Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

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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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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 16: ‘Found Memories’

Gorgeously filmed (with only the very faintest whiff of a Stella Artois advertisement), Found Memories is another spin on the “strong will of youth overcomes staid obsolescence of age” archetype.

04/27/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 14: ‘Restoration’

The thing about crowd-pleasers at film festivals … after a few of them, they start to all seem as though they’re operating from the exact same playbook. You can anticipate the emotional beats with no […]

04/25/2012

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Movie Blog: MSPIFF, Day 10: ‘Memorial Day,’ ‘Kill List’

Made in Minnesota with the reported assistance of Minnesota military organizations, Memorial Day is indeed a reverent piece of filmmaking, one which uses the same vocabulary as any number of other, more skeptical war movies.

04/21/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 9: ‘Year Of The Tiger’

Besides daggers, mirrors and labyrinths, the Argentinian poet Borges felt an intense connection to tigers, and while reading Kipling’s Jungle Book as a kid, he was upset that Shere Khan was a villain and not the protagonist’s friend.

04/20/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 4: ‘The Salt Of Life’

I remember watching a documentary about the angst of middle-aged men. One guy in his late 50s laments the fact that he can’t get the attention of anyone at the bars or clubs he frequents, despite all the time he continues to put into maintaining his own visage.

04/15/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 3: ‘Eye Of The Storm’

Fred Schepisi isn’t particularly high on the list of most cinephile’s lists of great working auteurs, but for a small, fiercely devoted group. The small, devoted group have a solid case, though.

04/14/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 2: ‘Bert Stern’

For a man whose work is as timeless as photographer Bert Stern’s, the title of his documentary kowtows almost disappointingly to current concerns … but for understandable reasons.

04/13/2012

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Movie Blog: Ready Or Not, It’s MSPIFF Time!

Hey, the weather’s been nice for a while now. There’s no reason why you should spend your April basking in the sunlight we’ve already enjoyed for weeks. Especially since the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul just announced the list of movies playing during this year’s three-week-long Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.

04/12/2012

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Movie Blog: MSPIFF Wraps Up After 3 Weeks

Remember back when the 2011 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival began? Remember how much colder it was that April 14th? The high temperature struggling to just barely edge into the 60s? Man, that seems like so long ago now. Oh wait …

05/05/2011

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Movie Blog MSPIFF Spotlight: ‘Stake Land’

The second to last night of MSPIFF bites … in a post-apocalyptic vampire kinda way.

05/04/2011

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Movie Blog MSPIFF Spotlight: ‘My Joy’

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival is winding down, but some of the biggest titles are still in play, at least so far as exposure on the international festival circuit goes. For instance, “My Joy.”

05/02/2011

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Movie Blog MSPIFF Spotlight: ‘Sleeping Beauty’

To be blunt, I’m not sure Catherine Breillat cares what I think about her movies. In fact, I’m sure she cares about what I don’t think about her movies. Actually, I suspect she thinks I don’t think at all.

05/01/2011

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Movie Blog MSPIFF Spotlight: ‘Free Radicals’

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film plays like a hip-hop collaboration in which a rapper or producer features the rhymes or rhythms of his rapper and producer friends.

04/28/2011

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