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After Antarctica

Best of Fest Encores + Closing Presentation + Drive-In Screening + Virtual + Q&A
A journey across both poles, After Antarctica follows polar explorer Will Stegers lifelong journey as an eyewitness to the greatest changes to the polar regions of our planet. Now, at the age of 75, Steger heads out on the ice and recounts the life-changing journey that led him to where he is today.

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Air Conditioner

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In this strange and beguiling film, air conditioners--central to life in Angola--begin to suddenly fall out of windows in the capital Luanda, maiming and even killing people. When his broiling boss demands an air conditioner, Matacedo must wander his beloved city and find one that works.

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Ane is Missing

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In the Basque Country, Spain, Lide works a job as a security guard at a controversial railway construction site. When her daughter, Ane, vanishes, Lide needs to find out if it’s a kidnapping, or worse--is Ane involved in something over her head? Winner of three Goya Awards: Best Lead Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best New Actress.

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Berlin Alexanderplatz

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An African immigrant struggles to make a new life for himself in the big city in director-co-writer Burhan Qurbani’s audacious, neon-lit reinterpretation of Alfred Doblin’s classic 1929 novel. Forget the 1980 R.W. Fassbinder version; this multi-prizewinning film has its finger on the pulse of our time.

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Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Water

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In 1989, dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones created D-Man in the Waters, a ground-breaking ballet as a direct response to the AIDS crisis, which had devastated the New York arts community and claimed the lives of untold artists, including Jones’ dance company co-founder and life partner, Arnie Zane. Directors Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz vividly bring to life the story of this extraordinary ballet.

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Charlatan

Best of Fest Encores | Watch the recorded filmmaker Q&A.
Jan Mikolášek, was a 20th century Czech herbal healer whose great success masked the grimmest of secrets. He won fame and fortune treating celebrities of the interwar, Nazi, and Communist eras with his uncanny knack for “urinary diagnosis”.

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The Claw

Best of Fest Encores + Outdoor Screening + Virtual + Q&A
A cinematic documentary about the legendary wrestler Baron von Raschke, best known as “The Claw.” Step into the pro wrestling ring with Baron von Raschke and he’ll recount his journey from shy Nebraska Olympic hopeful to international infamy. The director-producer tag team of Minneapolis-based film director Philip Harder and von Raschke’s only son Karl have created a documentary unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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The Co-op Wars

Best of Fest Encores + Watch the recorded filmmaker Q&A
Today, Co-ops are multi-million dollar businesses, so successful they’ve prompted mainstream grocery stores to stock organic food. But in the 1970s, it almost ended before it began, as internecine battles and even hostile takeovers threatened this burgeoning movement.

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Devil's Pie — D'Angelo

Best of Fest Encores + Your ticket includes a recorded Filmmaker Q&A following the film.
Devil’s Pie—D’Angelo follows Grammy Award-winning singer D’Angelo, one of the most successful R&B acts in recent years, but whose struggle with numerous demons--not to mention a public eager to sexualize and hound him--made him walk away from the business for 14 long years.

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End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock

Best of Fest Encores
In 2016, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe established a camp called Sacred Stone with the intent of stopping the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which desecrated ancient burial and prayer sites. Director Shannon Kring filmed the epic story of the Indigenous women who led this peaceful rebellion.

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Exile

Best of Fest Encores + Includes Filmmaker Introduction.
In the face of daily micro-aggressions (and worse) from his German work colleagues, a prickly Kosovo-born pharmaceutical engineer becomes increasingly paranoid and plunges into an identity crisis. “A nervily comic, impressively poised psychodrama.” --Variety

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Havel

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This refreshing, humorous, warts and all creative biopic follows the metamorphosis of Václav Havel from carefree playwright of the 1960s to banned and jailed human rights activist to eventual President of Czechoslovakia. Be inspired once again by Havel’s courageous battle against oppression and the sacrifices he made.

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Hollywood Fringe

Best of Fest Encores + Outdoor Screening + Virtual + Q&A
Samantha and Travis have been trying to break into movies for years. When their dream project is green-lit, the producers want Travis for the male lead, but a younger actress for the female lead. What is Samantha to do but put on her infamous “Alien Play” at the Fringe Festival?

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Hotel Coppelia

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During the 1965 Revolution in the Dominican Republic, freedom fighters struggled to reinstate President Juan Emilio Bosch Gaviño to power. When the American military invades, the soldiers hole up in a seaside brothel, and suddenly a forlorn band of prostitutes is forced to pick sides.

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I Was, I Am, I Will Be

Best of Fest Encores + Includes Filmmaker Introduction.
This touching, humanist drama centers on the relationship of a Kurdish gigolo and an airline pilot. Given the opportunity to study and work in Germany, Baran moves from a troubled past to a complicated present, with the prospect of a promising future not far from his grasp. An undiscovered gem.

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Lily Topples The World

Best of Fest Encores + Includes Filmmaker Introduction.
Lily Havesh is a young woman with a unique passion… for assembling and toppling dominoes. Director Jeremy Workman follows Lily around the world as she created dozens of mind-bending moving sculptures. From executive producer Kelly Marie Tran comes this awe-inspiring SXSW prize-winner.

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Luzzu

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The colorful luzzo boats, for generations made out of wood, painted in bright yellows, reds, greens, and other colors, are a trademark of Maltese fisherman. When Jesmark finds his precious boat leaking, it might spell disaster, in this Sundance award-winning drama from director Alex Camilleri.

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Mogul Mowgli

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MC Zed (Riz Ahmed) is a talented and angry young man, a British-Pakistani rapper seemingly at odds with the world and his family in equal measure. He’s channeled that anger into music, but on the cusp of stardom, his own body betrays him.

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The Monopoly of Violence

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As part of the so-called “yellow vest” movement, French citizens took to the streets to oppose government policies. The state responded with unprecedented levels of police violence. Filmmaker and journalist David Dufresne gathered a cross-section of citizens to argue, discuss and examine the role of violence in French society, and, by extension, the world.

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My Dad is a Sausage

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When 12-year-old Zoe's dad suddenly burns out on his bank job and inexplicably decides to become an actor, she is the only one to encourage him. Essentially a buddy movie with a mid-life father and introverted daughter in the leading roles, this charming dramedy shows the importance of following your dreams.

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My Donkey, My Lover and I

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Eager for the perfect summer vacation with her very married lover, Antoinette receives a disappointing shock: he’s going on a trip with his wife instead. So Antoinette decides to climb the mountain herself in this heartfelt comedy.

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Never Gonna Snow Again

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A Ukrainian masseur uses his magic touch to change the lives of his wealthy but sad Polish clients in this intriguing social satire from the director of Mug (MSPIFF 2019). A combination of magical realism and moments of sober beauty and subtle humor, starring Alec Utgoff from Stranger Things.

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The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel

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From the filmmaking team behind The Corporation, the groundbreaking documentary that exposed corporations as psychopathic “citizens,” comes The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel, which exposes their supposed turn toward being good citizens, and how this is a smokescreen for even greater malfeasance.

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Nextwave Youth Shorts

Best of Fest Encores + FREE LIVE FILMMAKER Q&A May 22, 2021 2:00pm CST:
Enjoy a free program of shorts made by high school students all over the world, including right here in the Twin Cities. A showcase celebrating the finalists of MSPIFF’s Nextwave Youth Film Competition, this year’s program was selected from over 400 submissions by the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Art Team, a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) group of young people dedicated to racial, cultural, and gender representation as a priority in their work to intentionally make space for youth of various backgrounds, and to create opportunities for emerging youth artists.

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The Night of the Beast

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The Night of the Beast finds us in Bogota, Colombia on a day two friends' dreams are to come true; they've got tickets to see their favorite band play for the first and maybe only time in their lives. The band: Iron Maiden! But, like metal itself, this day is a slow build filled with epic moments and pandemonium.

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Not Going Quietly

Best of Fest Encores
Ady Barkan never intended to be a hero. Always passionate about social issues, he works as an organizer in California, until a diagnosis of ALS takes him to the front lines of health care reform, sometimes going face-to-face with Senators and members of Congress in the fight for affordable health care.

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Nudo Mixteco

Best of Fest Encores
Three stories become tied in a knot during the patron saint’s celebrations in San Mateo, a town in Oaxaca’s Mixteca region. Ángeles Cruz’s searing examination of sexuality in the face of masculinity in this Indigenous town is also a compassionate portrait of people in love, in danger, and in grief.

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Oaxacalifornia: The Return

Best of Fest Encores + Sneak Preview + Your ticket includes a recorded Filmmaker Q&A following the film.
The Mejia family emigrated from Oaxaca to Fresno, California 40 years ago. Filmmaker Trisha ZIff filmed the family in 1996, and returns now to see the changes that have settled over them, and follows the family on their return to Mexico.

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Red Soil

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Nour has just been hired as an infirmary nurse at the chemical plant that employs her father. Soon she discovers numerous employees with terminal diseases, and uncovers a pollution scam that threatens her town--and her father’s--way of life.

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Run Uje Run

Best of Fest Encores
Swedish cinema’s sleeper hit and the winner of the Gold Bug for the country’s best feature, this appealing autobiographical dramedy weaves together scenes of the eponymous protagonist’s everyday life with humorous music he composes and sings. Uje is Uje Brandelius, radio host and keyboard player for the band Doktor Kosmos.

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Shorts: Activism

Best of Fest Encores
Standing up for what is right, fighting injustice, and taking charge of the conversation.

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Shorts: Animation 1

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Part 1 of a selection of local and international animated shorts.

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Shorts: Animation 2

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Part 2 of a selection of local and international animated shorts.

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Shorts: Documentaries

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Real-life perspectives and experiences from around the world.

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Shorts: Dramas

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Engaging narratives ranging from costume dramas to thrillers.

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Shorts: Family Dynamics

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Whether they’re the ones we choose, or those we don’t, families are always complicated.

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Shorts: Lighter Fare

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Comedies and lighter dramas to boost your mood.

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Shorts: Music in Focus

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A collection of music videos and films centered on how music can impact our lives.

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Shorts: Relationships

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Partners come and go, but no two stories are the same.

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Shorts: Seeking Justice

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A selection of documentaries focused on social justice and seeking truth.

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Should the Wind Drop

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In the landlocked Nagorno-Karabakh Republic there sits a small airport, unused. Alain (Grégoire Colin), a French engineer, is tasked with determining whether or not the new airport is structurally sound, which puts him right in the middle of the last vestiges of a civil war.

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Sisters: The Summer We Found Our Superpowers

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Two Norwegian sisters are off on an overnight hiking trip with their free-spirited father in the woods. What could go wrong? When their daring dad takes an accidental tumble into a gorge, 5-year-old Billie and 9-year-old Vega must find their superpowers to save him.

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Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Best of Fest Encores + Opening Presentation + Outdoor Screening + Virtual + Special filmmaker introduction
In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record—created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.

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Tigers

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Borg vs. McEnroe screenwriter Ronnie Sandahl tells the true story of 16-year-old Swedish soccer prodigy Martin Bengtsson. A coming-of-age drama about a young man’s burning obsession in a world where everything, and everyone, has a price tag. Winner, Best Flash Forward Film, Busan; Best Nordic Film, Göteborg; Youth Jury Prize, Lübeck.

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TiTi

Best of Fest Encores + Ticket includes recorded Filmmaker Q&A
Cinematic magical realism meets hard-edged drama in Ida Panahandeh’s stunning look at the life of Titi, an Iranian Roma Gypsy who earns pennies cleaning hospitals, becomes a surrogate mother… and saves the world from a rogue black hole.

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Tove

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The Moomins are beloved cartoon characters, familiar to readers around the globe. But less is known about their creator, the bisexual, Swedish-speaking, Finnish visual artist and author Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001) and her surprisingly unconventional life. This engaging biopic goes a long way towards remedying that knowledge gap.

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Try Harder!

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At Lowell High School in San Francisco, the Asian American majority student body is made up of high-performing kids, who are gunning for spots at the most elite universities, and who are becoming more and more stressed as the pressure mounts to meet their own high expectations, as well as those of their parents.

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Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

Best of Fest Encores + Watch the recorded filmmaker conversation
Who We Are brings ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson’s searing Town Hall presentation on the legacy of white supremacy in America to life, as he travels across the country confronting both America’s tragic past and our urgent present-day reality.

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Wishlist

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Eva and Carmen are two women who meet in the worst place: the doctor’s office, waiting to hear the results of their cancer screenings. So Carmen has an idea: why don’t she and Eva rent an RV with her best pal, Mar, make a list of things they’ve always wanted to do… and do them.

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Wuhan Wuhan

Best of Fest Encores + Ticket includes recorded Filmmaker Q&A
Following a group of citizens of Wuhan in the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yung Chang’s compassionate documentary examines what it means to be human in the face of overwhelming disaster.

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