Movie Blog MSPIFF Spotlight: Int’l Shorts

By Stephen Swanson, WCCO

International Narrative Shorts serves up four films between ten and thirty minutes in length, with genres ranging from family drama to supernatural horror.

From Algeria, Garagouz is a lighthearted road trip between a father and son puppet show duo.

It’s Natural to be Afraid is a U.K. submission about a mourner and an immigrant crossing paths.

By way of Canada, Mokhtar is based on a true story about a rebellious Moroccan goat-herder, his pet owl, and his indigent family.

And the most outrageous offering comes from Korean brothers Chan-wook and Chan-kyong Park. Night Fishing, shot entirely on an iPhone 4, shows just what happens when a fisher catches a woman in a white dress … right out of the river.

If you’ve familiar with Chan-wook’s Oldboy or Thirst, you may have an idea of the craziness that he can cram into this 30-minute package! (Theater 5, 9:15 p.m.)



Other Highlights: Monday, April 18

2011 msp film festival logo Movie Blog MSPIFF Spotlight: Intl Shorts

(credit: The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul)

All Over The Walls, which will be screened free of charge and as a work in progress. This locally-made doc covers the work of a mixed media artist here in Minneapolis. (Theater 3; 6:30 p.m.)

Bill Cunningham New York, in Bill Cunningham’s world, Prada wears the Devil. A portrait of one of the most unexpectedly revered members of the fashion community. (Theater 1; 7 p.m.)

We Are What We Are, a moody, blank-faced horror movie about cannibals that also doubles as a metaphorical portrait of overground/underground Mexico City. Sign me up! (Theater 4; 9:30 p.m.)


For the complete festival schedule, click here. An alphabetical listing of all the movies being shown can be found here. Ticket information is here.


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