It seems the Minnesota shorts programs get richer or at least fuller with each passing year. There were no less than three programs this year, and that’s just to cover the narrative features. Here are MSPIFF’s descriptions for the third collection.
• Sicky: A little girl invents an imaginary friend to cope with her mother’s illness.
• City Boots: A lesson in taming a beast becomes a lesson in taming each other.
• School Night: Buddy and Kenny break into their high school in order to blow it up.
• Golden Hour: Jim is troubled by memory loss and is desperate to uncover his past. He relies on a book of prompts and post-it reminders to get him through simple daily tasks. Jim’s mind has become scrambled with film clips of his life, where he searches to uncover the fragmented memory of a lost love.
• Angelica: A haunting love story told in a no-budget, photographic sequential art production that shows a love that never dies.
As you can see, a little something for everyone among this batch. The Minnesota Narrative Shorts Showcase #3 plays at St. Anthony Main Theater today at 7 p.m.
Other Highlights: Tuesday, April 23
Canned Dreams. Think all you need to know about that 99-cent can of ravioli can be found in that list of ingredients? Canned Dreams talks with seven different workers from around the world to see just how much effort actually goes into filling that can. (5:15 p.m., with an additional screening on Sunday, April 28 at 3:45 p.m.)
Gold Fever. Another Minnesota-connected production, Gold Fever is a documentary about international gold mining from the same crew behind MSPIFF 2008’s best-of-fest winner Pond Hockey. (7:15 p.m., with an additional screening on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.)
Children Of Serajevo. A Cannes debut last year, Children of Sarajevo dissects the aftermath of Bosnia’s war through the eyes of a young orphaned woman who is fighting to keep her younger brother from a life of crime. (9:55 p.m., with an additional screening on Saturday, April 27 at 3 p.m.)
Throughout the entirety of the 2013 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, we’ll be spotlighting one notable movie each day, along with other notable screenings. To see the WCCO Movie Blog’s complete coverage on the MSPIFF, click here.