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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keri Pickett produced and directed “The Fabulous Ice Age” – a film about the history of theatrical ice shows which dates back 100 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can’t think of a more appropriate title for the final film of the 2012 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.
If you read the word trilogy and immediately think Star Wars, prepare yourself: something new is on your horizon.
“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).