Bill Pohlad, known for producing such powerful films as 12 Years a Slave, Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain, will have a director credit on a film slated to cap off this year’s Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.

MSPIFF officials announced Wednesday that Pohlad’s Love & Mercy, a biopic about legendary Beach Boys musician Brian Wilson, will screen at the festival and be its closing presentation.

The director will be present at both screenings.

The first one is scheduled for Friday, April 24, at the Walker Art Center. The second is set for the festival’s closing night: Saturday, April 25, at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, where Pohlad will do a Q&A session.

Tickets go on sale to members of the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul on March 10. The general public can buy them on March 24.

Love & Mercy stars Paul Dano and John Cusack as the younger and older versions of the artist. The film depicts his stardom in the 1960s alongside his later struggle with mental illness. Paul Giamatti plays his psychotherapist.

So far, the film has seen mostly positive reviews from its screenings at the Toronto Film Festival.

Pohlad’s family is familiar to many in Minnesota. His brother, Jim, is the current owner of the Minnesota Twins. Their father, Carl, owned the franchise from 1984 until 2009.

No other titles in this year’s MSPIFF have been announced.  The festival is set to run from April 9 through April 25.

For more information on the festival (including ticket prices and passes), head over to mspfilm.org. 

Jonathon Sharp

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