Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 8: ‘Aftermath’

Władysław Pasikowski’s Aftermath, a work of fiction, was met with outrage by some of the Polish media upon release. It was even labeled by some as anti-Polish for suggesting that some citizens may have been more than complicit with the Nazis during the occupation. Set in the past decade, the film tells the tale of two brothers, one who left 20 years earlier to work as an asbestos remover in Chicago, while the other stayed in Poland to run the family’s farm.

04/10/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 7: ‘The Strange Color Of Your Body’s Tears’

I never understand why some people object to movies wherein the surface is the primary element and the rest is not necessarily subjugated but at least is entirely informed by that element. But there is admittedly something to be said for discipline.

04/09/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 6: ‘Concrete Night’

Rippling, oozing, flowing: Concrete Night is moody Finish noir film awash in smoke and liquids. Submerged at the start, the camera shows us the main character, a teenage boy named Simo (Johannes Brotherus), struggling in a dream sequence to swim […]

04/08/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 5: ‘Nobody’s Daughter Haewon’

It’s a little difficult to recommend today’s selection if you aren’t already familiar with the films of South Korean master Hong Sang-soo. Like many auteurists’ pet faves, he tends to allow elements and themes to flow freely between his films, and the result is a body of work that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

04/07/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 3: ‘Stop The Pounding Heart’

Italian filmmaker Roberto Minervini has created one of the most gorgeous and subtle films on Christianity in America that I’ve ever seen. Using real-life goat farmers from rural Texas, his film both documents a lifestyle and explores the complications […]

04/05/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 2: ‘Closed Curtain’

I know it’s perpetually bad form to criticize the critics when it comes to covering festival movies, but sometimes it’s inevitable when it feels like critics are the only ones talking about a given film. But to hear people accuse “Closed Curtain” of being self-pitying, well, cry me a river.

04/04/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 1: ‘Belle’

While at this time last year, very few people had likely heard the name Solomon Northup (the victimized protagonist of the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave), it’s a safe bet far fewer still had ever heard of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay.

04/03/2014

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Movie Blog: Full List Of MSPIFF Titles Released

The words that I wrote last year still ring true, and thankfully earlier than usual this year: “There are few things sweeter than the sight of grass peeking through the snow after a long, hard winter season. But the opportunity to see new movies from world-class auteurs and local up-and-comers alike is among those things.”

03/07/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 17: ‘Tutti Giù’

Three stories, one city. That’s the narrative conceit director Niccolò Castelli deploys in Tutti Giù. And to help whip it all together there’s the kinetic energy of pretty X-Games-style photography. The movie’s three Italian-speaking Swiss […]

04/27/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 15: ‘Ape’

Young comedian Trevor Newandyke doesn’t find much success on stage, or in any area of his life. His only pleasures include listening to his Walkman, watching daytime TV and indulging in pyromania.

04/25/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 13: ‘Minnesota Narrative Shorts’

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 […]

04/23/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 12: ‘Polluting Paradise’

Polluting Paradise is a doc about what happens when a massive landfill is placed just a stone’s throw from a garden-like landscape home to generations of Turkish tea growers.

04/22/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 11: ‘Hannah Arendt’

The phrase “the banality of evil” has been tossed around a few times during the last week, once the social network took a glimpse at the purported Twitter account of the 19-year-old suspected in last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.

04/21/2013

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Star Of Backup Singer Doc To Perform In Mpls.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A longtime backup singer to some famous rock acts is scheduled to perform Friday night in Minneapolis. Merry Clayton, star of the documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” will perform at a screening […]

04/19/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 8: ‘Informant’

Remember the RNC Welcoming Committee? That group of self-described anarchists who were caught supposedly planning to shatter Molotov cocktails at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul?

04/18/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 7: ‘Piazza Fontana’

Marco Tullio Giordana’s The Best of Youth was one of the most impressive historical dramas of the last decade that just happened to be covering a period many people in Italy themselves lived through.

04/17/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 5: ‘La Playa DC’

Serious and subtle, “La Playa DC” captures the coming of age of a Colombian boy pulled in different directions by everything — this past, his poverty, his pride, family, friends and dreams.

04/15/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 2: ‘Leviathan’

If you thought Deadliest Catch was unnerving, imagine experiencing the show aboard the ship, peering through a pinhole, trying to make out what’s moving around among the dripping nets, inhaling salty night air, underneath a cloud of scavenging sea birds.

04/12/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 1: ‘The Angels’ Share’

Throughout the entire festival, WCCO’s Movie Blog will be spotlighting one particularly notable MSPIFF movie each day. So clear your schedules and get ready to go around the world in 18 days.

04/11/2013

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Movie Blog: Full List Of MSPIFF Titles Announced

We’re now just a few weeks away from the opening of the 2013 MSPIFF, and it still feels pretty much like winter out there. So there will be no reason to feel bad about seeking late-season refuge inside a movie theater … for weeks.

03/28/2013

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Movie Blog: MSPIFF Announces 1st Batch Of Titles

There are few things sweeter than the sight of grass peeking through the snow after a long, hard winter season. But the opportunity to see new movies from world-class auteurs and local up-and-comers alike is among those things.

03/05/2013

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Movie Blog: Call For Submissions To 2013 MSPIFF

The dates have been set for the 2013 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Twin Cities film fans should block April 11-28 from their calendars.

09/05/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 22: ‘Where Do We Go Now?’

I can’t think of a more appropriate title for the final film of the 2012 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.

05/03/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 20: ‘Nancy, Please’

“The dog ate my homework” gets a wryly navel-gazing, grad school spin in Nancy, Please (a film which, incidentally, boasts maybe my favorite title this year).

05/01/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 19: ‘Keyhole’

The latest film from Canadian treasure Guy Maddin is a handmade masterpiece.

04/30/2012

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