Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival @ the Capri
The 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) brings bold, exciting and inspiring works by emerging and veteran filmmakers to the Twin Cities April 4-20, 2019, presenting a carefully curated selection of 250+ new films representing some 100 cultures and countries and welcoming many guests from around the world each year.
MSPIFF, one of the longest-running film festivals in the country, the largest annual film event in the region and among the largest international gatherings in the region, draws an attendance of 50,000 annually. This year, MSPIFF expands to include select screenings at the Parkway Theater, in addition to screenings at its hub at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, the Capri Theater, Metropolitan State University’s Film Space in St. Paul and the Marcus Theater in Rochester.
For 38 years, the staff of the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, the Festival’s parent organization, has scoured international film festivals to bring a unique slate of award-winning, critically acclaimed international films to regional audiences, films that otherwise would never be screened in this market.
Ticket prices: $15 General Public; $11 Film Society Members; $8 Youth up to 25 & Students w/ID.
MSPIFF Films @ the Capri (listed in chronological order)
In this suspenseful wartime drama set during the Great War, a band of American soldiers are directed to venture behind enemy lines. Their mission is to rescue a platoon of missing soldiers. Program: New American Visions. Directed by Steven Luke. USA. 2019. English 108 min. Fiction Feature
7pm Friday, April 5
During their senior year of high school, students Christine, Enoch and Karoline work to finish their college applications while also serving as peer mentors to fellow students facing an uphill battle to achieve their dreams. Personal Statement is their story. Program: New American Visions. Directed by Juliane Dressner, Edwin Martinez. USA. 2018. English. 87 min. Documentary Feature
4pm Saturday, April 6
MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
Stanley Nelson’s masterful documentary on jazz musician Miles Davis is far more than a history lesson. The Birth Of Cool explores Davis’ relationships, influences, personal struggles and triumphs to offer a vivid picture into the life of a legend. Program: New American Visions. Directed by Stanley Nelson. USA. 2019. English. 115 min. Documentary Feature
6:30pm Saturday, April 6
Set in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Jean-Phillipe Gaud’s feature debut follows Elias, who studied Moroccan cuisine under the guidance of his grandmother. Now as an adult, Elias ventures to Paris with dreams of becoming a chief. Program:Images of Africa. Directed by Jean-Philippe Gaud. France, Morocco. 2018
French, Arabic w/English subtitles. 95 min. Fiction Feature.
7pm Thursday, April 11
LAILA AT THE BRIDGE
The story of Laila Haidari is brought to the screen in this riveting documentary from Elizabeth and Gulistan Mirzaei. Having endured a cruel upbringing and a child marriage, Laila now leads the charge against another threat–the heroin addiction crisis facing Afghanistan. Program: World Cinema. Directed by Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei. Canada, Afghanistan. 2018. Dari, Pushto, Persian w/English subtitles. 96 min. Documentary Feature.
7pm Friday, April 12
THE SCOUNDRELS (狂徒)
Disgraced basketball player Ray finds himself caught in the web of an infamous car thief called the Raincoat Robber. Soon after, Ray is forced to go on the run when he is marked as suspect in the Raincoat Robber’s latest heist. Program: Dark Out. Directed by Hung Tzu-Hsuan. Taiwan 2018. Chinese (Mandarin) w/English subtitles
105 min. Fiction Feature
9:30pm Friday, April 12
LOVE THEM FIRST: LESSONS FROM LUCY LANEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Minnesota-based directors Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin follow the students of Lucy Laney Elementary School in North Minneapolis, providing an inspiring inside look into early childhood development, the school’s infrastructure and current needs. Program: New American Visions. Directed by Lindsey Seavert, Ben Garvin. USA. 2019. English. 89 min. Documentary Feature.
3pm Saturday, April 13
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM
From acclaimed photographer and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders comes a groundbreaking profile of the equally legendary author Toni Morrison. Featuring interviews from Morrison, Oprah Winfrey and Viola Davis. Program: New American Visions. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders USA. 2019. English. 119 min. Documentary Feature.
5:45pm Saturday, April 137
THIS IS NOT BERLIN (ESTO NO ES BERLÍN)
A coming-of-age set in 1986, Mexico City, This Is Not Berlin focuses on Carlos, a mild-mannered youth who becomes immersed in the punk scene and other subcultures of the city. Program: Cine Latino. Directed by Hari Sama. Mexico. 2019. Spanish w/English subtitles. 105 min. Narrative Feature.
8:45pm Saturday, April 13
ALWAYS IN SEASON
When Claudia Lacy’s beloved son Lennon is found hanging from a swing set in rural Bladenboro, North Carolina, she sets out to disprove the questionable determination by local authorities that Lennon’s death is a suicide. Winner, Special Sundance Jury Award for Moral Urgency. Program: New American Visions. Directed by Jacqueline Olive. USA. 2018. English. 88 min. Documentary Feature.
2pm Sunday, April 14
Addis Ababa, 1989: a teen girl experiences a harrowing coming of age. Sixteen-year-old Mina’s Jewish family is planning to flee war-torn Ethiopia for Israel. But this plan leaves out the person Mina loves most: Eli, her Christian boyfriend. Program: Images of Africa. Directed by Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian. Ethiopia, Israel, Germany, France. 2018. Amharic w/English subtitles. 93 min. Fiction Feature.
4:30pm Sunday, April 14
PERFECT STRANGERS (Perfectos Desconocidos)
A seemingly harmless game turns a dinner party into a night of hilarious and startling revelations in Manolo Caro’s Perfect Strangers. Most long-time friends, the guests’ relationships are tested when the game reveals that the truth may be a matter of perspective. Program: Cine Latino. Directed by Manolo Caro. Mexico. 2018. Spanish w/English subtitles. 101 min. Narrative Feature.
7pm Thursday, April 18
A Chinese period film from director Zhang Yimou, Shadow follows a calculating general who seeks to gain the upper hand over a rival kingdom using any means necessary, even if the plot involves dopplegangers, kings and his own wife. Program: Special Presentations. Directed by Zhang Yimou. China. 2018. Chinese (Mandarin) w/English subtitles. 115 min. Fiction Feature.
7pm Friday, April 19
X – The eXploited (X – A rendszerből törölve)
This intense and stylish crime drama shows how the unsettled heritage of the communist past still haunts Hungary. In present-day Budapest, talented investigative detective Éva must overcome her panic attacks in order to save her country – and herself. Program: World Cinema. Directed by Károly Ujj Mészáros. Hungary. 2018. Hungarian w/English subtitles. 114 min. Fiction Feature.
9:30pm Friday, April 19