades-spanning love story as wild as the landscapes they dedicated their lives to protecting.

Sat, Apr 22 7:00 PM7:00 PM
Tue, Apr 25 7:20 PM
Sat, Apr 29 7:00 PM
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World War III

Houman Seyedi’s World War III, a searing social critique, captivated audiences at the 2022 La Biennale di Venezia, and was Iran’s surprise entry to this year’s Academy Awards. “Houman Seyedi’s startling, audacious and truly entrancing satire, World War III, deserved (Oscar) consideration…” –Frank J. Avella, Awards Daily

Fri, Apr 14 9:50 PM
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Wed, Apr 26 9:40 PM
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