With autumn comes the start of the season for serious-minded movies, which is sometimes mistakenly confused by some for “Oscar season.” Truth be told, Oscar season is never over — Sundance kicks any given year’s Oscar season before last year’s awards are even handed out. (On that note, keep an eye out for J.K. Simmons’ performance in Whiplash among next year’s best supporting actor contenders.)

Still, the amount of overlap isn’t entirely an accident either, and as it has throughout its existence, the Twin Cities Film Fest just announced a slate that includes more than just a few movies that have awards bloggers all hot and bothered.

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The 2014 fest opens with a screening of Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children, which stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer and Jennifer Garner. While at one time, Jason Reitman’s films consistently earned plaudits (he previously directed Juno and Up in the Air), his most recent film Labor Day earned nearly as much attention … for all the wrong reasons. It remains to be seen if he can get back on track.

Far more likely, though, to figure into next year’s Oscar nominations are the two films that help close out the fest. Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as Alan Turing in the biopic The Imitation Game is getting legendary reviews, and Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern are said to be at the top of their games in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild. (Vallée recently directed Dallas Buyers Club.)

The rest of the selections boast something for everyone, from Tsai Ming-Liang’s astonishing Stray Dog to Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter, which stars Rinko Kikuchi as a woman obsessed with finding the briefcase filled with money that Steve Buscemi’s character buried in Fargo, believing it to have been a true story.

Below is a list of all the movies set to screen during the TCFF. All screenings are at the Showplace ICON at West End. More information is available here.

October 16
7:30 PM: Men, Women & Children

October 17
1:00 PM: The Immortalists
3:00 PM: Big Significant Things
5:15 PM: Father-Like Son
7:30 PM: The Last Time You Had Fun
9:30 PM: V/H/S: Viral

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October 18
10:00 AM: One Good Year
12:00 PM: These Hopeless Savages
2:00 PM: Old Fashioned
4:45 PM: 3 Nights in the Desert
6:00 PM: BFFs
7:00 PM: The Heart Machine
8:30 PM: The Well
9:00 PM: House of Manson

October 19
10:30 AM: Born to Fly
12:30 PM: A Family Affair (Shorts Block)
3:00 PM: The Young Kieslowski
6:00 PM: Wild Canaries
8:30 PM: Just Before I Go

October 20
6:00 PM: Evil, Enemies, and Aliens (Shorts Block)
8:45 PM: The Transylvania TV

October 21
6:00 PM: To Say Goodbye
8:45 PM: Solitude

October 22
12:30 PM: Flying Paper
2:15 PM: Father-Like Son
4:30 PM: Old Fashioned
6:00 PM: Hunger In America
7:00 PM: Comet
8:30 PM: The Control Group
9:30 PM: The Well

October 23
11:30 AM: Hoop Dreams
3:00 PM: The Immortalists
5:00 PM: Where the Trail Ends
5:45 PM: The World Around Us (Shorts Block)
7:00 PM: Stray Dog
8:30 PM: Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter
9:30 PM: Strike One

October 24
11:00 AM: The Syndrome
2:30 PM: Big Significant Things
4:30 PM: The Heart Machine
6:00 PM: Lust, Love & Loss (Shorts Block)
6:30 PM: Breaking Free From The Life
8:30 PM: The Imitation Game
9:00 PM: The Last Time You Had Fun

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October 25
10:00 AM: The Syndrome
12:30 PM: Women in Charge (Shorts Block)
3:00 PM: Scouts Honor
5:30 PM: Ink & Steel
6:00 PM: Wild
8:30 PM: Time Lapse

Eric Henderson