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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 6: ‘The Fifth Season’

When a small Belgium town holds its annual festival to chase away winter with a bonfire, the citizens find it impossible to light their ample kindling. But stranger things await the town in The Fifth Season, a gorgeously filmed gem by husband and wife directors Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth.

04/16/2013

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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 4: ‘Augustine’

Augustine is the second movie in the past three years to deal with the long-discredited disease referred to as “female hysteria” – used as the go-to diagnosis for many mental and physical health problems suffered by women in the 18th and 19th centuries.

04/14/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 3: ‘After Lucia’

After Lucia is an ultra-stylized Mexican film about loss and suffering, stoicism and shame. It’s a sober look into the reality of teenage bullying — cellphones, I swear, are weapons — and what can happen when victims feel they’ve no shoulder to lean on.

04/13/2013

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Minn. Filmmaker Debuts Ice Show Documentary At Int’l Film Fest

Keri Pickett produced and directed “The Fabulous Ice Age” – a film about the history of theatrical ice shows which dates back 100 years.

04/12/2013

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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: This Week’s Best Bets

Forget about the forecast. No, seriously. Pretend you didn’t just hear Mike Augustyniak toss out the possibility that parts of Minnesota could see up to a foot of snow later this week.

04/08/2013

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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 21: ‘Dreileben’ Trilogy

If you read the word trilogy and immediately think Star Wars, prepare yourself: something new is on your horizon.

05/02/2012

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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 15: ‘The Curse of the Gothic Symphony’

This movie isn’t nearly as dark as it pretends to be.

04/26/2012

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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 13: ‘The Sound Of Small Things’

Minnesota and mumblecore. Like peanut butter and jelly (or, rather, like peanut butter and the roof of your cast’s mouth). Local writer-director Peter McLarnan keeps his cards awfully close throughout The Sound of Small Things.

04/24/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 12: ‘In Organic We Trust’

Have you ever considered what the word organic means when you see it on fruit, vegetables or ice cream cones? Did its meaning, in your mind, seem to be a mash of words like fresh, nutritious, eco-friendly, expensive and hip? If so, In Organic We Trust might be something fresh for you.

04/23/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 12: ‘King For 2 Days’

If you’ve never heard of Twin Cities’ drummer Dave King, you may have heard of one of his five bands.

04/23/2012

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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: ‘God Bless America’

Do you hate American media and pop culture? I mean really hate it? Well so does comedian/director Bobcat Goldthwait.

04/20/2012

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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 6: The Carrier

Your average NYC socialite rarely travels further east than The Hamptons. But filmmaker Margaret Betts isn’t your average heiress.

04/17/2012

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