A Look At The Winning Films From MSPIFF 2015After showing more than 200 films over the course of the past few weeks, the 34th annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival has wrapped up, and the competition results are in.
Day 17 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'White Shadow' ReviewedDozens have been killed and mutilated in Tanzania in the past 15 years, and all because they were born with albinism, a congenital pigmentation disorder. But these people were not targeted simply because of their unusual appearance. Some in the East African country believe harvesting the organs and body parts of albinos provides good luck.
Day 16 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'The End Of The Tour' (Not) Reviewed
Day 15 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Heart Of Wilderness' ReviewedThe Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a spiritual place for anyone who has ever ventured there, for an ordeal packed with unforgettable serenity. But even in the of the golden age of the Minnesota Film Board in the 1990s, a location scout could never convince anyone that the BWCA was a practical place to shoot for even an afternoon.
Day 14 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Antarctic Edge' ReviewedScience documentaries focusing on climate change in Antarctica, with gorgeous images of cerulean icebergs and throngs of wobbling penguins, are not exactly rare these days. Dena Seidel’s Antarctic Edge is the latest among them, and while it’s not as mesmerizing as last year’s Antarctica: A Year on Ice, it does champion an important group of people: the scientists spending huge chunks of their lives studying the frozen continent.
Day 12 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Theeb' Reviewed
Day 11 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution' Reviewed
Day 10 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Slow West' Reviewed
Day 9 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Hello! Junichi' ReviewedMy introduction to Japanese artist and director Katsuhito Ishii was, oddly enough, at the 2005 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. I had no idea what I was getting into at a screening of The Taste Of Tea -- a hilarious, quiet, outrageous, sensitive, violent, magical and sob-provoking tale of a multi-generational family.
Day 8 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Girlhood' Reviewed
Day 7 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘The Mask You Live In’ ReviewedWhy is it that nearly all of America’s mass murders are men, when women have just as easy access to firearms? Why are boys more likely to be bullied? To have learning issues? To drop out of school? To commit suicide? Those are just a few of the questions posed by The Mask You Live In, the latest documentary on gender in America by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, whose last film, Miss Representation, explored how women are under-represented in positions of power.
Day 6 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Finding Gastón' ReviewedSaying that a documentary about a world-renowned chef could make your mouth water isn’t really impressive. But if a film could make you a fan of a country, a people, a cuisine, that’s something more powerful. Julia Patricia Perez’s <em>Finding Gaston</em> introduces the audience to one of Peru’s greatest cultural ambassadors, Gaston Acurio. The man, who appears at length in the film, is a bastion for every pepper, sauce and recipe native to his homeland, and he goes to incredible lengths to fortify the small Latin American nation as a haven for culinary treasures.