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For the past six years, the Tom Grady

Fund has provided major funding for

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International

Film Festival. We would like to extend

our thanks to Tim Grady and to the Tom

Grady Fund for their generous support.

January 23, 1949 - October 25, 2004

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FILM SCHEDULE
KEY
Special Competition: Competition: Competition: Competition: Minnesota World American Late Childish
Documentary
Presentation Narrative Documentary Emerging Short Made Cinema Independents Night Films

THURSDAY 4/14 -- OPENING NIGHT


Page One: Inside The New York Times Trollhunter w/ Score: A Hockey Musical
7:30

8:00

7:45
Dir Andrew Rossi & David Carr Present The Last Norwegian Troll Actor Noah Reid Present
88 min 103 min 92 min

St. Anthony 1 St. Anthony 2 St. Anthony 3 St. Anthony 4 St. Anthony 5

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KEY
Special Competition: Competition: Competition: Competition: Minnesota World American Late Childish
Documentary
Presentation Narrative Documentary Emerging Short Made Cinema Independents Night Films

St. Anthony 1 St. Anthony 2 St. Anthony 3 St. Anthony 4 St. Anthony 5

Windfall
Dir Laura Israel 7:00 AT BELL
Present AUDITORIUM
83 min

FRIDAY 4/22
Facebook's Adorno
Changed My Life, Madly in Love La Petite Chambre Truck Farm
3:15

2:45

3:15

3:00

Night Fishing 90 min 87 min 50 min


60 min
The First Beautiful Europe's Backyard
Bardsongs October Honeymoons
4:45

5:45

4:45

5:30

4:15

Thing Kings of Oslo


94 min 93 min 95 min
122 min 52/62 min
Norman Mailer: The Bringing King to China
Amigo Exporting Raymond American A Screaming Man Dir Kevin McKiernan
6:45

7:45

7:15

7:30

6:45

128 min 86 min Guests Invited 92 min Present


106 min 85 min
Just Like Us On The Ice
The Myth of the
Dir Ahmed Ahmed 13 Assassins No Return Dir Andrew Okpeaha
9:15

9:45

9:30

9:30

9:15

American Sleepover
Present 140 min 104 min MacLean Present
97 min
72 min 96 min

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KEY
Special Competition: Competition: Competition: Competition: Minnesota World American Late Childish
Documentary
Presentation Narrative Documentary Emerging Short Made Cinema Independents Night Films

St. Anthony 1 St. Anthony 2 St. Anthony 3 St. Anthony 4 St. Anthony 5

WEDNESDAY 4/27
Dumas A Screaming Man The Tenants Lila Lila The Mill and The Cross
4:30

4:45

4:15

4:45

4:45

105 min 92 min 103 min 104 min 97 min

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Special Competition: Competition: Competition: Competition: Minnesota World American Late Childish
Documentary
Presentation Narrative Documentary Emerging Short Made Cinema Independents Night Films

St. Anthony 1 St. Anthony 2 St. Anthony 3 St. Anthony 4 St. Anthony 5

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KEY
Special Competition: Competition: Competition: Competition: Minnesota World American Late Childish
Documentary
Presentation Narrative Documentary Emerging Short Made Cinema Independents Night Films

St. Anthony 1 St. Anthony 2 St. Anthony 3 St. Anthony 4 St. Anthony 5
SUNDAY 5/1
12:00

12:00

11:00
Master Class Opera The Hedgehog Love During Wartime Crocodiles Eleanor's Secret

1:45

1:00
95 min 98 min 92 min 98 min 75 min
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
Dir Chad Freidrichs Young Goethe in Love My Perestroika The Actresses Laboratory
2:00

4:15

2:00

3:00

1:00
Present 100 min 88 min 104 min 122 min
83 min
The Bengali Detective
Bobby Fischer Against
Filmmaker Annie Twisted Roots How to Live Forever
4:30

4:00

5:15

3:30
the World
Sundberg Present 99 min 92 min
90 min
100 min
Plato's Academy
6:30

In the Garden of
102 min
The Lutefisk Wars Sounds
Tehran,Tehran The Sleeping Beauty
6:30

6:45

7:15

5:30
Filmmakers Present Filmmaker Frank
101 min 82 min
86 min Matter Present
86 min
This Prison Where I

7:30
El Infierno Live
Int'l Narrative Shorts Men in Rut Queen to Play
9:00

8:45

9:15

9:30
US Premiere 90 min
80 min 120 min 101 min
145 min 12 Angry Lebanese

9:30
78 min
MONDAY 5/2
Europe's Backyard
Wagner & Me 52 min Paradise Recovered
4:15

4:30

5:00
89 min Kings of Oslo 95 min
62 min
Somewhere to
Microphone Disappear
The Tree Colors in the Dark My Joy (Scastje Moto)
6:15

6:45

7:00

6:30

7:00
Filmmakers Invited Photographer Alec
100 min 85 min 127 min
120 min Soth Present
90 min
Just Between Us How to Start Your Own
Merry-Go-Round David Wants to Fly Bibliotheque Pascal
9:15

9:00

9:30

8:30

9:30
Dir Rajko Grlic Present Country
126 min 96 min 105 min
89 min 72 min
TUESDAY 5/3
The Lutefisk Wars The Colors of the
Vespa Au Revoir Taipei Illegal
5:00

5:15

5:00

5:30

4:45
Filmmakers Present Mountain
85 min 85 min 95 min
86 min 90 min
The Blood of Yingzhou
District,
Beginners Truck Farm Tongzhi In Love,
Honeymoons In Another Lifetime
7:00

7:15

7:00

7:30

6:45

Dir Mike Mills Present Dir Ian Cheney Present Warriors of Quigang: A
95 min 90 min
104 min 50 min Chinese Village Fights
Back
108 min
The Imperialists are
Tyrannosaur Kowasaki's Rose Feathered Cocaine Orgasm Inc
9:45

9:15

9:00

9:30

9:15

Still Alive!
91 min 100 min 80 min 73 min
90 min
WEDNESDAY 5/4
Tomorrow Will Be This Prison Where I
Gunnar Goes God Garbo the Spy The Fourth Portrait
4:45

4:30

5:15

5:00

4:30

Better Live
85 min 88 min 102 min
118 min 90 min
Trimpin the Sound of
Invention w/5
Microphone Just Between Us Variations on a Long
Sei Venezia Love During Wartime
6:45

7:00

7:15

7:15

6:30

Filmmakers Invited Dir Rajko Grlic Present String


95 min 92 min
120 min 89 min Dir Peter Esmonde
Present
99 min
MN SHORTS:
NARRATIVE The Tree Stake Land Strictly Confidential Marimbas From Hell
9:45

9:30

9:45

9:15

8:30

Filmmakers Present 100 min 98 min 105 min 72 min


120 min
THURSDAY 5/5 -- CLOSING NIGHT
7:00 &
7:15
Stuck Between Stations -- MN Sneak Preview -- Cast & Crew Present -- 85 min

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Festival Information
DIRECTORY CONTENTS: THANKS TO OUR VENUE PARTNER
Sponsor Map .................................. 4-5
Film Schedule ...............................6-10 ST. ANTHONY MAIN THEATRE
Fest Info.............................................11 115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414
VALIDATED PARKING is available at St.
Director’s Letters...............................13
Anthony Falls Ramp (210 2nd Avenue SE)
Mayor’s Letters .................................15
Sponsors .....................................16-17 For venue information and maps,
Festival Events..................................22 please visit www.mspfilmfest.org

Special Presentations ......................23


Panels................................................25
Films In Competition.........................27
Best Narrative ............................................ 28-30
Best Documentary..................................... 32-34
Best Emerging ........................................... 36-38
Minnesota Made Feature.......................... 40-41 SCHEDULE CHANGES
Best Short................................................... 44-48 Schedule is subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control,
Experimental .....................................51 such as shipping or customs issues. Last minute schedule changes will be
World Cinema .............................52-70 announced through “Fest-o-grams” available at the box office, or online at:
www.mspfilmfest.org
American Independents.............74-75
Documentaries ...........................80-94
TICKETING INFORMATION • HOW TO BUY YOUR TICKETS
Childish Films..............................98-99
All tickets and passes, except discounted, are available at mspfilmfest.org, or
Acknowledgements....................... 102 at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. Discounted tickets & passes for members,

f i n d m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n l i n e a t w w w. m s p f i l m f e s t . o r g
Staff & Board.................................. 103 students and seniors are ONLY available at the box office, and ticket purchasers
must be able to show proper identification to receive discount.
Index by Country & Title .........104-106

TICKETING INFORMATION FESTIVAL PASSES


GOLD PASS:
The Gold Pass is your ticket to every
festival screening (including Opening and
Closing Night), all panel discussions and
guaranteed priority seating up to 15 min-
utes before each Screening. Access ex-
cludes Opening and Closing Night Galas
(see details on events page). Available
online or at the St. Anthony Main Theatre
Box Office. Gold Pass purchasers must
present pass at box office to claim ticket
before each screening. The Gold Pass is
non-transferable. A photo will be taken to
personalize Gold Pass. Please allow 15
minutes for Gold Pass processing at time
of purchase.

6 -PACK
Good for 6 Festival Screenings, exclud-
ing Opening Night and Closing Night
films. Use one punch for 6 screenings, 6
punches for one screening, or anything in
between! 6-Packs may be split between
AUDIENCE POLL DRIVEN BY WALSER multiple people. Punch card is valid until
Your opinions are extremely valuable to us! Polls are taken after each film; we encourage you to
tear your ballot and drop it in the ballot box you’ll find in the lobby of the venue. From these polls, card runs out of punches.
we’ll announce the Audience Choice Award Winners.
All tickets, whether purchased online
* ONLINE TICKET PURCHASERS PLEASE NOTE: or at the box office are
In order to collect your tickets, you must bring the credit card used to purchase the tickets online
to the box office on the night of the screening.
non-refundable.
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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE:
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE:

Director ’s Letters
2011 MSP INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2011 MSP INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
April is the cruelest month, as the man said,
breeding lilacs out of the dead land, stirring
Welcome to the 2011 Minneapolis St.
memories and desire…so it is, another year,
Paul International Film Festival!
another fest, lilacs blooming, and so onward
We’ve set about to present to you the
and upwards with the arts…
best and the biggest MSP International
This year holds great promise, with more
Film Festival yet. This year - a banner
than 200 films, 38+ visiting directors and film
year for our parent organization,
professionals, from a conductor of Africa’s
The Film Society of Minneapolis St.
unlikeliest symphony orchestra to Norway’s
Paul - the Festival runs for three full
perennial Oscar-competing director, to a wide-ranging slate of new
weeks, and presents 200 international
documentaries and their makers, to directors on the firing line of
and independent movies from around the world. You’ll be
hot-button issues. A babel of languages from more than 50 countries;
able to catch a rare glimpse of films and cultures from over
local voices registering with the large slate of Minnesota entries; some
60 countries and 6 continents and see for yourself some of
categories competing in the jury prizes; titles chosen from many of
the best narrative and documentary cinema the world has
the world’s top festivals via our small in-house selection committee
to offer. Attend our Opening Weekend films, with three very
and secured by a wonderful set of in-house staff. For the music buff:
distinct selections on Opening Night. Attend our receptions
Wagner, Beethoven, Mozart, Opera, Blues, and more; literary landfall
and parties at Festival Central Pavilion on Opening Weekend.
(Dumas and Goethe), all new approaches; the secret folk world of the
Be a part of the exciting Audience Choice Award for best film.
Himalayas and Asian/African film and song.
Come to the Awards Ceremony. Join the crowds at the many
Of other changes: Opening Night: three features; a strong focus will
events over the festival’s run. Meet and mingle with visiting
be on “The Year of France in Minnesota,” with some 10 features; the
filmmakers from around the globe!
21st Century’s birth pangs, breeding out of the 20th, with at a look at
This Festival could not happen without our generous
Egypt and N. Africa/Mideast/Iran) cinema hotspots, directors invited;
sponsors, partners and donors, whose support has grown
Europe in Transition, with immigration stories from the East and West;
dramatically this year. It could also not happen without
Russia, still or emerging, from dark turmoil; the traditional Scandi-
our extraordinary staff and their flair and good humor. In
navian lifestyle undergoing heritage facelift in the excellent series of
particular our multi-talented office staff Ryan Oestreich, Jesse
documentaries stirring WWII memories; the shifting American scene,

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Bishop and Eric Wilson…and, of course, our Programmers.
in part looking at the role of the press, its “heroes” and villains,
You all know the remarkable contributions that Al Milgrom
(opening nite’s NYT story), Norman Mailer, Bill Cunningham, Bobby
continues to make to the programming of this festival. This
Fischer and others. A prizewinning group of “children’s” films. More
year he has a partner and co-programmer, Tim Grady, who
gala events than ever at tent central; and of course your obligatory
has stepped in with his own smart vision and knowledge of
complement of fun movies that seldom play the malls and other art
national and international film. The result is a particularly
houses. Thus, more desire than memory.
diverse and exciting slate of films in terms of perspectives,
And finally, many thanks to my friend and colleague, Tim Grady for co-
topics, genres, countries, age interests, and ways in which
programming this years festival. I’ve known Tim since the late sixties
the medium can be used. We know that this year’s selection
when, along with his brother Tom, he played a pivotal role in making
will appeal to our longtime devotees as well as to a new and
the University Film Society one of the best programs in America. Tim
expanded audience.
got the the Twin Cities thinking “film festival” by launching the first Min-
Thank you all for supporting The Film Society and Festival!
neapolis Film Festival in 1981.
We exist because of you. If you are already a member,
thank you. If not, become a member, sustain an important
Artistic Director,
cultural institution, and help us continue to bring you the
Al Milgrom
best in film from around the world – not only in April but
throughout the year…

Susan Smoluchowski,
Executive Director

Executive Director’s Post Scriptum


If April is indeed the cruelest month, escape it all, come inside,
enjoy the show…and know that April’s rough winds do shake
the darling buds of May…

HISTORY OF THE FILM SOCIETY AND THE MSP INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul has a rich 50-year history as a unique and critical part of the local cultural and civic fabric, serving the film community,
the broader arts and cultural community, educational institutions, the many ethnic and immigrant communities, and the general public. Our centerpiece, the
annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, is among the top annual cultural events here, drawing a diverse audience of some 45,000 every year.
We exhibit films from around the world that inspire, educate, inform and entertain. We provide access to films that cannot be seen elsewhere and through
these films to cultures that reflect the rich heritage of our own growing populations and of populations around the globe.

In l981 the “Minneapolis Film Festival” launched the international film festival tradition in the region. Founded by Tim Grady and sponsored by the Minneapolis
Star, the Festival presented over 80 films, and brought many international and Hollywood filmmakers to the local scene. In 1983, the University Film Society,
founded by Al Milgrom, continued the festival tradition, launching the Rivertown Festival, later renamed The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.
Milgrom’s legendary and ongoing contributions to cinema in the Twin Cities include both founding the groundbreaking U Film Society, which introduced
international film and filmmakers to Twin Cities’ audiences 50 years ago, and developing and programming international film festivals here for nearly
three decades. As a Film Society board member, Grady has generously supported the Festival since 2005, including establishing the Tom Grady
Visiting Filmmakers Fund in memory of his late twin brother. These two festival pioneers, Grady and Milgrom, who have known one-another for 40
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Mayor ’s Letters
April 2011 April 2011
Dear Film Enthusiasts, Dear Fellow Film Aficionados,
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2011 Minneapolis/Saint Paul Welcome to the 2011 Minneapolis–St. Paul International Film
International Film Festival. Festival! On behalf of the people of Minneapolis, please accept my
The 2011 Minneapolis Saint Paul Intemational Film Festival will showcase warm greetings and best wishes for a successful festival. The Min-
tremendous talent in artistic expression. Over the course of several weeks, neapolis–St. Paul International Film Festival, the largest in the upper
you will have the opportunity to view over 200 films, all works of art that Midwest, is one of the signature annual events that makes our city a
will challenge, provoke, and inspire your imagination. The Twin Cities great place to live, work and visit, and solidifies our much-deserved
has a long history with film production. Whether it is with A Prairie Home reputation as one America’s greatest cultural destinations. Not to
Companion or the Cohen brothers, the Twin Cities has a vibrant arts, be outdone, this year the Festival will showcase over 200 films from
film, theatre and entertainment community. This diversity and creativity over 60 countries. I have no doubt that each one of us will witness
distinguishes us as an important cultural hub not only in the Midwest but in moments on screen this year that will inspire, challenge, amuse and
the nation as well. provoke us. I know I can’t wait.

The Twin Cities are proud of the recent entry into the Tribeca Film Festival Many thanks go to The Film Society of Minneapolis–St. Paul and all
by a number of Twin Cities filmmakers Brady Kiernan, Spencer Kieman, of their volunteers for making this event possible. Your dedication
and Todd Cobery for their Minnesota made feature Stuck Between is a tribute to the legacy of this film festival, which has brought the
Stations. Minnesota has a great legacy of association with other legends magic of film to our audiences since 1981.
of the big screen, to include but not limited to Jessica Lange, Judy Thanks go also to the filmmakers: your sharing your art to enlighten,
Garland, Eddie Albert, James Amess, Ralph Meeker, Belle Bennett, Gig entertain and enchant us is the core of the festival.
Young and Lili St. Cyr.
I’d like to extend a special welcome to our out-of-town guests. While
My appreciation is extended to The Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint you’re here, I hope you will have an opportunity to take a stroll
Paul, one of the largest and most diversified film/arts organizatrons in the around one of our urban lakes or take a walk along the Mississippi
country, and the largest exhibitor of artistic films in the upper Midwest. riverfront area for a glimpse of Minneapolis’ history. Also, make sure
Also, thanks to all of the volunteers, staff, and filmmakers, who contribute to take in our legendary music scene, the best theater and perform-
immense time and talent to ensure the best filmgoing experience. ing-arts scene in the country (hands down), our many multi-cultural
I am excited to see this festival take place in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and neighborhoods, and our numerous innovative restaurants.
for those visiting, I encourage you to take advantage of Once again, it is my pleasure to welcome you to
everything we have to offer. Minnesota’s Capital City Minneapolis and our International

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recreation,s hopping,theater. music and museums. Film Festival. Enjoy the show!

Sincerely, Sincerely,

Christopher B. Coleman Mayor R.T. Rybak

Mayor - City of St. Paul City of Minneapolis

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Sponsors

THANK YOU!
THE 28TH ANNUAL MINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WOULD LIKE TO THANK
OUR SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT, WHICH MAKES THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL POSSIBLE.

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Festival Events FESTIVAL EVENTS
FILM FESTIVAL CENTRAL MID FEST MINNESOTA-MADE PARTY
FRIDAY, APRIL 22 • 9:00PM
OPENING WEEKEND PAVILION!
For the first time the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival will NICK & EDDIE
host a slew of Opening Weekend Events in a Festival Central Pavilion, Come help us recognize the great creative strain running through Min-
with glorious views of the river, pitched on the boulevard right across the nesota’s filmmaking community and through our festival! in the inimitable
street from the St. Anthony Main Theatre Complex. The Pavilion will be ambience of everyone’s favorite local night spot, Nick & Eddie. Food and
up and open from noon Thursday, April 14th until 7:00pm Sunday April drink specials. Local Musician, Kevin Steinman, and friends perform a
17th (ok, yes, we will close from midnight to noon each day). During the “Minnesota Made” set. Your movie ticket gets you into the party! $5 with
day, festival guests and audience members can gather and mingle, pick no ticket stub.
up catalogues, fill in audience ballots, grab a cup of coffee, nibble on
snacks, take advantage of membership deals, buy Gold Passes, partici-
pate in film discussions, listen to some great music. We’ll open the cash MID FEST BIENVENU! PARTY
bar at 5:00 pm each evening. And each evening we’ll throw a Pavilion THURSDAY APRIL 28 • 9:00PM
Party, starting at 9:00pm. So come - enjoy the show and enjoy the fun!
BARBETTE
Join us at the always “buzzing” Barbette as we celebrate the Year of
OPENING NIGHT GALA! France in Minnesota and the diversity of French-language films – Gigola,
THURSDAY, APRIL 14 • 9:00 PM – MIDNIGHT Dumas, The Sleeping Beauty, La Petite Chambre, Hedgehog, Queen of
Hearts, The Names of Love and more - showing throughout the festival
FESTIVAL CENTRAL PAVILION this year. Music by the Max Corcoran Project. Food and drink specials
After the Opening Night film credits roll, from 9:00pm on, please join us all night. Your movie ticket gets you into the party! $5 with no ticket stub.
for the OPENING NIGHT GALA at our FIRST EVER FESTIVAL CEN-
TRAL PAVILION. Partygoers will meet the many visiting filmmakers in
town for our opening weekend and will be treated to a delicious spread MID FEST CELTIC SPIRIT! PARTY
courtesy of Chowgirls “Killer Catering”. Your party ticket also includes FRIDAY APRIL 29
one free drink from our Party Sponsors Summit Brewing, Badger Moun-
tain and Parducci Wine Cellars, and Phillips Distilling: a Summit Ale, a KIERAN’S – BLOCK E – TITANIC ROOM
glass of certified organic wine, or a Fest Prairie Vodka Special. In ad- Join us at The Titanic Room at Kieran’s Block E, where we’ll celebrate the
dition, there will be a cash bar offering drink specials all night long. And Celtic spirit following a screening of The Yellow Bittern, the Life and Times
finally, you won’t want to miss jazz vocalist Charmin Michelle and her of Liam Clancy, a candid and affecting new doc about the iconic Irish band,
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music by a fellow named “Patty” that is sure to get your toes tapping. Your
movie ticket gets you into the party! $5 with no ticket stub.
OPENING WEEKEND
PAVILION FESTIVITIES! MID FEST “HOW TO DRESS WELL” PARTY
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, APRIL 15 & 16 • NOON – MIDNIGHT SATURDAY APRIL 30 • 10:00PM DOORS
FESTIVAL CENTRAL PAVILION TRIPLE ROCK SOCIAL CLUB
Friday, the Pavilion opens at noon as Festival Central. Meet and Free with ticket stub from the Experimental Film Program screening
greet our visitors and your fellow film buffs between films through the (April 29th, 7pm, St. Anthony Main Theater) and/or Free Radicals: A His-
afternoon, and come back when the cash bar opens at 5:00pm with drink tory of Experimental Film (April 28th, 9:15pm). $5 with no ticket stub.
specials from Summit Brewing, Wines from Badger Mountain and Par-
ducci Cellars. The $10 cover after 9:00pm includes food by Chowgirls’ Bringing the experience of experimental film out of the cinema and into
“Killer Catering”, and music by the energetic and distinctive “saucy har- a live event, please join us at the Triple Rock Social Club for a guest DJ
monica and cool marimba” performer, Noah Hoehn. Cash bar all night. set by How to Dress Well (aka HTDW). Taking inspiration (and samples)
from 1990’s R&B, HDTW chops up, squeezes, and processes these
Saturday, the Pavilion opens at noon. Meet and greet once again sounds to create a haunting sonic experience, like music from a down-
between films! Come catch some great up-and-coming local music acts stairs neighbor’s boombox leaking up through the floorboards. The artist
from 2:00-5:00 pm: Bethany Larson & The Bee’s Knees, The Red Pens is lit primarily by video projections created by video artist Jamie Hurley,
and Total Babe! The cash bar opens at 5:00pm, with drink specials from which, reflecting the music, are sampled and stitched together from mov-
Summit Brewing, Badger Mountain and Parducci Wine Cellars and Phil- ies, television, and photographs, adding a layer of loose and dream-like
lips Distilling. At 9:00pm the party gets serious. More great food provided storytelling to HDTW’s ghostly creations.
by Chowgirls Catering. Music by the magnificent eclectic ensemble
Rumba Eterna and their interpretations of traditional Cuban and Latino
rhythms. Again, the $10 cover after 9:00pm includes food and music. AWARDS CEREMONY
Cash bar all night.
THURSDAY MAY 5 • 5:00PM

OPENING WEEKEND COMES TO AN END WITH A BANG


ST. ANTHONY MAIN THEATRE
Join us and the Competition Jurors to celebrate the winners in our Five
SUNDAY, APRIL 17 • NOON – 9:00 PM Competition Categories at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony before the
Closing Night Film...
FESTIVAL CENTRAL PAVILION (NOON-7:00PM)
ASTER CAFÉ (6:00PM-9:00PM) CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
On Sunday, we’re open again from noon on. Local bands play from 2:00
THURSDAY, MAY 5 • 9:00PM-MIDNIGHT
to 4:00pm followed by what promises to be an informative and entertain-
ing Music Panel Discussion from 4:00 to 5:30pm. See Panel page for PRESENTED BY SPLICE
details. Join us at The Aster Café - our favorite Nosh Spot and Official
Festival Haunt - after the panel for delicious drink and snack specials and VENUE TO BE ANNOUNCED
more conversation. We’ll close the 2011 MSP International Film Festival this year with a
great event celebrating the LOCAL FILM AND MUSIC SCENE. For
now the venue remains a SURPISE. We can tell you that it will be in an
unique neighborhood spot, and that our $15 cover gets you one free
Stay informed about Festival Events drink, great food courtesy of Chow Girls, drink specials all night thereaf-
o n l i n e a t w w w. m s p f i l m f e s t . o r g ter and some of the best music the Twin Cities can provide! Check our
website for details on Where, What, and Who......!!!

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OPENING NIGHT FEATURES

Special Presentations
PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES
DIRECTOR: ANDREW ROSSI • USA • 2011 • 88 MIN • ENGLISH
Director Andrew Rossi & New York Times Columnist David Carr Present
As new media surpasses print as the main source for news, director Andrew Rossi’s breakout
documentary presents the struggle between the opposing journalistic forces within the largest news
media organization in the world. With unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom in this
transformative era of investigative reporting, Rossi shadows the editorial inner circle as they make the
important decisions that could make or break the organization.
Rigorous traditional journalism meets new media analysis in Rossi’s vibrant portrait of the intellectual,
social, and democratizing forces confronting news organizations today.
Outspoken David Carr, both the former Editor of the Twin Cities Reader and a key subject of this film,
returns home to star in a year of covering “all the news that’s fit to print.“ SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Magnolia Pictures, Arianne Ayers, aayers@magpictures.com THU 14-APR 07:30 PM
WED 20-APR 09:15 PM
PRESENTED BY: THE MARQUETTE HOTEL

SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL


DIRECTOR: MICHAEL MCGOWAN • CANADA • 2010 • 92 MIN • ENGLISH
Actor Noah Reid Present
A rousing celebration of the Great White North’s favorite pastime: hockey, this story of young love,
overnight success and on-ice drama, with cameos from Nelly Furtado and Olivia Newton-John, is sure
to resonate with fans of one of Minnesota’s favorite sports.
Farley (Noah Reid) is home schooled by his New Age hippie parents, and leads a relatively carefree
but sheltered life. Discovered at the local rink by the owner of a junior league team, Farley’s life takes
a thrilling turn, and he decides he must leave behind his parents and a blossoming relationship with his
lifelong friend, Eve, for the promise of fame and fortune. But just how much is he willing to sacrifice for
the sake of the team?

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The opening night film of the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, Score celebrates both the individual who dares SCREENINGS:
to be different and the team player in all of us. (As the film pokes fun at self-effacing Canadians, The THU 14-APR 07:45 PM
Montreal Maple Leafs and widely known Canadian hockey heroes come in for entertaining cameos.) FRI 15-APR 07:30 PM
Print Source: Mulmur’s Hockey Musical Inc., Nadia Tavazzani, ntavazzani@gmail.com PRESENTED BY: CONSULATE GENERAL OF CANADA
& NICOLLET ISLAND INN

TROLLHUNTER DIRECTOR: ANDRE OVREDAL • NORWAY • 2010 • 113 MIN • NORWEGIAN


Blair Witches don’t have anything on these Norwegian trolls. Don’t see it alone.
When a group of film students on a documentary assignment accidentally stumble across a rabid
Ringlefinch, they enter into hot pursuit of the beast, video camera in hand, in an effort to make a
documentary surpassing all others. Shot in verité style and presented as the rough-cut edit of footage
from this crew of students, the film is full of black humor and fantastical special effects. Adhering
exceptionally closely to traditional Norwegian folklore, with plenty of striking images of the mythical
beasts wreaking havoc on the landscape, Trollhunter is a wildly entertaining ride.
“Follows the lead of pre-eminent monster movies like Jaws and Alien… an original and highly assured
fusion of B-movie lore and fairy-tale terror.” – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Print Source: Magnolia Pictures, Arianne Ayers, aayers@magpictures.com

Preceded by: THE LAST NORWEGIAN TROLL DIR: P. SAPEGIN • NORWAY • ‘10 • 13 MIN SCREENINGS:
In the good old days Norway was heaven on earth for trolls. But that was a long time ago. And so, one
THU 14-APR 08:00 PM
day, three young goats decide to oust an old troll languishing underneath a bridge. They have no idea SUN 17-APR 09:30 PM LATE NIGHT

that he is the last of his kind – absolutely the very last troll in Norway … PRESENTED BY: ASTER CAFÉ, FILMDEMIC &
AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION
Print Source: Norwegian Film Institute, knut.skinnarmo@nfi.no & INGEBRETSENS

CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE


STUCK BETWEEN STATIONS
DIRECTOR: BRADY KIERNAN • USA • 2011 • 85 MIN • ENGLISH
MN Sneak Preview • Cast & Crew Present
If the performances by this standout cast featuring Sam Rosen, Zoe Lister-Jones, Michael Imperioli
and Josh Hartnett weren’t so superb, it could easily be argued that the strikingly gorgeous Minneapolis
skyline deserves top billing in this indie feature from first-time director Brady Kiernan.
Thanks to a chance encounter, two former high school classmates have one night to experience what
could’ve been if Casper (Sam Rosen) never enlisted in the fight overseas (Zoe Lister Jones plays the
other half of this unexpected romance). Initially agreeing to keep their emotions from overcomplicating
their rendezvous, nothing about their night turns out as they planned it. The stars, skyscrapers and an
uncertain future loom large over their journey through the unsympathetic, urban landscape.
Jones and Rosen’s natural chemistry calls to mind another lovelorn pair in the Linklater festival favorite, SCREENINGS:
Before Sunrise. With a sense of ease and clarity that’s usually reserved for those years removed from the THU 5-MAY 07:00 PM
period in question, Stuck Between Stations perfectly captures the here and now for an entire generation. THU 5-MAY 07:15 PM
Print Source: brady@thekiernangroup.com
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Panels
“SOUND CHECK: USING MUSIC IN FILM” SUNDAY, APRIL 17 AT 4:00 P.M.

Festival Central Pavilion FREE

Join us in the Festival Central Pavilion, across the street from the St. Anthony Main Theatre, for an intriguing, entertaining and
informative discussion about the many ways in which music can be used in film, including how to handle licensing issues and
other legal complexities. Panelists include moderator Ken Abdo, Vice President of Lommen Abdo Law Film and Chair of the
Entertainment Law Department, who is also a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and former disc jockey who knows music, the
music business and the law. Chris Osgood, VP of McNally-Smith College of Music, founder of Springboard for the Arts, label
manager at Twin tone Records, founder of seminal punk band Suicide Commandoes, 1989 Minnesota Music Awards Rock
Guitarist of the Year and 2006 MN Rock and Country Hall of Fame inductee. Jed Schlegelmilch, director of “Absence/Pres-
ence” (2011 MSP Int’l Film Fest). Christie Healey, a non-attorney specialist in entertainment media legal affairs at Lommen
Abdo Law Firm, with a thirty-year career in entertainment media, including stints in the music business in her native England
as a studio business affairs executive and an independent consultant. Daron Walker, Modern Music Creative Director, is a
producer, music supervisor, remixer, sound designer and DJ. Craig Rice, currently teaching advanced filmmaking at MCAD
and music business at McNally Smith College of Music, with a long career first as a musician, then as a music executive, film-
maker, and music supervisor on many films and TV series.

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Music/Film Panel
Ken Abdo, Moderator
Christie Healey
Chris Osgood
Craig Rice
Jed Schlegelmilch
Daron Walker

“HOW TO MAKE MY MOVIE: THE MN FILMMAKING SCENE” SATURDAY, APRIL 30 AT 4:30 PM

St. Anthony Main Theatre FREE


With a focus on the filmmaking scene in Minnesota, this panel discussion will address just what it requires these days to
make and finance a film in Minnesota. Panelists include Melody Gilbert, award-winning independent documentary filmmaker
and founder of production company Frozen Feet Films, who will also serve as moderator. Dan Satorius, owner and attorney,
Satorius Law Film, PLLC, Chair of Advisory Board IFP/MN, professional musician and award-winning filmmaker who brings
an entertainment background to his law practice. Mara Pelecis is the director of “Souvenirs: Healing After War” (2011 MSP
Int’l Film Fest). Dan Tanz, director, and Mohammed Ghawanmeh, actor/producer, of “Triumph67” (2011 MSP Int’l Film Fest).
And Hisham Bizri, an internationally acclaimed Lebanese-American filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film at the Univer-
sity of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Minnesota Film Panel


Melody Gilbert, Moderator
Hisham Bizri
Mohammed Ghawanmeh
Mara Pelecis
Dan Satorius
Dan Tanz

FILMS IN COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY THURSDAY, MAY 5 AT 5:00 PM


St. Anthony Main Theatre

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS (AND REWARDS) CEREMONY

Celebrate the many talented filmmakers participating in the 2011 MSP International Film Festival, and Reward yourself!, by
attending the 2011 Festival Awards Ceremony. Awards will be given for the Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best
Emerging Filmmaker, Best Short and Best Minnesota-Made Film.

For more on the Awards Ceremony visit our website: www.mspfilmfest.org

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2011 MSP INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Film Competition Categories


COMPETITION CATEGORIES
The 2011 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival features a slate of juried
competitions that include films from all corners of the globe and countless perspectives.
Culminating in an Awards Ceremony on May 5, these competitions run throughout the
festival and feature selected narrative, documentary, and short films. All jurors in each
category are listed on the Festival Website: www.mspfilmfest.org.

BEST NARRATIVE AWARD


Selections in the narrative category include both national and international films. This
award is given to the film in competition that exhibits the highest excellence in creativity,
storytelling, technique and innovation in the narrative genre.

Winner receives $2,500.

BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD


Selections in the documentary competition category are national and international
films that feature the best in documentary filmmaking in their presentation: diversity,
innovation, and powerful storytelling.

Winner receives $2,500

EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD


The emerging filmmaker award was created to support up-and-coming international
and national independent filmmakers, and to help them realize their current and future

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cinematic goals.

Winner receives $2,500.

BEST SHORT AWARD PRESENTED BY SPLICE


Awarded to a film exhibiting excellence in the short genre, this competition includes
selections from the narrative, documentary, and Minnesota Made short films.

Winner receives $1,000 and up to $5,000 matching


in post-production audio/video work at Splice.

BEST MINNESOTA MADE FEATURE AWARD PRESENTED BY SUMMIT


Created to acknowledge and support the exceptional community of filmmakers within
Minnesota, one prize is awarded to a film selected from all feature length Minnesota
Made selections.

Winner receives $1,500 cash


and a pre-production software package from Showbiz Software.

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS PRESENTED BY WALSER


These awards are bestowed upon one narrative, one documentary, and one short film
based on the results of the Audience Ballots. All films are in competition for this prize.

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In Competition
Best Narrative

SCREENINGS: SCREENINGS: SCREENINGS:


TUE 26-APR 04:45 PM SUN 17-APR 04:30 PM TUE 19-APR 06:45 PM
SUN 1-MAY 03:00 PM FRI 22-APR 04:45 PM SAT 23-APR 06:30 PM
WED 27-APR 04:30 PM
PRESENTED BY: GRAVES 601
PRESENTED BY:
ALLIANCE FRANCAIS
THE ACTRESSES BARDSONGS DUMAS
DIR: LEE JEYONG • SOUTH KOREA • 2009 DIR: SANDER FRANCKEN • NETHERLANDS /
DIRECTOR: SAFY NEBBOU • FRANCE • 2010
104 MIN • KOREAN INDIA / MALI • 2010
105 MIN • FRENCH
A magazine plans to create an end-of-year 94 MIN • HINDI, BAMBARA, LADAHKI
sensation by having all of Korea’s most Alexandre Dumas’ legendary, prolific, but
Three classic folktales from far-flung locations eventually tumultuous relationship with his
glamorous actresses together in a Vogue-style make the transition to the big screen in award-
photograph for the first time. Why has no one ghostwriter August Maquet is beautifully
winning Dutch filmmaker Sander Francken’s examined in a film that puts Oscar-nominated
tried this brilliant, sure-to-be-a-sensation idea Bardsongs. Stories of garbage collectors,
before? actor Gerard Depardieu back full-blown in his
hardheaded farmers, and one student’s pursuit
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bountiful persona as the celebrated French


Imagine: three generations of screen of the greatest part of knowledge are all sung author.
goddesses, including Jeong-Hie Yun of Poetry, by local celebrities who have grown up with
each with their egos and insecurities, together these tales. Between 1843 and 1846 Dumas published
in one studio at the same time. Herein lies the what were to become his most successful
Filmed amid breathtaking backdrops: Djenne, novels: The Three Musketeers, The Counte of
premise of The Actresses, director E. J-yong’s Mali; old India; and Himalayan Ladakh travel
heartwarming, delicious mockumentary in Monte Cristo, and Queen Margot. This output,
routes, this film transcends historic barriers to in both quality and volume, would have been
which top Korean stars play not themselves, present its message, the search for unity amid
but their professional personas. From the impossible without his right-hand man, the
diversities of cultures. expert researcher and inventive scribe, August
beginning, the actresses try to one-up each
other, either making a grand entrance, or Print Source: Film Europe, Silvia Pinterova, Maquet (strong support from Belgian star
simply getting the best dress. As logistical pinterova@filmeurope.eu Benoit Poelvoorde). When Maquet seeks out
complications mount, the endless waiting gets the attention of a woman under the guise of
to crew and stars alike. Dumas himself, the duo’s previously peaceful
relationship begins to collapse.
Knowledge of Korean film and gossip isn’t
essential to appreciate this film: the other Director Saffy Nebou (known also for his
actresses are more than happy to fill you award-winning The Giraffe’s Neck) masterfully
in. Peppered with industry in-jokes and recreates the tension between the two writers
behind-the-scenes thrills, the film toys with as Manquet emerges from the limelight to
the boundaries between fiction and reality. strive for the same goal, and ultimately, the
A skilled and sensitive director of women, E. same woman as his literary comrade. Featuring
J-yong teases out their rivalries, insecurities, standout performances all around.
and jealousies to present a humanizing look Introducing the film is U of M professor
both at artists trapped in their celebrity, and John Wright, Afro-American studies and
at the essential ways in which they cling to it. Dumas expert with a recently finished
–Courtesy Seattle International Film Festival biography on the author.

Print Source: Showbox, Eugene KIM, Print Sources: TF1 International, Claire
eugene@showbox.co.kr Thibault, office@thefestivalagency.com

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Best Narrative
In Competition
SCREENINGS: SCREENINGS: SCREENINGS:
SAT 16-APR 09:15 PM THU 28-APR 07:15 PM FRI 22-APR 05:30 PM
SUN 1-MAY 09:30 PM FRI 29-APR 09:00 PM TUE 3-MAY 07:15 PM

PRESENTED BY: NICK AND EDDIE PRESENTED BY: PRESENTED BY:


AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION APRES PARTY AND TENT RENTAL
& INGEBRETSENS

EL INFIERNO HOME FOR HONEYMOONS


DIRECTOR: LUIS ESTRADA • MEXICO • 2010 DIR: GORAN PASKALJEVIC • SERBIA/ALBANIA
145 MIN • SPANISH
CHRISTMAS • 2010
US Premiere DIRECTOR: BENT HAMER • NORWAY/SWEDEN/
95 MIN • ALBANIAN
GERMANY • 2010
The 2010 box office hit of the year in Mexico. Acclaimed Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic
El Infierno’s director Luis Estrada has this to 90 MIN • NORWEGIAN highlights the growing massive cultural divide
say about the bicentennial of his home country: between Eastern and Western Europe in this,
Director Bent Hamer Present
“Mexico 2010: Hell. Nothing to celebrate.” his 22nd film in 42 years.
Mirth and misfortune go hand-in-hand in

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After living and working in the United States for veteran director Bent Hamer’s (Kitchen Stories, Attempting to find a better life away from home,
twenty years, Benjamin Garcia (aka “El Benny”) O’Horton) sixth feature. two couples, Albanians Nick and Melinda, and
is deported to Mexico. He returns to find his Serbians Marco and Vera, continually fight
hometown deeper in poverty and more violent Winner of Best Screenplay at the San Sebastian
authority, stereotypes and themselves in their
than ever, ruled over by vicious drug lords. International Film Festival, Home For Christmas
dreams to pursue happiness at whatever the
Government, religious, and police corruption is is based on Norwegian author Levi Henriksen’s
cost. Though their plights are parallel, and they
rampant. Grudgingly, Garcia is lured over to the collection of interconnected short stories, Only
live in neighboring countries, the two couples
ranks of the local gangsters Soft Presents Under the Tree. Set in the snowy
never meet. Wanting to be free of family and
small town of Skogli at Christmas time, the fir
With hints of the Coen brothers, Scorcese, and village traditions, Nick and Melinda can’t wait to
trees and twinkling lights have brought with
Kurosawa, this controversial third installment travel to the freedom of Italy. Cellist Marco has
them the usual anxiety, expectancy, hope, and
in Estrada’s trilogy on Mexico is unrestrained, a chance to play in the Vienna Philharmonic.
melancholia.
provocative and full of black humor. A But a terrorist attack in Kosovo keeps both
blockbuster with the Mexican public, the Following a diverse group of characters, Hamer couples stranded at their respective borders,
government first funded the film, only to then crafts affecting vignettes before skillfully tying visas rejected. In the intolerant faces of their
give it the most restricted movie rating, and not the stories together with humor and sensitivity. captors, they are citizens of an untrustworthy
for the reasons you might expect. The desire to connect, or reconnect with friends, and unstable part of Europe.
family, or simply anyone who will listen is
Print Source: Mexican Film Institute, Javier The film walks a fine line, keeping a sense
explored through these various entanglements,
Nuñez Carrasco, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx of irony without being cynical. Providing no
both serious and absurd. Flush with life, insight,
clear-cut resolutions and allowing the audience
and hope, and beautifully shot under the glow of
to provide the answers, the film’s ambiguity
the Northern Lights, this is a delightful addition
befits a region that’s still reeling from political
to the repertoire of one of Norway’s best-loved
upheaval.
and internationally known filmmakers. (Hamer’s
2005 Factotum, from a Charles Bukowski Paskaljevic, 64, and Grlic (see elsewhere in
novella, was shot in St. Paul, with Matt Dillon festival with Just Between Us) were colleagues
and Marisa Tomei). at Famu, the influential Prague film school of
the late ‘60’s.
Print Source: Norwegian Film Institute, knut.
skinnarmo@nfi.no Print Source: Christine Gentet-Paskaljevic,
paskaljevic@gmail.com

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In Competition
Best Narrative

SCREENINGS: SCREENINGS: SCREENINGS:


SAT 23-APR 08:45 PM SUN 17-APR 08:15 PM SAT 30-APR 02:45 PM
WED 27-APR 04:45 PM THUR 21-APR 09:15 PM WED 4-MAY 04:30 PM

PRESENTED BY: PRESENTED BY: CINEQUIPT


CHOWGIRLS CATERING

LILA, LILA THE STOKER TOMORROW WILL BE


DIRECTOR: ALAIN GSPONER • GERMANY • 2009 DIR: ALEKSY BALABANOV • RUSSIA • 2010 BETTER
80 MIN • GERMAN 83 MIN • RUSSIAN DIRECTOR: DOROTA KEDZIERZAWSKA •
Based on a German bestseller about a literary Bleak landscapes and bleaker prospects POLAND / JAPAN • 2010
lie of mammoth proportions, Alain Gsponer’s envelop the numbed and exploited citizenry of
most recent film is a deft, playful romantic small town Siberia in nonconformist filmmaker 118 MIN • RUSSIAN, UKRANIAN, POLISH
comedy with comparisons to Morvern Callar Alexei Balabanov's take on 1990's Russia. A Though it won Berlin Film Festival’s
and Priceless. Featuring internationally known veteran of the USSR's war in Afghanistan, International Children’s Jury Prize this year,
German star Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Basterds, Ivan Skryabin spends his time stoking the this film from Poland’s world famous Dorota
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Goodbye Lenin!) and the much-touted Hannah coals at the boiler house, while his former Kędzierzawska (Crows, A Time to Die,
Herzsprung (Four Minutes) as his love interest, comrade-turned-crime boss feeds the fires Nothing) is actually built for an adult audience.
the film is an ingenious farce about trying to with the bodies of his fallen enemies. He Three homeless Ukranian boys, contemporary
have your cake and eat it, too. casually accepts their fate without question, Huck Finns, are off on an adventure to cross
Bruhl delivers an amusing, endearing until an unexpected and familiar face arrives for the border in search of a better world in Poland.
performance as the shy, hapless waiter incineration. Drifting around towns and markets, loitering
who gains overnight success as an author, Balabanov, who refuses to follow the exalted at train stations, begging food and stealing
without writing a single word, when he finds Russian spiritual film canon established by icon what they can’t beg, the kids are survivors. But
a throwaway romance novel in a trash bin. Andrei Tarkovsky, uncompromisingly depicts once they take off across the countryside, the
Claiming to be the once down-and-out, the darker side of the newly democratized possibilities of a new life seem to imbue the
bohemian author, he manages to enlist a large nation through his use of long, penetrating children with near invincibility, no matter the
bookselling chain for the obligatory author’s takes and claustrophobic compositions. This reality that looms ahead.
book tour and signing. At this point, a gang of powerful narrative is sure to provoke with its Writer/Director Dorota Kędzierzawska, 54,
brutal facts assaults his celebratory reputation, unwavering commitment to realism. (Picked as crafts a deeply empathic and poetic work,
but not without a charming denouement with one of its best films of the year by a number of stunningly photographed by her husband,
the intercession of Ms. Herzsprung. A very Russian critics). veteran cameraman Arthur Reinhart. Tomorrow
good date movie. Will Be Better transforms an impoverished and
Print Source: Intercinema, Dmitry Mokeev,
Print Source: Beta Cinema, Delphine Eon, dm@intercinema.ru difficult world into an optimistic impulse towards
delphine.eon@betafilm.com freedom. (Child roles played by street kids met
during search for locations.)
Print Source: Kid Film. Arthur Reinhart,
arthur@kidfilm.pl

TWELVE THIRTY DIRECTOR: JEFF LIPSKY • USA • 2010 • 120 MIN • ENGLISH
Director Jeff Lipsky Present
Writer-director Jeff Lipsky (Once More With Feeling, Flannel Pajamas) brings his tangled tale of
seduction to the screen in this ambitious ensemble piece that echoes The Graduate and features a
distinctive style reminiscent of John Cassavetes.
A story about a self-centered young man who, within the span of one week, becomes intimately involved
with a mother and her two daughters in the same eccentric family, Twelve Thirty explores the nuances of
seduction, family life, and the complex relationships of dysfunctional Americana set amid the cornfields of
an Iowa university town.
With four films to his credit (three as writer/director), Twelve Thirty further solidifies Jeff Lipsky’s
reputation as a powerful creative force in the independent film movement.
SCREENINGS: Print Source: Twelve Thirty Productions, Dan Satorious, dan@satoriouslawfirm.com
SAT 23-APR
07:00 PM
SUN 24-APR
06:30 PM
PRESENTED BY: PRESENTED BY: THE
MARQUETTE HOTEL
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In Competition
Best Documentary

SCREENINGS: SCREENINGS: SCREENINGS:


SAT 30-APR 09:15 PM TUE 19-APR 09:00 PM SAT 16-APR 05:15 PM
SUN 1-MAY 04:00 PM SAT 23-APR 07:30 PM MON 2-MAY 09:30 PM

PRESENTED BY: CHIPOTLE - ST. ANTHONY PRESENTED BY:


PRESENTED BY: CRASH + SUES
& SHOWBIZ SOFTWARE WALSER AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

THE BENGALI CONNECTED: AN HOW TO START YOUR


DETECTIVE AUTOBLOGOGRAPHY OWN COUNTRY
DIR: PHILIP COX • INDIA / UK / USA • 2010 ABOUT LOVE, DEATH & DIRECTOR: JODY SHAPIRO • CANADA • 2010
100 MIN • ENGLISH, HINDI, BENGALI 72 MIN • ENGLISH
Producer Annie Sundberg Invited
TECHNOLOGY Just what makes a country, state, or nation?
With characters and a storyline that could
DIRECTOR: TIFFANY SHLAIN • USA • 2011 What’s to stop anyone from starting their own?
be straight from “The Maltese Falcon,” The Traversing the globe, director Jody Shapiro
82 MIN • ENGLISH
Bengali Detective is a documentary that reads (often collaborator of Guy Maddin) explores
f i n d m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n l i n e a t w w w. m s p f i l m f e s t . o r g

Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival, some such sovereign territories and their
like a Kolkata noir. It will enchant, move, and
winner of the Women in Film Award from eccentric rulers in one of the droll-est films in
surprise audiences. (Fox Searchlight has
National Geographic and from the executive the fest.
already nailed down remake rights.)
producers of the Oscar winning Born Into
With police corruption on the rise in Kolkata, Situated somewhere in Nevada lies the
Brothels.
clients are left to seek their own private eye. Big- Republic of Molossia, population 6, where
Employing a splendidly imaginative everything from Texas is banned. Residents of
hearted, intrepid, and full of attitude, Rajesh Ji
combination of animation and archival footage, the Principality of Seborga, established in 820
is one such detective. He could be a character
award-winning filmmaker and founder of AD as a reward for returning Crusaders, claim
sprung from a pulp fiction story, and is at once
the Webby Awards Tiffany Shlain explores that their territory was accidentally included in
an impresario and dedicated husband. He and
the visible and invisible connections linking Italy by mistake. The Seasteading Institute, an
his motley crew of sleuthing assistants tackle
the major environmental and technological experiment in offshore living, hopes to have a
everything from adultery to counterfeit shampoo
concerns of our time. Successfully employing population of 100,000 within 25 years. And then
operations to triple murder. Off the job, yet with
humor and irony, Shlain constructs a there was the creator of the Segway…
equal fervor, they also practice their dance
chronological tour of Western modernization
moves in preparation for a TV talent show Providing more than just a tour of these quirky
through the work of her late father, best selling
audition. micronations, Shapiro also examines the
author Leonard Shlain.
Mostly handheld camerawork brings immediacy deeper political and economic reasons behind
This vibrant and insightful documentary won national legitimacy. Is the fact that the Czech
to the film that highlights the chaotic hustle and
her accolades from National Geographic, NPR, Republic doesn’t recognize Lichtenstein any
bustle of one of the world’s mega-cities and
and was even heralded by Wired magazine reason for the UN to refute its existence? A
its bureaucratic mania. Part detective mystery,
as “the most thought-provoking and the fascinating investigation into how nationhood
part social commentary, part family drama, The
most personally emotional documentary” at can shape our identity, this film may very well
Bengali Detective is a winning, and ultimately
Sundance. inspire the raising of a few new flags around
moving look at contemporary middle-class
India. British director Phil Cox, 41, is an award- Print Source: Sawyer Steele, the world.
winning documentarian. sawyer@connectedthefilm.com Print Source: The Film Collaborative, Jeffrey
Print Source: Entertainment One, Cameron Winter, jeffrey@thefilmcollaborative.org
Moneo, CMoneo@entonegroup.com

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ASSOCIATION OF MN & AM 950 & KFAI
BARBETTE & RED STAG & CONSULATE OF GERMANY IN CHICAGO
& U OF M EUROPEAN STUDIES CONSORTIUM
THE INTERRUPTERS IN THE GARDEN OF
DIRECTOR: STEVE JAMES • USA • 2010
SOUNDS KINSHASA SYMPHONY
162 MIN • ENGLISH DIR: MARTIN BAER • DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
DIR: NICOLA BELLUCI • SWITZERLAND • 2010
Director Steve James Present OF CONGO / GERMANY • 2010
86 MIN • ITALIAN
Seventeen years after releasing Hoop
Producer Frank Matter Present 95 MIN • GERMAN, LINGALA
Dreams, Oscar-nominated director Steve
James lifts the veil on the conditions of This debut feature from Nicola Bellucci on
Conductor Armand Diangienda
Chicago’s disenfranchised, this time focusing the healing powers of “aural therapy” is a
Present
on the city’s seemingly perpetual violence, cinematic and sonic achievement, blending Audience Award winner at the Vancouver

f i n d m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n l i n e a t w w w. m s p f i l m f e s t . o r g
while allowing an inspiring hope for change. artful cameracraft with intricate soundscapes. International Film Festival, Kinshasa Symphony
A collaboration between acclaimed director Living in a Swiss hamlet tucked away in the is an unexpected and beautiful musical merging
James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, mountains, blind musician and child therapist of worlds.
the film follows three heroic “interrupters” Wolfgang Fasser guides his youthful patients The chaos of Africa’s third largest city is pierced
who work in the anti-violence organization into the mysteries of sound and music, while by the sounds of swelling string instruments, as
CeaseFire. These former gang members work working to ease pain and relieve tension. With Mozart intermingles with the rich sonic tapestry
to stop aggression and violence through the quiet reverence, Nicola Bellucci observes this of Kinshasa. This stirring documentary skillfully
use of humor and humility. Continuing in the almost alchemistic phenomenon, and allows demonstrates the power of music to heal and
style of Direct Cinema, James’ approach to the audiences to witness a remarkable journey into help renew life in a land ravaged by poverty
subject matter provides an authentic glimpse new sensory worlds, as children are given an and war.
at the scary undertakings these individuals indispensable key to improve their daily lives.
Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic
brave daily. The repercussions of the city’s Winner of Best Documentary at 2010 São of Congo, is home to Central Africa’s only
violent cycle are presented with an unsettling Paulo International Film Festival. symphony orchestra. The symphony’s aim
casualness in this must-see documentary.
Print Source: First Run Features, Paul is to spread classical music throughout
Print Source: Kartemquin Films Marchant, paul@firstrunfeatures.com Kinshasa, incorporating traditional and DIY
African instruments into mostly European
compositions. One of the musicians describes
hearing African rhythms in Beethoven, and the
group has built double bass instruments from
scratch and replaced violin strings with bicycle
brake cables. The film is guaranteed to leave
you inspired as a rousing finale performance
brings legions of cheering fans to their feet.
Print Source: Sounding Images, Caroline
Beiersdorf, caroline.beiersdorf@sounding-
images.de

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THE AMERICAN THE STARS THE LIFE & TIMES OF LIAM
DIRECTOR: JOSEPH MANTEGNA • USA • 2010 DIRECTOR: LEONARD RETEL HELMRICH • CLANCY
106 MIN • ENGLISH INDONESIA / NETHERLANDS • 2011
DIRECTOR: ALAN GILSENAN • IRELAND • 2009
This penetrating documentary profiles the life 110 MIN • INDONESIAN
108 MIN • ENGLISH
and legend of the always-controversial giant of For 12 years, Leonard Retel Helmrich has
the American 20th century, Norman Mailer. followed an Indonesian family from the Alan Gilsenan’s intriguing documentary chronicles
slums of Jakarta and continues to show us one of the most celebrated periods in modern
A shrewd political and social critic with over 60
f i n d m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n l i n e a t w w w. m s p f i l m f e s t . o r g

the underlying patterns of life in Indonesia, music history through the life of Liam Clancy, the
books to his credit, Mailer was awarded the
both literally and metaphorically, with his last surviving member of iconic Irish band The
Pulitzer Prize twice for both fiction and non-
revolutionary camera work. Clancy Brothers.
fiction. He co-founded The Village Voice, and ran
unsuccessfully for Mayor of New York City under Grandmother Rumidjah, a poor elderly This personal and cinematically engaging film
the slogan “Let the Rascals In.” Married 6 times, Christian woman, weathers a changing society goes beyond the guise of the performer to
father of 9 children, convicted of stabbing his and the influence of globalization reflected in uncover the complicated personal life of the
second wife, he was labeled the quintessential the lives of her juvenile granddaughter, Tari, balladeer. At times outselling even The Beatles,
male chauvinist in Kate Millet’s Sexual Politics. A and her sons, Bakti and Dwi, who are Muslims. The Clancy Brothers have influenced everyone
verbal and physical fighter, Mailer began his Modern-day Indonesia is entrenched in a from Dylan to Pete Seeger to U2’s Bono to The
writing career at Harvard, was drafted into the tug-of-war between Christianity and Islam, Pogues, and rose to fame in Greenwich Village
U.S. Army in World War II, and his experiences young and old, rich and poor, and beset by during the folk explosion of 1960’s. Featuring
became the basis for his breakout novel, The encroaching globalization that threatens the unseen archival footage, audio recordings and
Naked and the Dead, published at the age of simple life that Rumidjah knows so well. guest appearances, Gilsenan’s film delves into
25. Mailer went on to cover every major event in Liam’s raucous past in which he blurred the
U.S. history, including the assassination of John Forgoing interviews and voice-over narration, lifestyle of the folk musician with the excesses of
F. Kennedy, the Apollo 11 launch, the riots of the Position Among the Stars allows each exquisite rock and roll.
1968 Democratic National Convention, and the detail to come together and construct a rich
famous 1974 Rumble in the Jungle fight between mosaic of Indonesia today. The result is
poignant, breathtaking, and a singularly stellar Preceded by:
Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Director
Joseph Mantegna brings to life a complex, verité triumph, and was awarded the 2011
Sundance Special Grand Jury Prize -Adapted IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK
outspoken, reckless, and highly intelligent
from Sundance Film Festival
man who was also a fierce friend, lover, and DIR: ANNA RODGERS • IRE • 13 MIN • ENG.
father. Featuring never-before-seen footage Print Source: Films Transit, John Nadai,
Stories of panic attacks, abandoned families,
and interviews, this is a one of a kind portrait of john@filmstransit.com
depression, and interminable stretches of
one of the most controversial literary figures in time are told with an eerie matter-of-factness.
recent history. Beautiful cinematography and attention to detail
Print Source: Zooma Zooma, Joseph present these patients’ unique and haunting
Mantagna, joem@zoomazooma.com reality – incarcerated behind walls as well as
within their own minds. This film demonstrates,
the societal outcasts, inhabitants of these
decaying spaces, remain forever invisible.
Print Source: Crossing The Line Films, Siobhan
Ward, siobhanward@ctlfilms.com

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10 TO 11 COLORS IN THE DARK THE FOURTH


DIRECTOR: PELIN ESMER • TURKEY / FRANCE / DIR: SOPHIE HELDMAN • GERMANY • 2010 PORTRAIT
GERMANY • 2009 • 110 MIN • TURKISH 85 MIN • GERMAN DIR: MONG-HONG CHUNG • TAIWAN • 2010
In this story of two Istanbuls, the old vistas Celebrated veterans Bruno Ganz (Wings
vs. the manic present, Mithat, an elder in 102 MIN • MANDARIN
of Desire) and Senta Berger (The Quiller
the increasingly young city, struggles to Memorandum) are a delight to behold in A sobering vision of childhood engulfed by the
preserve the city’s rich past through otherwise Sophie Heldman’s brave debut drama, an trauma of domestic violence and issues that
mundane possessions. Mithat befriends new intimate and affecting tale about aging, the arise from marriages of convenience.
caretaker Ali, a provincial Turk who hopes bonds and boundaries of love, and life’s finite The film deftly mixes surprising comedic
f i n d m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n l i n e a t w w w. m s p f i l m f e s t . o r g

to usher his family into the new era stocked nature. Based on the true story of friends of elements with poignant moments in a
with the comforts of urban modernity. When Heldman’s, Colors in the Dark sketches an remarkably original tale of a boy haunted by
a minor earthquake incites his neighbors to initially sunny tale of Fred (Ganz) and Anita loss. After his father dies, ten year-old Xiang
demand demolition and reconstruction of their (Berger), happily married for 50 years and is taken in by his estranged mother and vile
apartment complex, the octogenarian stands living a well-to-do suburban life. stepfather and his life changes forever. In this
his ground. In her first feature-length fiction,
Anita spends a lot of time in their beautiful hostile new environment, Xiang’s existence
veteran documentarian Pelin Esmer extracts
garden while Fred—despite being retired—still is cold and lonely, and a mysterious boy
deft, honest performances from her amateur
goes into his old office. But when Fred is begins to haunt his dreams. Finding comfort
cast, including her own Uncle as Mithat. 10 to
diagnosed with prostate cancer, he tells no one in drawing, his work shows a child starving
11 takes hold just as Mr. Esmer takes up battle
but his wife and decides to forego treatment. for care and affection. When Xiang meets
for a city that’s slipping away from him.
Clearly in crisis and attempting to cope, Fred a gruff, but inwardly kind old school janitor
A clash of generations portrays a divided buys an apartment in the city where he can and a chubby older boy surviving on odd
Istanbul in this winner of the FIPRESCI award be alone and ‘think’, and Anita reacts. What jobs and petty thefts, his life finds new hope
(International Critic’s Award) at the Tromsø follows is a heartfelt rumination on the extreme in companionship. But Xiang is destined to
Film Festival. choices that must be faced when terminal unveil a frightening truth about his family. Will
Print Source: Sinefilm, Armagan Lale, illness looms, and a meditation on the subjects his fourth portrait be an image of himself?
info@sinefilm.com of love and existence that is universal in its Told with striking, lyrical cinematography and
implications. -Adapted from Palm Springs a stellar cast, The Fourth Portrait confirms
International Film Festival director Chung Mong-hong as a bold, exciting
Taiwanese talent to watch.
Beta Film: Beta Cinema, Delphine Eon,
delphine.eon@betafilm.com Winner of Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor,
and the New Talent Competition Audience
Award at the 2010 Taipei Film Festival and Best
Director and Outstanding Taiwanese Film at
Taiwan’s 2010 Golden Horse Awards.
Print Sources: Good Films Workshop, Steven
Tu, steventu@yahoo.com.tw

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STUDIES CONSORTIUM

HELLO! HOW ARE ILLEGAL JESS + MOSS


YOU? DIRECTOR: OLIVIER MASSET-DEPASSE • DIRECTOR: CLAY JETER • USA • 2011
BELGIUM • 2010 • 95 MIN • FRENCH 83 MIN • ENGLISH
DIRECTOR: ALEXANDRU MAFTEI • ROMANIA/
Winner of the SACD Prize in the Director’s Sometimes questions don’t have new answers,
SPAIN/ITALY • 2010 • 105 MIN • ROMANIAN
Fortnight competition at Cannes Film Festival and memories are flashes of silver at the
Director Alexandru Maftei creates a new path and the Belgian entry for Best Foreign water’s surface, diving down like fish to the
for Romanian Cinema in Hello, How Are You?; Language Film at the Academy Awards. murky deep just as suddenly as they appear.
one that embraces mass appeal through humor
Battles for mercy and humanity are brought to Jess + Moss travels this nebulous territory
and a deep attention to storytelling.
a head in this revealing drama on immigrant during one hot Kentucky summer, as an 18-

f i n d m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n l i n e a t w w w. m s p f i l m f e s t . o r g
With the initial spark nearly gone, married rights. Tania (Anne Coesens), a Russian year old girl and a 12-year old boy run through
couple Gabriel and Gabriela reawaken their illegally living in Belgium with her son for tobacco fields waiting for something to happen.
passion through virtual love. Their romantic the past eight years, is now threatened with Clay Jeter’s remarkable first feature is an
second life will either salvage what’s left of their deportation. Locked in detention indefinitely, experimental, stream-of-consciousness series
marriage or be the final nail in the coffin. With she shows determination and dignity in her of vignettes exploring memory, companionship,
blunt but humorous commentary from their struggle to regain her humanity and be reunited and sexual awakening. Inventive use of sound
equally depraved teenage son, this entertaining with her child. and lush, impressionistic cinematography
spin on modern married life remains as light as
Coesens illustrates immense talent and skillful beckon the audience into a world of winding
it is relatable.
restraint in this demanding role, while agitated Appalachian dirt roads, flushed cheeks,
Print Source: M-Appeal, Anne Wiedlack, camerawork brings Tania’s panicked state voices on tape, and a mysterious crumbling
aw@m-appeal.com to the forefront. As it tackles the hot-button house with hints of something darker lurking
issues of immigration policy and reform, this underneath. What we are left with, more epic
exceptional film by award-winning writer/ poem than feature film, will stay with us for as
director Oliver Masset-Depasse is critical long as we can remember the smell of grass.
viewing for all festivalgoers. Print Source: Visit Films, Aida LiPera,
Print Source: Film Movement, Rebeca Conget, al@visitfilms.com
rebeca@filmmovement.com

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WALSER AUTOMOTIVE GROUP CRASH + SUES & KAREN STERNAL
& INGEBRETSENS
MICROPHONE SMALL TOWN MURDER
SOUND OF NOISE
DIRECTOR: AHMAD ABDALLA • EGYPT • 2010 SONGS DIRECTORS: OLA SIMONSSON, JOHANNES
120 MIN • ARABIC DIR: ED GASS-DONNELLY • CANADA • 2010 STJÄRNE NILSSON • SWEDEN • 2010
Filmmakers Invited
75 MIN • ENGLISH 102 MIN • SWEDISH
Anticipating Egypt’s youth-led January
Award winning Canadian filmmaker Ed Gass- This film fest favorite is a not-to-be-missed
democratic revolution, Ahmad Abdalla’s story
Donnelly returns with a striking contemporary riotous, ingeniously inventive, one-of-a-kind
about Egypt’s long-supressed counterculture
gothic tale of murder, redemption, and long- romp.
movement is set against the dense cityscape
held secrets.
of Alexandria. The follow-up to his widely
f i n d m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n l i n e a t w w w. m s p f i l m f e s t . o r g

For a group of disaffected, anarchic musicians,


acclaimed debut, Heliopolis, the film tracks Set in a small Ontario Mennonite community, the city is an orchestra. The renegade bunch
recently repatriated Khaled as he attempts to Peter Stormare (Fargo) gives a captivating uses everything from oxygen tanks to the
readjust to life in his hometown. Feeling alone performance as Walter, an aging ineffective whirring squeal of a paper shredder in their
and dispirited, he takes to the streets in search police officer called upon to solve a local sonic attack on the constant din of urban life.
of something, anything, to connect to. What he murder case and redeem himself in the eyes Tone-deaf Officer Warnebring is hot on the trail
quickly finds is a vibrant underground arts and of the people. Walter’s motivations begin to of these aural terrorists, but runs into trouble
music scene, long suppressed by the Mubarak become suspect as the investigation proceeds, when he suddenly finds himself strangely
regime. and he finds himself ensnared in a web of self- drawn to one of them…
doubt, bitter, unhealed wounds, and religious
Increasingly enthralled by this lively The heart of Sound of Noise lies in its
repression.
counterculture, Khaled decides to advocate impeccably constructed percussive
for and promote the talents of his new, diverse Stunning cinematography and a haunting performances. Enormously entertaining
group of friends. He believes supporting them choral score add to deft performances that give and imaginative, this is writer/directors’ Ola
will bring about inevitably positive change in a this film a power that will keep you on the edge Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson’s first
community stifled by a repressive government. of your seat. feature film and wildest ride yet.
Real-life painters, graffiti artists, rooftop “Eerily beautiful, invoking the Coen brothers” Print Source: Magnolia Pictures, Arianne Ayers,
musicians, guerilla filmmakers, and break- –Screen International aayers@magpictures.com
dancing street performers fill Microphone’s Print Source: Visit Films, Aida LiPera,
Alexandria with the raw energy of youth, and al@visitfilms.com
Ahmad Abdalla once again proves himself to
be an auteur on the rise.
Winner of numerous awards, including Best
Arabic Language Film at the Cairo International
Film Festival 2010, the film is an important
contribution to understanding resistance
against bureaucracy and tracing new changes
in Egypt.
Print Source: Film Clinic, Mohamed Hefzy,
mohefzy@film-clinic.com

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ABSENCE/PRESENCE AU PAIR, KANSAS BROKEN DREAMS


DIRECTOR: JED SCHLEGELMILCH • USA • 2010 DIRECTOR: J.T. O’NEAL • USA • 2011 DIRECTOR: FATHIA M. ABSIE • USA • 2011
119 MIN • ENGLISH 95 MIN • ENGLISH 140 MIN • ENGLISH, SOMALI
Filmmakers Present Cast & Crew Present Filmmakers Present
In an attempt to better understand his brother A recently widowed young mother living in a Now home to the nation’s largest Somali
John’s mysterious death, and in overall quaint Swedish farming community in Kansas population, Minneapolis has, over the past
remembrance of him, Jed Schlegelmilch goes on hires an adorable twenty-something Norwegian twenty years, become known as a welcoming
a 10-day journey to interview family and friends soccer player to be a male au pair and help her place for families seeking a new beginning
about John almost 17 years after his passing. raise two sons, 9 and 15 respectively. When outside of their war-torn homeland.
Jed Schlegelmilch was born in Milwaukee, the young Viking rebuffs her advances and It came as a shock when in 2008, a group of
Wisconsin. He graduated with a film studies gets too close to the boys, she wonders, ‘is he young Somali men seemingly disappeared from
degree from UW-Milwaukee. He currently gay, or just European?” The film stars rising their Minnesota home, only to be discovered
resides in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he Norwegian actor Håvard Lilleheie, of the 2003
f i n d m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n l i n e a t w w w. m s p f i l m f e s t . o r g

among the ranks of Al-Shabab and other


manages a movie theatre. Absence/ Presence top selling Norwegian film United, and porn- organizations in the east African nation. How
is his first feature film. star-turned-actress Traci Lords (of Zach and it came to be that these young men, some
Print Source: Miniature Life Documents, Jed Miri Make a Porno) in what its makers call a of whom had never even set foot in Somalia,
Schlegelmilch, jedandsara@comcast.net “romantic dramedy.” gave up the comforts of home for a fight a
Screenwriter/Director/Producer JT O’Neal world away is the focus of this groundbreaking
has an MFA from UCLA, where he won the documentary.
prestigious UCLA Screenwriting Showcase Fathia Absie, for the first time, documents
and Alfred P. Sloan awards. With an MD from the families of these men as they openly talk
the University of Kansas and an MPH from about the hopes and dreams of their sons,
Harvard, he is currently residency director and provides much-needed context through
of the Occupational Medicine Program at interviews with area youth and community
HealthPartners in Saint Paul. leaders. Absie’s important and thorough
Print Source: J.T. O’Neal, examination attempts to put into perspective
aupairkansas@aol.com an event that blindsided the Minneapolis
community, and most importantly, gives a voice
to those who are seldom heard in this deeply
troubling development: the family and friends of
those who’ve vanished.
SCREENING:
Print Source: Fathia Absie,
WED 27-APR 07:00 PM
farhiaa1@gmail.com
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I’M NOT BLACK I’M


COLOURED
DIRECTOR: KIERSTEN DUNBAR CHASE • USA /
SOUTH AFRICA • 2011 • 94 MIN • ENGLISH
Director Kiersten Dunbar Chace &
Actress Lesley-Ann Brandt Present SCREENING:
I’m Not Black, I’m Coloured reveals how people THU 28-APR 07:00 PM
of mixed race heritage in South Africa are trapped
in an endless cycle of invisibility and exclusion.
The film also explores how genetic DNA testing
SOLO 1 X 2 DIRECTOR: ROBERT HAMMEL • USA • 2010 • 103 MIN • ENGLISH
to learn one’s ancestry can free the psychological Filmmakers Present
shackles produced by colonization. 6 Dancers + 6 Choreographers = 6 Extraordinary Dances. The partnership between dancers and their
For 16 years Kiersten Dunbar Chace served as choreographers as they create Solos serves as a background for unique portraits of these artists. Who
a community activist in the coloured townships they are, the toll the quest for perfection takes upon their bodies, and the very process of dance itself
of Cape Town. This experience motivated her to are explored in this enthralling documentary.
produce and direct a film about a marginalized Bob Hammel is a Minnesota-based filmmaker whose career includes work in theater, film, and art
people overlooked in a country still stratifying installations. Films in production include; Dhvee: A Bridge between Cultures a documentary about
its soul with racial identity. Kiersten lives in cultural collaboration; Out of the Shadows which connects art and healing; and The Moving Cell
Minneapolis and this is her first feature film. Project, an investigation into the connections between dance and science.
Print Source: Mondé World Films, LLC, Kiersten Print Source: Perimeter Productions, Robert C. Hammel, bob@perimeterproductionsltd.com
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INCREDIBLY SMALL THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTH ROUGH TENDER


DIRECTOR: DEAN PETERSON • USA • 2010 DIRECTOR: CHAD FREIDRICHS • USA • 2011 DIRECTOR: JOE DRESSEL • USA • 2010
83 MIN • ENGLISH 83 MIN • ENGLISH 90 MIN • ENGLISH
Cast & Crew Present Filmmakers Present Cast & Crew Present
Susan Burke and Minneapolis’ own Stephen This documentary feature explores the social, Unlikely love blooms between a brooding,
Gurewitz star in this comedy about a young economic and legislative issues that led to explosive loner and an extroverted introvert
couple who move into a shabby 300 square foot the decline of conventional public housing with a cat and a library habit. A darkly comic,
apartment looking to start a life together. But in America, and the city centers in which sadly sweet and even poignant tale about
things don’t exactly go as planned. A series of they resided, while tracing the personal and finding and keeping love despite the odds.
mishaps and unexpected visitors make them poignant narratives of several of the residents Joe Dressel was born in 1984. His passion
realize that maybe they aren’t as perfect for of the notorious Pruitt-Igoe public housing for story telling led to creating live-action and
each other as they previously had thought. The complex in St. Louis. animated short films. In 2007, he graduated
film was shot in Minneapolis over 14 days and

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Director Chad Freidrichs was reared in from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design
also features MSPIFF alum Alex Karpovsky, the Chanhassen and New Ulm, Minnesota. The with a BFA in animation. After earning his
‘Mumblecore’ filmmaker who presented his debut Pruitt-Igoe Myth is his third documentary degree, Joe began a career in advertising. He
feature, The Hole Story, at MSPIFF in 2005. feature. He currently teaches filmmaking at has also continued to tell stories by directing
Director Dean Peterson grew up in Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. numerous short and feature films.
Minneapolis, MN. He studied film in New York, Print Source: Unicorn Stencil Doc. Films, Print Source: joe@joedressel.com
Paris and Chicago. His interests include: black pruittigoedoc@gmail.com
coffee, Siberian Huskies and David Bowie.
Incredibly Small is his first feature.
Print Source: Dean Peterson,
petersoncinema@gmail.com

SCREENING:
SCREENING: FRI 15-APR 07:00 PM
SUN 17-APR 04:30 PM PRESENTED BY: CRASH + SUES

THICKER THAN WATER TRIUMPH67


DIR: BRADLEY RAPPA • USA • 2009 DIRECTOR: DAN TANZ • USA • 2010
90 MIN • ENGLISH 98 MIN • ENGLISH
Filmmakers Present World Premiere • Cast & Crew Present
11-year old Tony Rappa of White Bear Lake, Following the sudden death of his brother, a
MN, ‘absolutely, positively’ loves playing Palestinian-American man reconnects with a
hockey, but struggles to lead a normal active woman from his past, and forges a bond with
life despite the potentially fatal risks associated his newfound family. He must grapple with
with his severe type A hemophilia. the past, the present and the cost of his own
Bradley Rappa received his MFA in Filmmaking secrets from a long ago summer.
MINNESOTA MADE from Syracuse University in 1995. He is After seven years as an educator in Minnesota,
FEATURES PRESENTED BY: an award-winning painter and filmmaker and a few internships in television production,
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worldwide. In addition to being a media literacy uncompromising feature dramas.
educator and professional cinematographer, Triumph67, a collaboration between a Jewish
Brad and his wife produce work to promote director and a Palestinian producer, is Tanz’s
environmental and human rights causes. first feature film.
Bradley currently lives in Ithaca, NY with his
wife and their two boys Alex and Aydan. Print Source: Driftless Pictures, Jeremy Wilker,
jwilker@tweakdigital.com
Print Source: Bill Kersey, bill.kersey@msn.com
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In Competition
Best Short
SHORTS PROGRAM 80 MINUTES SHORTS PROGRAM 116 MINUTES
SCREENINGS: SCREENINGS:
MON 18-APR 09:15 PM THU 21-APR 04:30 PM
SUN 1-MAY 09:00 PM FRI 29-APR 02:00 PM

GARAGOUZ ON RUBIK’S ROAD


DIRECTOR: ABDENOUR ZAHZAH • ALGERIA • 2010 • 24 MIN • ARABIC DIRECTOR: LAILA PAKALNIŅA • LATVIA • 2010 • 30 MIN • LATVIAN
This debut short film from director Abdenour Zahzah brilliantly captures If the entire world can be reflected in a single drop of dew (and it can!), then
the stirring Algerian countryside through a father-son road trip in a why couldn’t it fit onto a single bicycle road in Latvia? A film about a world that
rundown van. Puppet show masters, the pair travels from village to walks, runs, crawls, sits, rides, flies. And falls. A world alive. Acclaimed Latvian
village, spreading joy and laughs to the schoolchildren through their director Laila Pakalnina presents a vivid portrait of Latvian independence,
performances. Having previously directed documentaries in France documenting anonymous bike riders on Rubik’s Road, travelling trajectories
and Algeria, Abdenour Zahzah makes the transition to fiction seem only known to them.
effortless in his first short film effort. Print Source: National Film Center of Latvia, Zanda Dudina, zanda.
Print Source: Laith Media, laithmedia@gmail.com dudina@nfc.gov.lv

Presented by: American


IT’S NATURAL TO BE AFRAID GÖRING’S BATON Scandinavian Foundation

DIRECTOR: JUSTIN DOHERTY • UK • 2010 • 10 MIN • ENGLISH DIRECTOR: PIA ANDELL • FINLAND • 2010 • 38 MIN • FINNISH
Mya is coming into this country. Sam is coming out of mourning. Ryan This recently discovered footage of Finnish wartime history records the only
is coming into adulthood. Are any of them where they want to be? time Adolf Hitler ventured outside Germany during WWII-- to visit Finland’s top
Challenged to regain his life following a period of deep mourning, general. The hush-hush, archive reels, banned for more than 65 years, are
Sam steps back into the world at exactly the same time Mya arrives now seen in this remarkable secret filming assignment captured by young and
in town from Israel. Their lives seem destined to just miss each other curious Finnish war cinematographer, Felix Forsman, as Hitler was trying to
until a young man, unsure of his own place in the world, intervenes consolidate his Russian invasion.
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dramatically. –Courtesy Phoenix Film Festival Late in June 1942, Carl Gustaf Mannerheim, the Commander in Chief of
Print Source: Baracoa Pictures, Justin Doherty, the Finnish Defence Forces, reluctantly paid a return visit to Germany after
baracoapictures@me.com Adolf Hitler had visited Finland and congratulated Mannerheim on his 75th
birthday. Through his lens, Felix observed the Fuhrer, Hermann Göring and
the conditions in Berlin, visited Goebbels UFA studios and Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair
MOKHTAR in Berchtesgaden in the summer of 1942. Just before Forsman died recently
at age 90, the pristine footage was compiled and made available in this
DIR: HALIMA OUARDIRI • MOROCCO / CANADA • 2010 • 16 MIN • remarkable documentary.
TACHELHIT Print Source: The Finnish Film Foundation, Otto Suuronen, otto.
Based on a true story, Mokhtar tells the tale of a young Moroccan suuronen@ses.fi
goatherder who finds a fallen owl and decides to keep it as a pet.
The owl is a bad omen, and the boy begins to use it as a symbol of
rebellion against his family. THE FABULOUS FIFF AND FAM
Brotherhood, spirituality and the essence of religion are both
DIRECTOR: SOLVEIG MELKERAAEN • NORWAY • 2010 • 29 MIN • NORWEGIAN
celebrated and challenged in this
The Fabulous Fiff and Fam is a feel-good documentary about the genuine
work from Quebec’s Halima Ouardiri, winner of “most promising
pleasures and treasures of friendship between two women of 90 who have
Canadian short “ at Vancouver Film Fest, 2010.
known each other since they were five. It is a story about being old on the
Print Source: EyeSteelFilm, Gabriel Couture, outside, but young at heart.
distribution@eyesteelfilm.com
Print Source: Norwegian Film Institute, knut.skinnarmo@nfi.no

NIGHT FISHING HOW TO PICK BERRIES


DIR: PARKING CHANCE • SOUTH KOREA • 2011 • 30 MIN • KOREAN DIRECTOR: ELINA TALVENSAARI • FINLAND • 2010 • 19 MIN • FINNISH
The first movie shot entirely on an iPhone to be released theatrically,
this is a groundbreaking, haunting combined directorial effort of the Economy is stranger than fiction. Visitors from a distant place appear in
star duo PARKing CHANce, made up of brothers Chan-wook Park the misty swamps of Northern Finland. The locals grow restless - things
(Oldboy, Thirst) and media artist Chan-kyong Park. are changing, secret berry spots are revealed, and everything is getting
Deep in the woods, cutting through the fog, a man walks in carrying a uncomfortable. Who is to blame and who is profiting from all this? How to
fishing bag. He arrives at the edge of a river. The man leisurely goes Pick Berries is an exploration of the Finnish mind and the absurdities of global
about setting up his fishing rods and starts fishing. Hours later, night economy. Recent graduate of ELO Film School in Helsinki, writer/director
has fallen on the quiet riverside. The man hasn’t caught much fish Elina Talvensaari screened her film in the Short Film Corner at Cannes and
and just sits, waiting. Just then, something big is caught on the fishing was awarded Best Documentary at the 2010 Tampere Film Festival.
rod. It’s not something he can put on his dinner plate but the body of a Print Source: AALTO University - ELO Helsinki Film School, Saara Toivanen,
mysterious young woman in white funeral dress crying in a little girl’s saara.toivanen@aalto.fi
voice, calling him “daddy”...
Print Source: FINECUT Co., Ltd., Oya JEONG, oya@finecut.co.kr
ADDITIONAL SCREENING: FRIDAY, APRIL 22 AT 3:15

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US SHORTS PROGRAM

Best Short
In Competition
72 MINUTES

Filmmakers Present

SCREENING:
SAT 23-APR 02:15 PM

THE ENCOUNTER
DIRECTOR: ANGELA MATEMOTJA • USA • 2010 • 21 MIN • ENGLISH
A young white woman on a search for inner peace, gets stuck in an elevator
with an older African man. Though the residue of apartheid still remains, does
he hold the key to her finding inner peace?
Writer/Director Angela Matemotja is an NAACP Theatre Award Nominee,
and a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. A trip to South
Africa and experience making films at the Richard Lawson Studios led her to
develop The Encounter.
Print Source: Matemotja Productions, Angela Matemotja,
amatemotja@hotmail.com

MOSQUITO DIR: JEREMY ENGLE • USA • 2010 • 12 MIN • ENGLISH


Mosquito is about humiliation and redemption – the coming of age story about
a 13-year old Dominican boy whose awkward bravado and fanciful imagination
have earned him the nicknamed Mosquito. On a memorable Halloween night in
1974, Cesar fights to win the respect of his teenage tormentors.
Writer/Director Jeremy Engle was born and raised in NYC where he was a
public high school teacher. Mosquito is his first film.

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Print Source: Mosquito Films, L.L.C., Jeremy Engle, jengle280@gmail.com

PLUME DIRECTOR: KAREN CINORRE • USA • 2011 • 9 MIN • ENGLISH


In an article printed in Notes Africaines in 1945, a man claimed he became
lost in the desert as a child, raised by ostriches until his rescue. Plume
imagines that ostrich-boy, a beautiful abomination, slipping between animal
and human worlds, belonging to neither.
Director Karen Cinorre has worked on such diverse film projects as Isabella
Rossellini’s “Green Porno” to Gus Van Sant’s “Last Days.” Karen’s own
directorial work includes film projections set to William Burrough’s reading of
the dying words of Dutch Schultz for a contemporary opera at Opera Centrum
Amsterdam. Before PLUME she made “L’École est Fini,” an updated take on
the French Scopitone from the 1960’s as well as the short films “Transatlantic”
and “Zero-One.” Karen has also directs commercials and music videos.
Print Source: Samuel Levy, sam.levy@me.com

SEA SICK DIR: PATRICK BROOKS • USA • 2011 • 14 MIN • ENGLISH


When Claire and Keith embark upon what was supposed to be a romantic
whale-watching cruise, they’re forced to confront the currents of discontent
hiding just beneath the surface of their relationship.
Writer/director Patrick Brooks shot the whole film in Super 16 aboard a ship in
the Pacific Ocean. He is currently finishing coursework for his M.F.A. in Film
Directing at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Patrick is also an
accomplished cinematographer
Print Source: Patrick Brooks, patrickbrooksfilm@gmail.com

THE SMALL ASSASSIN


DIRECTOR: CHRIS CHARLES • USA • 2010 • 16 MIN • ENGLISH
US Premiere
The year is 1947, and Alice (Lois Atkins) and David (David Marcotte) have just
given birth to their first child. When Alice slips into postpartum depression, David
seeks the advice of their Doctor (Robert Breuler), who assures him that she will
eventually come around. But as time passes Alice’s depression takes a turn for the
worse, and she becomes convinced that the baby is conspiring against her. David
must decide if his wife is loosing her mind, or if the child is plotting their doom. The
Small Assassin is based on the short story by legendary sci-fi author Ray Bradbury.
Print Source: Beverly Ridge Pictures, Chris Charles,
ccharles@beverlyridgepictures.com

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MINNESOTA SHORTS PRESENTED BY: SUMMIT BREWING

MN-SHORTS: MUSIC VIDEOS MN SHORTS: NARRATIVES


In Competition
Best Short 71 MINUTES
SCREENING: THU 21-APR 7:00 PM
SCREENINGS:
Filmmakers Present
TUE 19-APR 07:00 PM Filmmakers Present
ALL FALL DOWN by Typsy Panthre
WED 4-MAY 09:45 PM
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: PHILIP HARDER • 3 MIN
The music video for Typsy Panthre's "All Fall Down" draws upon a tragic childhood
memory, a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, and a desolate winter vision of the
HOUR OF THE DARK
Mississippi River. Philip Harder has directed numerous music videos, short films, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: JILA NIKPAY • 6:38 MIN
commercials, and is in production on two features. Haunted by the massive unrest and brutality in her homeland, a distraught exile
descends into a personal nightmare. Jila Nikpay was born in Iran and studied visual
DIXON’S GIRL by Dessa arts and communication at the University of Minnesota. Her films weave the political
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: TODD COBERY • 2:48 MIN and personal, investigating the nature of freedom.
The music video for Dessa's track, "Dixon's Girl" from the album "A Badly Broken
Code" finds Dessa stuck in a snowstorm and surrounded by a bevy of surreal
characters. Todd Cobery has earned a reputation as a filmmaker, his films have JERRY SCHWINGLE AND THE
screened all over the world at festivals like SXSW and Tribeca.
HAPPINESS WELL
ALIBI by Dessa
DIR: SARAH JEAN KRUCHOWSKI • PROD: JULIE KAUPA • 11:42 MIN
DIRECTOR: MARIA JURANIC • PRODUCER: SCOTT FERRIL • 3:04 MIN After a series of unfortunate events Jerry Schwingle’s day only gets worse
The music video for Dessa’s track, “Alibi” from the album “A badly Broken Code”, with the discovery of a magical wishing well. Sarah Jean Kruchowski is a
uncovers the paranoia of a woman who takes great risks to support and defend her
Minnesota filmmaker and a Duluth native. She graduated from the U of M with an
man. Maria Juranic is a filmmaker known for original effects and stop motion mixed
media style. Her videos have been screened all over the world and seen on television
individualized degree in filmmaking and ethics. For the last 8 years she has worked
through MTV, FUSE and VH1. on creating her own projects as well as working extensively in Art Department,
production designing and set decorating in the Twin Cities. She is currently
FREAK OUT by Tapes and Tapes attending the UCLA MFA program for film directing.
DIRECTOR: KEVIN RUSSELL • PRODUCER: MAX BECKER • 5:00 MIN
A just married man finally discovers the trail of antics left by his wife just before they
crossed paths at a New Years Eve party. Kevin Russell is an independent filmmaker THE LUCKY ONE
for commercial, fine art, and community based projects. DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: ANN PRIM • 11:14 MIN
TATOOINE by Jeremy Messersmith The emotionally crippling dilemma of believing what you’ve lost is of greater value
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than what life now offers. Ann Prim is a filmmaker and a musician who moved
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: ERIC POWER • 2:40 MIN from Boston to Minnesota in 1999. She creates and directs films that reveal the
Paper Jedis!? Yes indeed! This is the original Star Wars trilogy re-imagined in glorious
cut paper animation set to the lovely tune ‘Tatooine’ by Jeremy Messersmith. As 2-D
complexities and contradictions that are at the heart of every human relationship.
as it gets. Eric Power is Jeremy’s “blood brother from MN” and an animator based out
of Austin Texas specializing in animated music videos, and short films in a wide variety
of styles. Soon to move on to features. FRIDAY NIGHT
DIRECTOR: STEPHEN GUREWITZ • PRODUCERS: BRITNI WEST, STEPHEN
COMING TO AMERICA by M.anifest
GUREWITZ • 5:30 MIN
DIRECTOR: WALLY AGBOOLA • PRODUCER: LUKE DUNNE • 3:54 MIN After leaving the bar together, two strangers are unable to find a parking spot.
The music video for M.anifest Track Coming to America– finds M.anifest as a stranger
in a new country, roaming around Minneapolis, Minnesota Wally Agboola, originally
Stephen Gurewitz is a filmmaker from Minnesota. His films have screened at
from Nigeria, Africa gets inspiration as a director and photographer not only from his festivals including South by Southwest, Sarasota, and Vail. His first feature
cultural background, but also from his world travels. “Marvin Seth & Stanley” is currently in post-production.

YOU’LL BE BRIGHT by Cloud Cult DIR: DAN HUITING • 4 MIN


From the mind of the same guy that did that Sims thing, comes a classic tale of “an
adventurous little sleeper on a quest for love and icy profundity” -Andrew Flanagan,
KARL DIRECTOR: SCOTT WENNER • 2 MIN
In an animated short set to a poem by Dag Straumsvåg, two stories of predator
MTV/City Pages. Dan Huiting has earned a reputation as a one-trick pony with a video
and prey unfold simultaneously. Scott Wenner is a Minneapolis based Animator
camera who inexplicably continues to get work.
and Director. He has spent the last ten years working in both film and television
CITY OF MUSIC by Sims DIRECTOR: DAN HUITING • 3:55 MIN with clients such as NBC Universal, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and
A disturbing tale of one man’s journey from inside a car to outside of it. “A harrowing, Greenpeace.
edge-of-your-passenger-seat thrill ride.” -Andre Durand “Dan Huiting was legendary.
All the girls wanted him in HS. There was lore about him.” -Justin Vernon, Bon Iver
THE LAST CITY IN THE EAST
ONE DIMENSIONAL MAN by Sims
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: ERIK HAMMEN • 6 MIN
DIRECTORS: ISAAC GALE, DAVID JENSEN • 3:20 MIN Punk poet Paul Dickinson returns to the city that made him: St. Paul, Minnesota.
A corporate message of hope and healing, brought to you by Organikel. Erik Hammen wrote and directed LOVE MY GUTS in 1999. His next feature,
Isaac Gale and David Jensen are visual artists and filmmakers based out of
TIME OF THE ROBOTS, will be released in 2011. He shoots Super 8 and Holga.
Minneapolis.

A LIFELESS ORDINARY by Motion City Soundtrack


DIRECTOR: SHANE NELSON • 3:45 MIN
THE COMEBACK
A girl goes swimming... kind of. Shane Nelson runs www.omni-fusion where he creates DIRECTOR: PATRICK COYLE • PRODUCER: ANN LUSTER, EXECUTIVE
digital awesomeness for the people. PRODUCER: JOHN O'BRIEN • 8 MIN
A man has been missing from work. When he returns, he is treated strangely by
YOUR LOVE IS A POISON by The Melismatics
co-workers until one finally asks him, “what happened?”
DIRECTOR: JUSTIN STAGGS • PRODUCER: FRENCHY LUNNING • 2:52 MIN Patrick Coyle writes, directs and acts in movies and plays, most recently his MN
The music video for The Melismatics track, “Your Love is a Poison” is heavily inspired
made 2009 feature film Into Temptation.
by the 80’s movie “Tron”, The Power Rangers, and also the fictional German 80’s band,
“Autobahn”, as portrayed in the movie “The Big Lebowski.” Director Justin Staggs has
directed several dozen music videos for national and local recording artists, including
such names as The Foo Fighters, Against Me!, NOFX. GOOD MORNING, BEAUTIFUL
DIRECTOR: TODD COBERY • PRODUCERS: BRADY KIERNAN, CRIST BALLAS,
YOU WANT TO by The Arms Akimbo
TODD COBERY • 19MIN PRESENTED BY: SPLICE
DIRECTOR: JUSTIN STAGGS • 3:24 MIN
The tongue-in-cheek music video for The Arms Akimbo’s track, “You Want To”, was
After the death of his newborn daughter, a man deals with his grief as he struggles
done in the style of classic French New Wave and features the acting talents of Annie to keep his grasp on reality. Todd Cobery has earned a reputation as a filmmaker
Einan and Chad Augustin. with a unique perspective and sense of humor. His films have screened all over the
world at festivals like SXSW and Tribeca.

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MINNESOTA SHORTS PRESENTED BY: SUMMIT BREWING

MN-SHORTS 1: Filmmakers Present MN-SHORTS 2 : Filmmakers Present

Best Short
In Competition
EMERGING FILMMAKERS EMERGING FILMMAKERS 77 MINUTES
SCREENING: WED 20-APR 7:00 PM SCREENING: SAT 30-APR 2:00 PM

KEYS DIRECTOR: NED HURLEY • 7:30 MIN OH, WOW


Drawn in by an echoing piano melody, a young man ventures into a DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: TAMMARA MELLOY • 6 MIN
warehouse to find its source. Ned Hurley is soon to be a graduate of A young paperboy follows his dream to become a
the film program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. With a great dancer. Tammara Melloy has danced with the Aikiko
focus in directing and editing, his projects are always trying to dredge Dance Company in Aiea, Hawaii, with Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, Sesame Street
up the heart that can be found in the dusty, disused and mundane. Live and Prince. A triple threat actress as well as filmmaker.

SAVE THE VICTORIA BREAKFAST FOR DINNER


DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: ANGELA ANDRIST DIR: SEAN VOYSEY OLSON • PRODUCER: DANIELLA VOYSEY OLSON • 11 MIN
• 4:48 MIN As he waits for his father to come home from Iraq, ten-year-old Zach does
what any boy would do: cook delicious breakfast.
This film documents an effort to save an old historic theatre in St.
Sean Voysey Olson is a lifelong film lover and Minnesota student
Paul, Minnesota. Angela Andrist has directed a handful of short
filmmaker. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife.
documentaries. She received the 2008 Best Film by an Emerging
Filmmaker award at the Minnesota’s Greatest Generation Moving
Pictures Film Festival for her film Soap Box Derby Champion.
BETWEEN A BRIDGEROCK
DIRECTOR: JOSH WALLACE • PRODUCERS: KEVIN ACKLEY, JOSH WALLACE,
WAITING DIRECTORS: KRIS DUNLAP, JOHN GIGRICH • 12 MIN ADAM BRANT • 16 MIN
Waiting is a musical journey of daily delays, highlighting all the Brendon Bridgerock is a young man whose life is persistently bombarded with
mundane events that make us pause. And in the end, we find that reminders that he shares his name with a moronic celebrity.
some things are truly worth waiting for. This is Kris Dunlap’s second Josh Wallace is a current film student at Minnesota State University-
short film, which stars her younger brother, Peter Vickerman. A writer Moorhead, as well as an up-and-coming stand up comedian who performs in
at The Shinebox, Kris lives in White Bear Lake with her husband Jim local comedy events regularly.
and two kids, Amber and Jake.
JAKE’S CARD
...WITH VENERATION:

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DIRECTOR: KASSANDRA LANGUM • PRODUCERS: NICKI ANDERT, KASSANDRA
KOLACHE MAPPING LANGUM • 5 MIN
While studying at the library, Jake is disrupted by a pretty girl. After a bunch
DIRECTOR: JAMIE ISCHER • 7:14 MIN of playful glances, Jake checks out and leaves the library only to drop his
An examination of the interpersonal connectedness experienced card. The girl picks it up and races after him making for a memorable first
through ritual. This work was made to explore how traditions encounter. Kassandra Langum works as a freelance producer, casting
can be used to reinforce the faculties of memory. Kolache is an director, and production assistant in the Twin Cities. Most recently, she
Eastern European pastry that my Grandma Eileen routinely made has worked as a casting director and extras casting coordinator on local
and is significant due to the ability to perpetuate my relationship. music videos, short films, and feature films. Kassandra is currently studying
Jamie Ischer is a current student of interdisciplinary studies at screenwriting at Metropolitan State University.
the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His collaborator/camera
operator/editor is MN filmmaker Amanda Becker. She enjoys making LUCID DREAMS
films and collaborating with inspiring people like Jamie! DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: DAVID J. BUCHANAN • 14 MIN

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORMAN Kronos is a man searching for his life; but only in his
dreams, will his truth life be revealed.
David J. Buchanan: young filmmaker, aged wisdom.
PRESENTED BY: JOHN AND ALLYN DAVIES
DIRECTOR: JACLYN EVERT • 7:25 I’VE GOT NO RIGHT TO SING THE
Norman and wife sit at the dinner table. It is Norman’s birthday, and
his wife has prepared dinner, and a cake. Not much is eaten in this BLUES
intense battle of the sexes. DIR: BRITTANY GUSTAFSON • PRODUCER: JULIE KANE MEYER • 8:46 MIN
Sponsored by John and Allyn Davies in honor of Jaclyn Evert. This is the story of Sam and Annie, a teacher and student, meet and talk
about the trails and struggles released in the beautiful, flowing rhythms of the
APERTURE blues.
DIR: MAXIMILIAN SELIM • PRODUCER: NICHOLAS GRADY • 17 MIN Brittany Gustafson is the youngest of three & is currently a student at
Minneapolis Community Technical College. Has an AS in Directing &
On the eve of a life-changing decision a young man stops at a
Producing, currently pursuing degree in Cinematography.
mysterious motel with his girlfriend.
Maximilian Selim is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and
Prague Film School, Czech Republic. Depending on the day, he’s “BEAUTIFUL. THANK YOU.”
either a music video director, a blog writer, a Play It Again Sports DIRECTOR: KATE ENGE • PRODUCER: MARY ZANTOPP • 4:23 MIN
employee, a baseball coach at St. Paul Central or unemployed. To watch someone do something they love is a beautiful thing.
Kate Enge is a recent graduate from film program at Minnesota State
University Moorhead. She has directed many shorts, and is currently working
on a short set in 1890. She is originally from Anoka, MN.

DRAGON’S BREATH
DIR: BEN PIMLOTT • DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAOHY: IVAN CLOW • 11 MIN
A young man employs the ancient fundamentals of Feng Shui to seek
vengeance. The creators of this piece are current film production majors
at Minnesota State University Moorhead. This is the most recent of many
collaborations between Ben Pimlott (director) and Ivan Clow (dp) and their
colleagues in the Film Studies department.

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MN SHORTS: HOW A SQUARE BECOMES A


In Competition
Best Short Filmmakers Present

DOCS AND ANIMATIONS TRIANGLE DIRECTOR: DYLAN WILBUR • 2:45 MIN


How a square becomes a triangle, in case you are interested.
SCREENING: TUES 26-APR 7:00 PM Born and raised in Minnesota, schooled at UW-Madison, Dylan Wilbur forces
his creative will upon the animated form, the lens, and the world, often with
AMSTERDAM CANAL BIKES unpredictable results.

DIRECTOR: PHILIP HARDER • 2:56 MIN


February 2011. A ridiculous number of old bikes were dredged out of URBAN AGRARIAN WOMAN
Amsterdam canals. How they got there, no one knows. Many other
DIR: JOHN AKRE • PRODUCER: POWDERKEG LIVE!, JOHN AKRE • 5 MIN
treasures were found. Philip Harder has directed numerous music
videos, short films and commercials. Urban Agrarian Woman turns sow’s ear into silk purse in this animated short
based on a live performance at Powderkeg Live! at the Ritz Theater. John
Akre is an animator, documentaries, youth media worker and comic book
maker who lives in Northeast Minneapolis.
COWBOY ROY SHOWS A SHOE
HOW TO TIE ITSELF A MOMENT DIRECTOR: AMANDA NELSON • 2:20 MIN
DIR: KARI JO SKOGQUIST • PROD: KARI JO SKOGQUIST, ELI STONE • 1 MIN
This is a short story about the sadder side of owning a pet. The Owner
Cowboy Roy assists a shoe in need with a lyrical lesson. “Cowboy
realizes, in a moment, that she will outlive her feline friend.
Roy”, aided by an exceptionally talented crew, is an educational
Amanda Nelson graduated from Ai Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science
piece for youth. Kari Jo Skogquist (director), a Perpich Center alumna
degree in Media Arts and Animation. She is currently an animator / designer at
(’06), is the animator for “Cowboy Roy”. She has animated various
Pixel Farm in Minneapolis, MN.
small projects and does camera department work for live events,
documentaries, narratives, and corporate video.

BALLAD OF THE SWEET TREAT


MR. SHADE, THE NORTH DIRECTOR: BETH PELOFF • 1:08 MIN
DIRECTOR: KARI JO SKOGQUIST • PRODUCER: THE POOR NOBODYS, When the object of a woman’s dream passes by her window, she gives chase.
Beth Peloff is an animator, documentary filmmaker and singer/songwriter. She
KARI JO SKOGQUIST • 5 MIN
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works in public access television.


Recorded within a single weekend, this experimental time-lapse
follows nature’s transition of day and night. It is entirely composed
of still images from rural Minnesota and features music by The Poor
Nobodys. Kari Jo Skogquist (director) is a freelance media artist and THE HUSTLE DIR & PRODUCER: MARIA JURANIC • 1:23 MIN
Perpich Center alumna (’06) based in the Twin Cities. Kari Jo primarily Broken Crow’s art features various animals and anthropomorphic
works with live camera operation and stop-motion animation. humanoids. Their paintings reintroduce wild animals back into urban habitats,
writing their own mythologies as they go. This piece follows their journey.
Maria Juranic is a filmmaker known for her unique original effects and stop
BIKE RACE DIRECTOR: TOM SCHROEDER • 12:15 MIN motion mixed media style. Her videos have been screened all over the world
and seen on television through MTV, FUSE and VH1.
An animated documentary film in which two friends decide to stage
a bicycle race to determine who is the best racer of all time, Eddy
Merckx or Lance Armstrong. A love triangle develops during the race.
Tom has been making animated films since 1990. He has received MAN & MACHINE: A NAKED ROBOTIC
Minnesota State Arts Board Grants in 1991, 1999 and 2006, Jerome
Film and Video Grants in 2000 and 2004, Bush Fellowships in 1997 LOVE STORY
and 2008, and a McKnight Fellowship in 2006. CO-DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS:JESSE ROESLER, JONATHAN NOWAK • 22 MIN
A naked robotic love story exploring the challenges and delights found
in sustaining a creative identity within a romantic relationship and the
WHY WE’RE HERE: TWIN CITIES controversial “new music” generated by an unconventional couple.
DIRECTORS: SUSAN BERNSTEIN, MARY MCGREEVY • 5:49 MIN Jesse Roesler (co-director/producer) is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker
whose work has screened at festivals such as SXSW and is also Co-Founder
A love letter to the Twin Cities that asks the question: Why, with all the
of Bolster, a creative agency specializing in branded digital storytelling.
other choices in the world, do we choose to live here?
Jonathan Nowak (co-director/producer) is a writer-director. Originally from
Susan Bernstein and Mary McGreevy (Seven and Sixty Productions)
blustery Minnesota, he now resides in Venice, California where he makes
are transplants to Minnesota who like to ask questions, find beauty
filmic stories– long and short ones.
and put it on film. Also produced by the MN Culture Club.

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EXPERIMENTAL FILMS PROGRAM Narrative / Pop Culture

Experimental Films
83 MINUTES
COMMERCIALS
SCREENING: FRI 29-APR 7:00 PM
FILMMAKER: ERICA EYERS • CANADA / UK • 2007 • 6:54 MIN
A cross-disciplinary screening of 11 films from international filmmakers Commercials is a series of progressively surreal mock advertisements for
pushing the definition of cinema and the boundaries of image-making products and services, such as a fake family pet, self-confidence building
into new territory. The program is split into two halves: the first a tapes, and a dating hotline.
primarily visual series of films, and the second drawing reference to
Erica Eyers (b. 1980), an internationally exhibited Canadian artist living in
popular culture and storytelling techniques.
the UK, creates video melodramas inspired by society’s modern-day desires
pushed to an extreme by trash TV. With the aid of make-up, wigs, costume
Formalist / Structuralist and props, the artist herself plays each character.

A FILM, SISTER
FILMMAKER: SUE DE BEER • USA • 2009 • 8 MIN
FILMMAKER: HISHAM BIZRI • USA / LEBANON • 2010 • 8:35 MIN
This is a video about how I worshipped you and about how I loved you and
A film poem about love. Between the moment of wakefulness and dream, a
love you still. This is a video that remembers you to yourself. -Alissa Bennett
woman is captured on film as a trapeze artist, a model, a lover, and a child.
Sue de Beer’s work explores the connections between memory, architecture,
Hisham Bizri is a Lebanese-American award-winning filmmaker,
history, gender and adolescence. De Beer’s work is in the permanent
recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the American
collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum for
Academy Rome Prize, co-founder of the Arab Institute of Film and is
Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Goetz Collection.
currently an Associate Professor of film at the University of Minnesota.

TWO BANANA DANCE


RETROGRADE PREMONITION FILMMAKER: DIANE TORR • UK • 2010 • 2:40 MIN
FILMMAKER: LEIGHTON PIERCE • USA • 2010 • 5 MIN As a prop, bananas can be many things: a gun, a telephone, a phallus. A
Retrograde Premonition looks and sounds like floating mind—the woman in black wields these fruits like smoking pistols in a dance of double
vicissitudes of thought, feeling, and the senses. entendres.

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Leighton Pierce’s award-winning short films and videos have been Performance artist Diane Torr (b.1948) is a pioneer of “drag king”
shown at the Sundance Film Festival and the Whitney Biennial, among performance, a fellow of the Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program
others. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he is currently head and of the Macdowell Art Colony, and co-author of the book, “Sex, Drag, and
of the Film and Video Production Program at the University of Iowa. Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance” with Stephen Bottoms (U
Michigan Press, 2010).

IF YOU CAN’T SEE MY MIRRORS,


THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR
I CAN’T SEE YOU FILMMAKER: KEREN CYTTER • GERMANY / ISRAEL • 2010 • 12:40 MIN
FILMMAKER: JENNY HOGARTH, KIM COLEMAN • UK • 2010 • 16 MIN This essayistic film explores colonialism, intermingles real and fictional elements,
An online video chat generates two live portraits with changeable and refers to the tradition of the romantic anthropological documentary, inspired
backdrops. It is a digital two-way mirror, a self-reflexive feedback by Chris Marker’s monumental film Sans Soleil (1983) and the works by
loop wherein the artists witness themselves talking back, inviting the Vietnamese theoretician and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha (1952).
audience to eavesdrop upon their Skype conversations.
Jenny Hogarth & Kim Coleman’s videos, performance works, and
installations unravel the relationship between the camera, subject
THE COAT
matter, and author and focus on how people and things perform. FILMMAKER: KEREN CYTTER • GERMANY / ISRAEL • 2010 • 5:53 MIN
Collaborating since 2003, they were LUX Associate Artists 2009/2010. A dramatic love triangle emerges between two brothers obsessed with the
game of sudoku and a beautiful young woman from East Germany.
Keren Cytter was born 1977 in Tel Aviv, Israel, and lives and works in Berlin.
VERTICAL KROMVEX MIRROR Her experimental video works illuminate the interpersonal and the private, and
are often based on templates of literary or cinematic classics, simultaneously
FILMMAKER: CHRISTIAN NEWBY • USA / UK • 2009 • 6:07 MIN
reflecting the influence of the media. She has exhibited widely, including the
A fever-dream. A performance in a cardboard jungle. A night vision war Venice Biennale, Art Basel, and the Haifa Museum of Art.
zone. Anthropomorphism is taking hold. Originally shot on Super 8.
Christian Newby makes films, videos, screen prints, drawings, and
installations. Born in Virginia Beach (1979), he lives and works in SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW
Glasgow, UK. FILMMAKER: JESSE MCLEAN • USA • 2009 • 5:11 MIN
What can a face reveal? Balanced between composure

THIS QUALITY and collapse, individuals anxiously await their fate.


Jesse McLean is interested both in the power and the failure of the mediated
FILMMAKER: ROSALIND NASHASHIBI • UK • 2010 • 5 MIN • 35MM experience to bring us together. She has shown her work most recently at
Shot in downtown Cairo, This Quality is a hypnotically deadpan study Migrating Forms at Anthology Film Archives, Director’s Lounge in Berlin, and
comprising two halves: first, a young woman stares steadily ahead Chicago Underground Film Festival. She lives and works in Chicago, IL.
with an inward, almost painted-on gaze. Second, a survey of covered Presented by Video Data Bank
parked cars turns the machine into a sightless face, like a child
• Discussion to follow the screening. Participants to include: Hisham
covering his eyes.
Bizri (Filmmaker, UMN Professor), Lynn Lukkas (Artist, UMN Professor),
Rosalind Nashashibi, British artist of Palestinian descent, has exhibited Sally Dixon (Avant-Garde Film Curator), and moderated by Anna Henson
extensively, including the ICA (London), Bergen Kunsthall (Norway), (Filmmaker, Programmer).
the Pompidou Centre (Paris), and the Venice Biennale. She was the
• Screening in conjunction with
first woman to win the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2003 for her film, The
State of Things. FREE RADICALS: A HISTORY OF
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DIRECTOR: TAKASHI MIIKE • JAPAN / UK • 2010 • 140 MIN • JAPANESE
The clash of steel against steel, in the grand scale of a Kurosawa epic, echoes across haunting,
misty landscapes in multi-award-winning and prolific filmmaker Takeshi Miike's latest visual feast 13
Assassins.
Peace in feudal Japan is a fleeting hope as a power-hungry young Lord lets loose his blood lust on
the land. Swords clash with wild abandon until two legendary samurai square off in its climactic 45-
minute battle that could end it all. With a nod to Kurosawa’s seminal work Seven Samurai, invoking the
charismatic Toshiro Mifune, Miike creates yet another classic among his body of work that includes 80
films in just 10 years.
Print Source: Magnolia Pictures

SCREENINGS:
THU 21-APR 06:45 PM
FRI 22-APR 09:45 PM LATE NIGHT

PRESENTED BY: JAPAN AMERICA SOCIETY OF MN & FILMDEMIC & HOFFMAN PARKIN REALTY

A SCREAMING MAN
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DIRECTOR: MAHAMAT-SALEH HAROUN • CHAD / FRANCE / BELGIUM • 2010 • 92 MIN • FRENCH, ARABIC
In the midst of civil war in war-weary Chad, elderly Adam (Youssouf Djaoro) battles for his job tending a
swimming pool in a luxury hotel. Ex-swimming champion, he is demoted from his position and replaced
by his son. Overwhelmed with feelings of resentment, he makes a fateful decision that he’ll have to live
with for the rest of his life.
In this fifth feature by director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, one of Africa’s top filmmakers, Adam’s internal
struggle is juxtaposed against the broad expansive concepts of war and religion. In A Screaming Man,
Haroun stakes his claim as the preeminent visionary for a region that is grossly underrepresented on
the world stage, but especially now coming to the fore in the African turmoil with Libya.
Winner of Jury Prize at 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
SCREENINGS: Print Source: Film Movement, Rebeca Conget, rebeca@filmmovement.com
FRI 22-APR 07:30 PM
WED 27-APR 04:45 PM

A USEFUL LIFE DIRECTOR: FEDERICO VEIROJ • URUGUAY • 2010 • 67 MIN • SPANISH


Uruguay’s official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards.
After twenty-five years, Cinemateca Uruguaya’s most devoted employee, Jorge (real-life Uruguayan
critic Jorge Jellinek), still finds his inspiration in caring for the films and audiences that grace the seats
and screen of his beloved arthouse cinema. But when dwindling attendance and diminishing support
force the theater to close its doors, Jorge is sent into a world he knows only through the lens of
art—and suddenly forced to discover a new passion that transcends his once-celluloid reality. Stylishly
framed in black-and-white with brilliantly understated performances, Federico Veiroj’s sly and loving
homage to the soul of cinema is a universally appealing gem and knowing charmer about life after the
movies.
Federico Veiroj was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1976. He received a degree in Social
Communication from the Catholic University of Uruguay and began making short films in 1996. His
SCREENINGS: first feature film, Acne, was awarded the Films in Progress TVE Award at the 2007 San Sebastián
SUN 17-APR 02:30 PM International Film Festival, premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and went on to receive the
Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 AFI Festival in Los Angeles. A Useful Life is his second feature film.
THU 21-APR 05:30 PM
Print Source: Global Film Initiative, Jeremy Quist, jeremy@globalfilm.org
PRESENTED BY: U OF M INSTITUTE
FOR GLOBAL STUDIES

AFINIDADES
DIRECTORS: VLADIMIR CRUZ, JORGE PERUGORRIA • CUBA / SPAIN • 2010 • 87 MIN • SPANISH
Director, Writer, Actor Vladimir Cruz Present
Award winning filmmakers Vladimir Cruz and Jorge Perugorría, who appeared in the 1994 film
Strawberry and Chocolate, team up again as both the stars and directing duo behind this sultry
psychological drama. Two couples, separated by more than just years, find refuge within their intimacy
as an affirmation of life and self in order to deal with the complexities and problems of the Cuban world.
The result is an ephemeral escape and a cocktail of unforeseen consequences.
Print Source: Havana Film Festival New York, info@hffny.com

SCREENINGS:
SAT 16-APR 06:45 PM
SUN 17-APR 07:00 PM
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AFTERSHOCK
NARRATIVE • DIRECTOR: XIAOGANG FENG • CHINA • 2010 • 128 MIN • MANDARIN
Considered the most successful Chinese film of all time, winner of Best Film and Best Actor at the Asia
Pacific Screen Awards and an audience favorite at numerous festivals, Aftershock ushers in a uniquely
Chinese model of cinematic disaster epic that rings with truth.
“Feng Xiaogang’s movie is a turbo-charged emotional blockbuster about the Tangshan earthquake
in 1976, which destroyed an entire industrial city, killed 242,000 people and coincided with seismic
political changes: Zhao Enlai and Mao Zedong died within months of the event. The terrible quake
leaves two seven-year-old twins buried under rubble; rescue workers brutally tell their mother they can
only save one child – which is it to be? The implications and aftershocks of this horrendous Sophie’s
Choice dilemma reverberate through the decades as the characters grow older and China changes
unrecognizably. There’s no doubt about it: this film’s an unashamed heart-wringer and a tear-jerker, SCREENINGS:
but it packs an almighty punch and the CGI work at the very beginning, as Tangshan crumbles into
nothingness, is impressive and pretty scary.” -Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian TUE 19-APR 09:45 PM
Print Source: China Lion Entertainment, Robert Lundberg, robert@chinalionentertainment.com THURS 21-APR 04:15 PM
MON 25-APR 06:45 PM
PRESENTED BY: AM 950

AMIGO DIRECTOR: JOHN SAYLES • USA • 2010 • 128 MIN • TAGALOG & ENGLISH

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The questionable US occupation of the Philippines in 1900 takes center stage in this latest offering
from singular indie film director, John Sayles.
An insightful and analytical portrait of recorded interest in American expansionism and power, Amigo
rings true both in its historical recreation and sensitivity to warfare’s complex human quandaries. This
must-see film hits straight at the heart of American conscience as parallels can be found between the
current wars in the Middle East and the Filipino occupation more than 100 years ago.
In the film, a squad of US soldiers takes over a rural village, whose elder the Yankees call “Amigo.” As
the inhabitants are forced to deal with the new foreign-imposed rules and curfews, another conflict with
a rebel resistance brews. Torn between protecting the village and to dealing with this unexpected event,
Amigo is forced to make some difficult decisions.
Print Source: Variance Films, Dylan Marchetti, dylan@variancefilms.com SCREENINGS:
FRI 22-APR 06:45 PM

AN EARTHLY PARADISE FOR THE EYES


DIRECTOR: IRENA PAVLASKOVA • CZECH REPUBILC • 2010 • 114 MIN • CZECH
Award-winning, veteran director Irena Pavlaskova’s faithful depiction of post-1968 Czechoslovakia and
‘70’s “normalization” opts to push political dissent and repression to the background, favoring a foray
into the era’s sexual revolution. In an astonishing performance from Vilma Cibulkova as film production
coordinator and single mother Marta, she slowly embraces the ethos of the movement, collecting a
few boyfriends in the process. Pavlaskova applies a comedic weightlessness to a feature that could
easily turn moralistic or overbearing in the hands of a less experienced director. A fun and entertaining
escape for the more adventurous filmgoer. Based on the father/daughter memoir by widely known
playwright/novelist Pavel Kohout (colleague of Charter ’77’s Vaclav Havel).
Print Source: Czech Television Telexport, Jitka Procházková, Jitka.Prochazkova@ceskatelevize.cz
SCREENINGS:
TUE 19-APR 09:00 PM
SUN 24-APR 12:45 PM

APPLAUSE
DIRECTOR: MARTIN ZANDVLIET • DENMARK • 2009 • 85 MIN • DANISH
Wildly fluctuating from charismatic charmer to manipulative egoist to self-loather, Danish film star
Paprika Steen dominates this film in a role that won her awards at Karlovy Vary International Film
Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival, and the Nashville Film Festival.
Steen plays Thea, a successful stage actress, recovering alcoholic, and divorced mother trying to
regain custody of her children. In this film reminiscent of Agnès Varda’s Cleo from 5 to 7 and John
Cassavetes’ Opening Night, Thea is woman continually playing to her audience, struggling to contain
the turmoil underneath the heavy stage makeup. Beautiful camera work incorporating penetrating
close-ups along with Steen’s mesmerizing, nuanced performance combine to make director Martin
Zanvleit’s film an exquisite and unique drama.
Print Source: World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation, wwmpc@wwmpc.com SCREENINGS:
THU 21-APR 07:15 PM
SUN 24-APR 09:00 PM
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World Cinema
DIRECTOR: ARVIN CHEN • TAIWAN • 2009 • 85 MIN • MANDARIN
One man’s plan to visit his girlfriend in Paris goes horribly awry in this comedic romp through the
streets of Taipei. After saying goodbye to his girlfriend, Kai dedicates himself to learning French at the
local bookstore, so that he might better prepare himself for a future visit. His plans quickly disintegrate,
and it’s not long before Kai’s trip to save his relationship is interrupted by a run-in with some mobsters.
From first-time feature director Arvin Chen, Au Revoir Taipei has played to huge audiences across
Taiwan. See the bustling metropolis of Taipei come to life in this clever caper. Produced by German
director Wim Wenders, who “discovered” Chen through a prize-winning short.
Winner of the NETPAC Prize for Best Asian film at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Print Source: Beta Cinema, Delphine Eon, delphine.eon@betafilm.com

SCREENINGS:
SUN 24-APR 04:45 PM
TUES 3-MAY 05:15 PM
PRESENTED BY: WILDE ROAST CAFÉ
& WALSER AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
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BELVEDERE DIR: AHMED IMAMOVIC • BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA • 2010 • 90 MIN • BOSNIAN


Ruveyda is like most residents of the Belvedere refugee camp: a widow yearning to forget the tragedy
of war, fifteen years after the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia and Herzegovina. But unlike those around her,
she spends most of her days in a bittersweet routine of caring for her extended family, and searching
for the remains of her husband and son—both of which offer a precarious hope that is one day tested
when her nephew is selected to participate in a reality show in a former enemy enclave. An emotionally
rich portrait of war’s troubled aftermath, director Ahmed Imamovic’s film paints an uncommon image of
patience, faith, love, and above all, forgiveness.
Ahmed Imamovic; was born in Sarajevo in 1971. He majored in Directing at Sarajevo’s Academy of
Performing Arts, and has worked as cameraman, assistant director and screenwriter for documentaries
and commercials. His first feature film, Go West, won the Audience Award for Best Film at the 2006
Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York. Belvedere is his second feature film.
SCREENINGS: Print Source: Global Film Initiative, Jeremy Quist, jeremy@globalfilm.org
SAT 16-APR 01:30 PM
MON 18-APR 07:30 PM

BIBLIOTHEQUE PASCAL
DIRECTOR: SZABOLCS HAJDU • HUNGARY / GERMANY / UK / ROMANIA • 2010 • 105 MIN • HUNGARIAN,
ROMANIAN, ENGLISH
Bibliotheque Pascal is not a library – it’s a licentious brothel located in Liverpool, where the patrons
can project and enter each other’s dreams and, dressed as literary characters, can enact their bookish
sexual fantasies. Having left her daughter with her fortune-telling aunt, young and beautiful Mona is
tricked into embarking on a trek from Transylvania to Germany for life-saving surgery. Instead, she
finds herself on a harrowing journey into the shadowy world of sexual slavery.
Returning from this twisted phantasmic land, she finds that the girl has been taken away by the
authorities and the only way to get her back is to recount in detail her disgraceful experience.
Mixing Terry Gilliam-esque special effects with a pulsing soundtrack and striking tracking shots,
SCREENINGS: upcoming Magyar director Szabolcs Hajdu’s risk-taking fantasia was Hungary’s entry for the 83rd
SAT 23-APR 07:00 PM Academy Awards.
MON 2-MAY 08:30 PM Print Source: Magyar Filmunió, Katalin Vajda, kati.vajda@filmunio.hu

CAIRO 6,7,8 DIRECTOR: MOHAMED DIAB • EGYPT • 2010 • 100 MIN • ARABIC
With all eyes on Egypt in the months following its recent democratic revolution, one of Egypt’s most
prominent screenwriters, Mohamed Diab, presents a darker side of Egypt rarely seen by the outside
world in his fifth and latest written feature, and directorial debut, completed just before the sweeping
January protests.
A story of three women from different backgrounds bound together by a heartbreaking common thread,
Diab’s courageous feature depicts their united battle against sexual harassment in a culture where
women’s bodies are viewed as public property. A nation-wide commotion is created when one of the
women resorts to violence.
Diab, a supporter of the uprising in Cairo, elected to let his film travel the world without him while he
stands in solidarity with the protesters.
2011 New Directors/New Films, NY Lincoln Center entry.
SCREENINGS:
Print Source: New Century Production, Ayaat Morgan, ayaatmorgan@gmail.com
SUN 24-APR 04:30 PM
FRI 29-APR 02:45 PM
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THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN
DIRECTOR: CARLOS CESAR ARBELAEZ • PANAMA / COLOMBIA • 2010 • 90 MIN • SPANISH
A promising debut from first time Columbian writer/director Carlos César Arbeláez, The Colors of the
Mountain is a touching, sometimes humorous, and ultimately powerful story about the effect of conflict
on the lives of ordinary people.
Manuel lives with his hard-working farmer parents in a mountainous region of the Colombian
countryside heavily populated by violent guerrilla warriors. Avid soccer players, Manuel and his group
of friends dream of playing professionally. For his ninth birthday, Manuel receives a prized soccer ball
from his father, but an unfortunate incident leaves their new ball in a minefield. Manuel must enlist the
help of his friends to retrieve the ball, despite the very real, and very near danger.
Featuring an emotional performance by child actor Hernán Mauricio Ocampo against the breathtaking
mountains of rural Columbia, Arbeláez largely keeps the brutalities of war in the background. Winner
SCREENINGS:
of the New Director’s Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, The Colors of the Mountain solidifies
César Arbeláez as one to watch for future projects. SAT 23-APR 02:45 PM
Print Source: Film Movement, Rebeca Conget, rebeca@filmmovement.com TUES 3-MAY 04:45 PM

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CRACKS DIRECTOR: JORDAN SCOTT • UK / IRELAND / SPAIN • 2009 • 104 MIN • ENGLISH
Jordan Scott, daughter of renowned director Sir Ridley Scott, makes her dazzling feature film debut
with an erotically charged period drama based on a novel by Sheila Kohler.
Under the guidance and liberating force of their bohemian teacher, Miss G (Eva Green), the lives of six
boarding school girlfriends devolves into tribalistic hedonism when a new student upsets the balance
of their class. Part Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and part Lord of the Flies, Scott’s spectacularly filmed
first feature includes breathtaking cinematography and breakout performances from a talented young
ensemble, who move from sultry to sinister in the blink of an eye.
Print Source: IFC Films, Jonathan Hertzberg, jonhertzberg@gmail.com

SCREENINGS:
FRI 15-APR 09:45 PM
SUN 17-APR 04:00 PM
PRESENTED BY: CINEQUIPT

CURLING DIRECTOR: DENIS CÔTÉ • CANADA • 2010 • 96 MIN • ENGLISH


Director Denis Côté Present
Expertly crafted, evocative images pull us into rural Quebec’s beguiling winter stillness. Curling
tells the story of one father’s (Jean-François Sauvageau) attempts to keep his daughter in complete
isolation, hoping to spare her the scars he knows too well.
While the outside world looms large for these characters, what lies within the frame is of utmost
importance in director Denis Côté’s austere thriller. Minimalism and surrealism blend masterfully,
creating a haunting quiet that lingers long after the credits roll.
Winner, Best Director, Best Actor, Locarno Film Festival; Best Canadian Film, Vancouver International
Film Festival; ‘Canada’s Top Ten’ at Toronto International Film Festival.
Print Source: Doc & Film International, Hwa-Seon CHOI, hs.choi@docandfilm.com
SCREENINGS:
FRI 15-APR 09:30 PM
SAT 16-APR 08:00 PM
PRESENTED BY: QUEBEC GOVERNMENT
OFFICE IN CHICAGO

DOOMAN RIVER DIRECTOR: ZHANG LU • CHINA • 2009 • 89 MIN • KOREAN, MANDARIN


Writer-director Zhang Lu’s fascinating window into a rarely seen corner of rural China revolves around
12-year-old Chang-ho, living with his grandfather and mute sister along the frozen river-border
with North Korea. Although fraught with unemployment and other tensions, his community seems
sympathetic toward the Korean refugees fleeing famine and misery; Chang-ho even bonds over soccer
with one young border-crosser who comes scavenging food for a sibling. But he soon turns on his
new friend as suspicions mount against the illegal immigrants and his sister reels from unexpected
aggression, provoking a quandary over his loyalties in an exquisitely detailed story of compassion and
strife across an uneasy geopolitical border.
Zhang Lu was born in Jilin-Sheng, China in 1962. He studied Chinese literature at Yenben University
and began writing poetry and novels in 1986. He made his feature debut with Tang Poetry in 2004, and
his second feature film, Grain in Ear, was invited to the 2005 Critics’ Week in Cannes, where it won the
ACID/CCAS Support Award. Dooman River is his fifth feature film. SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Global Film Initiative, Jeremy Quist, jeremy@globalfilm.org WED 20-APR 07:30 PM
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DOSSIER K
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DIRECTOR: JAN VERHEYEN • BELGIUM • 2009 • 116 MIN • DUTCH, ALBANIAN
The seedy underbelly of Antwerp’s criminal world is exposed in this Flemish thriller from Jan Verheyen.
This stylish film is a start to finish joyride that follows Nazim Tahiri in his quest to avenge his father’s
death at the hands of the Albanian mafia. All the while the Belgian police are searching for a way to
bring the syndicate to justice.
Dossier K is the sequel to the award-winning The Alzheimer Case, both of which were adapted from
Jef Geeraerts’ series of crime novels. The film continues where it’s predecessor leaves off, taking on
loyalty, corruption, and archaic Albanian vengeance practices.
Print Source: The Works Film Group, Brian Shingles, brian.shingles@theworksmediagroup.com

SCREENINGS:
MON 18-APR 06:45 PM
FRI 29-APR 09:30 PM
PRESENTED BY: NICK AND EDDIE

DUMAS
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DIRECTOR: SAFY NEBBOU • FRANCE • 2010 • 105 MIN • FRENCH


Alexandre Dumas’ legendary, prolific, but eventually tumultuous relationship with his ghostwriter August
Maquet is beautifully examined in a film that puts Oscar-nominated actor Gerard Depardieu back full-
blown in his bountiful persona as the celebrated French author.
Between 1843 and 1846 Dumas published what were to become his most successful novels: The
Three Musketeers, The Counte of Monte Cristo, and Queen Margot. This output, in both quality and
volume, would have been impossible without his right-hand man, the expert researcher and inventive
scribe, August Maquet (strong support from Belgian star Benoit Poelvoorde). When Maquet seeks out
the attention of a woman under the guise of Dumas himself, the duo’s previously peaceful relationship
begins to collapse.
Director Saffy Nebou (known also for his award-winning The Giraffe’s Neck) masterfully recreates the
SCREENINGS: tension between the two writers as Manquet emerges from the limelight to strive for the same goal, and
ultimately, the same woman as his literary comrade. Featuring standout performances all around.
TUE 19-APR 06:45 PM
Introducing the film is U of M professor John Wright, Afro-American studies and Dumas expert with a
SAT 23-APR 06:30 PM recently finished biography on the author.
WED 27-APR 04:30 PM Print Sources: TF1 International, Claire Thibault, office@thefestivalagency.com
PRESENTED BY: ALLIANCE FRANCAIS

FILM SOCIALISME DIR: JEAN-LUC GODARD • SWISS • 2010 • 101 MIN • FRENCH
At age 80, French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard still commands attention from the worldwide league
of cineastes, to become, perhaps, even a household name with his ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Oscar in 2010.
His latest foray, Film Socialisme, is a sometimes screaming collage of daring, dense and demanding
references to the tragedies of late 20th century politics, economics and film history. Structured as a
‘symphony in three parts,’ he looks for meaning as a concerned European behind longtime existential
angst for our rootless times. Å disco-gambling cruise ship on the Mediterranean sets the overall stage,
then moving to a family gas station with a pet llama, the film becomes a dizzying montage (revisiting
the famous Odessa Steps sequence of Eisenstein), along with some Hollywood-bashing. Using a
variety of digital imagery including pristine HD footage and pixilated cell phone recordings, multi-layered
soundtracks, and trademark use of fragmented subtitles, he returns again to the cruise ship.
Conservative critics who desire straight, traditional narratives were upset at its Cannes (Un Certain
SCREENINGS: Regard) screening last year, while the broad majority of viewers accepted its experimental status. No
FRI 29-APR 09:15 PM doubt, as the irascible onetime French New Waver (Breathless, and his other 1960’s films that changed
way films are made) is still in the running in the ‘most influential’ directors derby, this first film of his in
seven years will be hard to avoid.
Print Source: Kino Lorber, Gary Palmucci, gpalmucci@kino.com

THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING


DIRECTOR: PAOLO VIRZI • ITALY 2010 • 122 MIN • ITALIAN
Winner of Best Film at the Salerno International Film Festival, and Winner of Best Actress, Actor, and
Screenplay at the Donatello Awards (Italian Oscars).
Internationally acclaimed, award-winning Italian writer/director Paolo Virzì, adds another hit to his
impressive filmography that brims with sly humor and off-kilter shooting style perfectly mimicking the
segmented nature of the characters’ relationships. Strong performances make this delightful and
breezy film a festival favorite.
A story spanning four decades, The First Beautiful Thing finds imprudent Bruno attempting reconcili-
ation with his mother, the reckless and stunningly beautiful Anna, who’s recently stricken with cancer.
This crowd-pleasing family drama surprises with its subtle comedic touch and conscious avoidance of
SCREENINGS: the sentimental trappings that can become all too commonplace in this much-revisited genre.
SAT 16-APR 09:30 PM Print Source: Palisades-Tartan, Debbi Berlin, DBerlin@palisadestartan.com
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GIGOLA DIRECTOR: LAURE CHARPENTIER • FRANCE • 2010 • 102 MIN • FRENCH
“The stylish and sexy Parisian lesbian underworld of the 1960s is brought vividly to life in this star
studded thriller.”
It’s 1963 and Paris is sizzling with sex. The stylishly butch Gigola (fashionista du jour, Lou Doillon)
spends her days roaming chic Parisian cafés, taking on the male criminal underclass at its own game,
enticing pretty femmes away from their pimps, breaking hearts and making a few enemies along the
way. Her evenings are spent in famous lesbian cabaret bar Chez Moune, picking up rich older women
who keep her in the decadent style she has become accustomed to. It’s not the life her parents wished
for her, but it’s a life she enjoys, or so it seems, until an accidental overdose throws her in the path of
a beautiful psychiatrist who reminds Gigola of her first and only love, long dead now, and she begins to
question everything around her. Charpentier’s film evokes an era when femmes were femmes, butches
paid for everything and sex was a way of life. -Courtesy Emma Smart, BFI London Lesbian and Gay
Film Festival SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Wide Management, Amélie Garin-Davet, agd@widemanagement.com SUN 17-APR 06:45 PM
SAT 30-APR 09:00 PM

HABERMANN

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DIRECTOR: JURAJ HERZ • GERMANY / CZECH REPUBLIC / AUSTRIA • 2010 • 104 MIN • GERMAN
From “old pro” Czech director Juraj Herz comes this powerful and moving WWII story from the oft-
forgotten Czech/German border region of Sudetenland.
German mill owner August Habermann tries his best to remain silent when his hometown becomes
occupied by Nazi Germany, but an intrusive SS officer soon questions his loyalties to the Fatherland.
Things fall apart quickly for the apolitical Habermann when it’s discovered that his wife is half Jewish
and dozens of his Czech employees are mounting a resistance against the occupation.
Less concerned with heroes and villains than the human side, Herz’s frank depiction of violence both
enacted by and inflicted upon Germans during this tumultuous period is sure to rankle a few feathers, if
not provoke some serious questions about justice. A member of the Sixties
Czech “New Wave” generation (Milos Forman, Ivan Passer, et al), Herz works both in German and SCREENINGS:
Czech/Slovak cinema. He received the 2009 Czech ‘Golden Lion” for his long-continued body of work THU 28-APR 07:00 PM
both in theater and film.
SAT 30-APR 03:15 PM
Print Source: Corinth Films & Corinth Releasing, John Poole Jr., sales@corinthfilms.com

HAPPY, HAPPY DIRECTOR: ANNE SEWITSKY • NORWAY • 2010 • 85 MIN • NORWEGIAN


Awarded the Narrative World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Happy,
Happy, reminiscent of French romantic comedy, shines new light on the intricacies and resilience of
adult relationships.
Deep in the remote, snowy Norwegian woods, Kaja lives in relative solitude with an overly optimistic
smile on her face, even though her husband hasn’t had sex with her in a year and her son isn’t
particularly respectful. When a sophisticated, “perfect” couple moves in next door, Kaja is overjoyed
and welcomes the companionship. But it doesn’t take long before a series of misdeeds snowball into
an avalanche that could rend asunder both families.
Exceptionally well acted, with quirky acappella interludes of traditional American spirituals and hymns,
award-winning director Anne Sewitsky’s debut feature Happy, Happy abounds with joy, sadness, and
the vital spirit of life.
SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Magnolia Pictures, Arianne Ayers, aayers@magpictures.com
SAT 16-APR 03:45 PM
SUN 17-APR 05:00 PM

PRESENTED BY: AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION

HARU’S JOURNEY DIR: MASAHIRO KOBAYASHI • JAPAN • 2010 • 134 MIN • JAPANESE
Familial bonds are put to the test in this ultimately heart-warming road movie about an old man and his
young granddaughter. The film is an exploration of commitment within Japanese culture from award-
winning, 56-year-old director Masahiro Kobayashi’s original story.
When Haru loses her job in a small fishing village, she decides to move to Tokyo, where work
is seemingly more plentiful. As grandfather Tadao refuses to make the move to the big city, the
generational divide tests more than just their patience until Haru finds a family member who will house
her stubborn elder. The tale about their journey, with attendant pathos and humor, offers a crucial look
at contemporary Japan as Tadao looks back on his life and Haru finds a new future. Its theme of family
reconciliation is an homage to Yashujiro Ozu’s classic Tokyo Story.
Print Source: T-JOY CO., LTD., Sakura Wakita, skr_wakita@toei.co.jp

SCREENINGS:
TUES 19-APR 08:30 PM
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THE HEDGEHOG
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DIRECTOR: MONA ACHACHE • FRANCE • 2010 • 98 MIN • FRENCH
Winner of Best Film at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival and recipient of numerous other
awards, The Hedgehog is a darkly humorous and affecting film about the struggle to find your place in
the world.
“I know one thing. The fishbowl isn’t for me,” says 11 year-old Paloma, the youngest daughter of a
wealthy Parisian family. Fascinated by art and philosophy, but observing the vacuous lives of her parents
and older sister, she decides to take action. She will commit suicide on her 12th birthday. She has just
one thing to accomplish before meeting her end, however, and that is to show those around her just how
absurd life is. Along the way two unexpected comrades emerge. Bonding over a shared ideology, the
three challenge each other to embrace life in this surprisingly uplifting, heartfelt existentialist film.
The Hedgehog is adapted from the best-selling novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog,
by Muriel Barbery.
SCREENINGS:
Print Source: NeoClassics Films Ltd., Michelle Taboada, michelle@neoclassicsfilms.com
THU 28-APR 07:30 PM
SUN 1-MAY 01:45 PM
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MN INTERNATIONAL CENTER

HELLO! HOW ARE YOU?


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DIRECTOR: ALEXANDRU MAFTEI • ROMANIA/SPAIN/ITALY • 2010 • 105 MIN • ROMANIAN


Director Alexandru Maftei creates a new path for Romanian Cinema in Hello, How Are You?; one that
embraces mass appeal through humor and a deep attention to storytelling.
With the initial spark nearly gone, married couple Gabriel and Gabriela reawaken their passion through
virtual love. Their romantic second life will either salvage what’s left of their marriage or be the final
nail in the coffin. With blunt but humorous commentary from their equally depraved teenage son, this
entertaining spin on modern married life remains as light as it is relatable.
Print Source: M-Appeal, Anne Wiedlack, aw@m-appeal.com

SCREENINGS:
SUN 17-APR 09:00 PM
WED 27-APR 06:45 PM

PRESENTED BY: APRES PARTY AND TENT RENTAL

HITLER IN HOLLYWOOD
DIRECTOR: FREDERIC SOJCHER • BELGIUM • 2010 • 85 MIN • ENGLISH, FRENCH, PORTUGUESE
This hilarious mockumentary on the entertainment industry by Belgian writer/director Frédéric Sojcher
takes a stiff-fingered jab at both Hollywood and the U.S. government at the same time probing
European cinema’s forgotten past.
Under scrutiny from a CIA agent, a documentary filmmaker in Paris accidentally uncovers a plot by
Hollywood to suppress the European movie industry. Played by actress Maria de Medeiros, best
known for her role in Pulp Fiction, working on a doc about legendary French actress Micheline Presle
(Devil in the Flesh), the shaggy dog story hinges on a 1939 Presle movie that never made it to the
screen because of the war, or was it Hollywood? Sophisticated visuals, elegant color, cameos by Wim
Wenders, Volker Schlondorff, Emir Kusturica (art house regulars) enhance a mystification game to find
SCREENINGS: Presle’s old director. Industry insiders and cinema fans alike will thoroughly enjoy the free-wheeling
lampooning and characterization of the movie biz. (from 2010 Karlovy Vary Film Festival raves)
SAT 16-APR 03:30 PM
Print Source: Wide Management, Amélie Garin-Davet, agd@widemanagement.com
THU 21-APR 04:45 PM

HOME BY CHRISTMAS
DIRECTOR: GAYLENE PRESTON • NEW ZEALAND • 2010 • 95 MIN • ENGLISH
The return home from rugby practice doesn’t usually include the imprudent decision to join a war, but
that’s what World War II New Zealand Army volunteer Ed Preston did in this poetic film memoir of
honor and passion reimagined by his filmmaking daughter. Based on conversations with her late father,
prestigious filmmaker Gaylene Preston (War Stories Our Mother Never Told Us) tells the story of a
World War II soldier and his return’not to worry, he’ll be home by Christmas. Four-years later, now a
battle-worn Italian prison camp escapee, he learns that his pregnant new wife has fallen for someone
else.
To present life after war in authentic terms, Preston cleverly borrows documentary and archival
techniques for this fictitious portrayal of a soldier struggling to become a father and husband. While a
SCREENINGS: loving tribute to one father, this remarkable story of resilience and determination is universal. (Preston’s
work has been a fest staple over the MSPIFF years).
SAT 23-APR 12:45 PM
Print Source: New Zealand Film Commission, Beth Brash, beth@nzfilm.co.nz
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IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE

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DIRECTOR: FLORIN SERBAN • ROMANIA / SWEDEN • 2010 • 94 MIN • ROMANIAN
Winner of the Jury Grand Prix at the 2010 Berlinale Film Festival.
The Romanian New Wave continues to show its strength in this first feature from director Florin Serban.
Silviu has spent the last four years in a juvenile penitentiary, and mere weeks before his release he
learns his estranged mother is departing for Italy with his brother.
With an opening act well grounded in realism, the film moves toward a sense of powerful anxiety that
bubbles over into scenes of glorified action, an uncommon feature in recent Eastern European cinema.
For years, Romania has demanded the attention of film fanatics worldwide, and this film is a clear
example of why.
Print Source: Film Movement, Rebeca Conget, rebeca@filmmovement.com
SCREENINGS:
MON 25-APR 09:30 PM
SAT 30-APR 05:30 PM

THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE!

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DIRECTOR: ZEINA DURRA • USA • 2010 • 90 MIN • SPANISH, FRENCH, ARABIC, KOREAN, ENGLISH
Multiple-Best Actress award winner and French film powerhouse Élodie Bouchez takes on a demanding
role in Zenia Durra’s atmospheric and intelligent debut feature.
An official selection at Sundance Film Festival and Warsaw Film Festival, Durra’s debut looks at post-
9/11 Manhattan as seen through the eyes of young Muslim artist Asya (Bouchez). After the mysterious
disappearance of a close friend, the French Manhattanite must battle an ever-present paranoia while
struggling to juggle her barhopping lifestyle with a deeply rooted socialist philosophy.
Shot on Super 16, the film’s gritty visuals add to the confusion and alienation experienced Asya and her
closest friends. The Imperialists Are Still Alive! presents an entirely original vision from Durra, a bold
new filmmaking presence.
Print Source: IFC Films, Jonathan Hertzberg, jonhertzberg@gmail.com SCREENINGS:
SAT 30-APR 09:45 PM
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IN ANOTHER LIFETIME
DIRECTOR: ELISABETH SCHARANG • AUSTRIA / HUNGARY / GERMANY • 2010 • 90 MIN • GERMAN
Austrian documentarian Elisabeth Scharang makes the difficult transition to fiction filmmaking look easy
as she tackles the already challenging subject of the closing days of World War II.
Twenty Hungarian Jews are stranded in an Austrian village when the Nazi command is thrown into
disarray in the final days of World War II. Hoping to win over the locals and ensure their safety, the
group decides to stage an operetta for the local residents who are in desperate need of a lift from
their despondency. With surprising comedic elements, the ensemble provides generous and darkly
humorous performances in an otherwise ominous scenario.
Scharang’s debut fictional feature pulls no punches in this story of compassion and strength in one of
humanity’s darkest hours.
Print Source: Austrian Film Commission, Anne Laurent, festivals@afc.at SCREENINGS:
SUN 17-APR 12:30 PM
TUE 3-MAY 07:30 PM

THE INVISIBLE EYE DIR: DIEGO LERMAN • ARGENTINA • 2010 • 96 MIN • SPANISH
Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s military regime of the 1980s, Diego Lerman’s engrossing and
beautifully acted exploration of the totalitarian urge opens with a portrait of María Teresa, a lonely and
deeply repressed assistant teacher at an elite Buenos Aires private school. Obedient and willing, she
accepts unquestioningly the school’s rigid code of conduct and proud identification with the nation
state. But her head professor’s words about the ‘cancer of subversion’ and need for total surveillance
soon feed an unhealthy obsession with one of her students, leading to an ensuing spiral of degradation
and breakdown in discipline that parallels a popular rebellion beyond the school’s ivy-covered walls.
Diego Lerman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in1976. He graduated from the University of
Buenos Aires, where he studied cinema and theater. In 2002, he directed his first feature film,
Suddenly, which was awarded the Silver Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival. In 2008,
he co-founded the production company Campo Cine with Nicolas Avruj. The Invisible Eye is his third
feature film. SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Global Film Initiative, Jeremy Quist, jeremy@globalfilm.org MON 18-APR 09:15 PM
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JUST BETWEEN US
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DIR: RAJKO GRLIC • CROATIA • 2010 • 87 MIN • CROATIAN
Director Rajko Grlic Present
Award-winning filmmaker Rajko Grlic’s latest film within his impressive body of work, Just Between Us,
is a playful but indiscreet story about the irreverent libido that hides beneath everyday bourgeois life
and manners, seen frankly amid a group of long-standing Balkan friends. Double lives, philandering
relationships, and the bittersweet stories of relentless quests for love and passion are told from the
perspectives of two brothers, their wives, and their children. Starring veteran Serbian actor Miki
Manojlovic among a quartet of high comic players, and set in Zagreb, the film chronicles the highly
personal, often painful, ever confidential things that happen behind the curtains of well-established
families. Grlic, 64, a member of the highly regarded Prague Film School, 1970’s generation, has been
long-time film professor at Ohio University.
Winner of Best Director at the 2010 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Wide Management, Amélie Garin-Davet, agd@widemanagement.com
MON 2-MAY 09:00 PM
WED 4-MAY 07:00 PM
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& U OF M EUROPEAN STUDIES CONSORTIUM
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KAWASAKI’S ROSE
DIRECTOR: JAN HREBEJK • CZECH REPUBLIC • 2009 • 100 MIN • CZECH
The lines between loyalty and treachery are blurred in this story of family and politics from Academy
Award nominee and veteran director Jan Hrebejk (Divided We Fall).
Czech psychiatrist Pavel Josek is scheduled to receive the prestigious “Memory of the Nation” award
for his work as a former dissident, but revelations about his past jeopardize everything he’s worked
toward. This information forces both the characters, and the audience, into a past everyone would
much rather forget.
With a documentary crew following Josek’s every move, Hrebejk deftly maneuvers through the
narrative, keeping the well-traversed communist spy story genre engaging and new. Kawasaki’s
Rose handles the still-painful wounds of World War II with poignancy and honesty, and may provide the
SCREENINGS: start to a lengthy healing process.
MON 25-APR 07:15 PM Print Source: Menemsha Films, Neil A. Friedman, neilf@menemshafilms.com
TUE 3-MAY 09:15 PM

LA PETITE CHAMBRE
DIRS: STÉPHANIE CHUAT & VÉRONIQUE REYMOND • SWISS / LUXEMBOURG • 2010 • 87 MIN • FRENCH
Switzerland’s submission for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this is a moving story
about the heart. Edmond’s has gotten a little weaker recently. It still beats out a fiercely independent
rhythm, however, and this causes him to reject the idea of moving to a nursing home. So Rose is sent
to him as a home carer, but he rejects her ministrations, too. Rose knows what it is like for a heart
to lose its vigor, as her own heart has still not recovered. She knows the acute pain of accepting the
inevitable. When Edmond takes a bad fall one day, he is forced to accept Rose’s help and the two
cannot stay disconnected for long.
The great French actor Michel Bouquet, star of many films of the late Claude Chabrol and Luis Bunuel,
gives an impassioned performance as Edmond. Beautifully shot with sweeping views of the Swiss Alps,
SCREENINGS: this is a poignant feature debut from director/writer duo Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond.

FRI 22-APR 03:15 PM Print Source: Vega Film, info@vegafilm.com

SUN 24-APR 07:00 PM


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LABORATORY DIRECTOR: RAJA SEN • INDIA • 2010 • 122 MIN • HINDI


Veteran Indian director Raja Sen brings this short story by the celebrated Bengali poet Rabindranath
Tagore to the silver screen.
Telling the story of the widowed Sohini, in search of someone to continue the work of her late
scientist husband, this narrative feature presents issues of generational strife and identity with striking
clarity. After finally finding a worthy heir for her husband’s laboratory, she begins to have her doubts,
wondering whether this man might be better suited as her daughter’s husband.
Print Source: Databazaar Media, Oney Seal, oney@databazaar.com

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LE QUATTRO VOLTE
DIRECTOR: MICHELANGELO FRAMMARTINO • ITALY • 2010 • 88 MIN • ITALIAN
In a hushed medieval village on a hilltop in southern Italy, an elderly shepherd tends his flock. He is
sick and his days are numbered, but a daily glass of water mixed with the church floor’s dust is his
medicine. As day-to-day living pushes ever forward, the cosmic interconnectedness of all things is
slowly revealed in this shifting portrait of an isolated Calabrian village, populated by bleating goats who
run loose through the houses and fields.
Director Michelangelo Frammartino presents a spirited view of rural existence and a lyrical meditation
on the cycle of life, death, and the transmigration of souls in this quasi-documentary almost entirely
devoid of dialogue. Sweeping views of the Italian countryside and intimate moments of gentle humor
balance the weighty philosophical issues this film tackles head on, making it a well-deserved winner of
the Europa Cinemas Label at the 2010 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.
SCREENINGS:
“What is perhaps most remarkable about Le Quattro Volte is that it is at once completely accessible
SAT 23-APR 05:00 PM
and endlessly mysterious…You have never seen anything like this movie, even though what it shows
you has been there all along.” A. O. Scott, New York Times MON 25-APR 05:00 PM
Print Source: Kino Lorber, Gary Palmucci, gpalmucci@kino.com PRESENTED BY: PUNCH PIZZA

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THE LIGHT THIEF DIR: AKTAN ARYM KUBAT • KYRGYZSTAN • 2010 • 80 MIN • KYRGYZ
Kyrgyzstan’s official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards.
In this colorful modern-day parable of good and evil, a humble village electrician devotes his
compassion and ingenuity to destitute neighbors in a wind-swept valley of Kyrgyzstan. Played with wry
humanity by writer-director Aktan Arym Kubat, the trusting Mr. Light strikes a suspect bargain with a rich
developer running for local office, as unemployment threatens the survival of the community. Stoking a
dream to supply wind-generated electricity to the whole valley, the modest visionary comes up against
an increasingly dark cloud of corruption in this affecting tale of solidarity and ordinary decency amid the
injustices and hardships of a changing world.
Director Aktan Arym Kubat was born in 1957 in Kyrgyzstan. He graduated from the Art Academy in
Bishkek and started working as a production designer in the 1980s. His second feature film, The Swing,
won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1993, which was followed by The
Adopted Son, which won the Silver Leopard at the same festival in 1998. In 2001, he was nominated SCREENINGS:
for the European Film Academy (EFA) Discovery Award. The Light Thief is his fifth feature film. SAT 16-APR 07:30 PM
Print Source: Global Film Initiative, Jeremy Quist, jeremy@globalfilm.org WED 20-APR 09:00 PM
PRESENTED BY: U OF M INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL STUDIES

LITTLE ROSE DIRECTOR: JAN KIDAWA-BLONSKI • POLAND • 2010 • 118 MIN • POLISH
Veteran director Jan Kidawa-Blonski brings a riveting historical drama to the screen, revealing the ways
in which groups of writers and artists were infiltrated and informed on by government agents in 1960’s
Poland, and ultimately examining the price one is willing to pay for love.
Winner of multiple awards including Best Film and Best Actress at the Polish Film Festival, this is a
breakout feature for lead Magdalena Boczarska, who plays Kamila, the sexy but naive girlfriend of
security-services colonel, Rozek, her domineering lover.
In an effort to please her lover, and reporting under the code name ‘Little Rose,’ Kamila takes on the
assignment of informing on suspected Zionist, Professor Warczewski. As the government’s campaign of
anti-Semitism rages, her feelings of resentment increase as does her political consciousness.
Print Source: WFDiF, Jolanta Galicka, festiwale@wfdif.com.pl
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FRI 29-APR 06:30 PM

MAD BASTARDS DIR: BRENDAN FLETCHER • AUSTRALIA • 2010 • 94 MIN • ENGLISH


Director Brendan Fletcher borrows from aboriginal storytelling traditions and uses regional amateur
actors, some of whom actually lived the story, to strengthen the film’s power and legitimacy. An
incredible raw-energy score, emotionally powerful acting, and the breathtaking Australian landscape
make this family tale both endearing and unforgettable.
The barren outback provides the perfect backdrop in this compelling story of three generations coping
with a crisis of identity and change.
Print Source: IFC Films, Jonathan Hertzberg, jonhertzberg@gmail.com

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MADLY IN LOVE
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DIRECTOR: HILDE VAN MIEGHEM • BELGIUM • 2010 • 90 MIN • DUTCH
A smart and lighthearted feature in the vein of Love Actually that blends everyday scenes with Amélie-
esque theatrics, this quirky romantic comedy is a roller coaster ride of first crushes, lustful desire,
infidelity, baby fever, and enduring love. Set in Antwerp, the film centers on the four women of the
Miller family who attract men like bees to honey. But once these men are in, there may be no way out.
Musings of the film’s chief narrator, Eva, provide a window into the minds of the women. With insightful
reflections on passion and commitment, independence and family, this sprightly film offers picturesque
settings, scintillating love scenes, and a particularly sympathetic male cast. This film is a love-letter to
Antwerp, and to love itself.
Award winning Belgian actress-turned writer/director Hilde Van Mieghem’s hotly anticipated third feature
artfully mixes the mundane with the theatrical.
SCREENINGS: Print Source: Caviar Films, Nicolette Kolb, nicolette.kolb@caviarcontent.com
TUE 19-APR 07:00 PM
FRI 22-APR 02:45 PM

MAMMA GÓGÓ
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DIRECTOR: FRIDRIK THOR FRIDRIKSSON • ICELAND • 2010 • 90 MIN • ICELANDIC


Acclaimed Icelandic filmmaker Fredrik Thor Fredrikson (Angels of the Universe) returns with a clever,
affecting semi-autobiographical tale of a film director’s relationship with his aging mother. Suffused with
allusions to other films, Mamma Gógó makes sharp observations about the film industry as well as
contemporary Icelandic society.
The eponymous Mamma Gógó’s son has just debuted his first feature. Taking a hit to his ego when the
film is a flop at the box office, he desperately tries to generate some enthusiasm for the movie in order to
revive his career. Distracted by these efforts, he ignores his mother’s increasingly erratic behavior and his
finances begin to spiral out of control. Meanwhile, Mamma is visited regularly by her dead husband who
complains about the way she’s being treated, and spurs her on to even more unusual behavior. Her son,
and two daughters now face a difficult road ahead, and a world that is suddenly, and disturbingly off kilter.
SCREENINGS: Sometimes we are blind to that which is happening right before our eyes. We chase after mirages. We
SAT 23-APR 01:45 PM converse with phantoms. We delude ourselves. Friðriksson explores this thorny territory with tenderness
FRI 29-APR 03:00 PM and humor, and creates a compassionate tribute to those who gave us life, and those who have gone
before us.
PRESENTED BY:
AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION Print Source: Icelandic Film Centre, Christof Wehmeier, christof@icelandicfilmcentre.is

THE MAN WHO WILL COME


DIRECTOR: GIORGIO DIRITTI • ITALY • 2009 • 115 MIN • ITALIAN
Following his impressive debut with The Wind Blows Round, Giorgio Diritti returns with a dense
historical drama that earned him the Silver Grand Jury prize at the International Rome Film Festival
and the Audience Award at the Brussels European Film Festival.
It is winter in 1943, in Monte Sole, a remote community outside of Bologna. Though relatively
unchanged for centuries, the realities of war will not spare this village for long, but as the war threatens
to close in on Monte Sole, eight year-old Martina has other things on her mind.
Martina has been mute since the death of her infant brother years ago. With her mother pregnant
again, she anxiously awaits the arrival of her sibling as if it were her own rebirth. Finally, on the night
of September 28, 1944, the baby is born. Almost simultaneously the German SS troops unleash an
SCREENINGS: unprecedented retaliation against the partisans and all who live within the area.

SUN 24-APR 06:45 PM With his second feature, Diritti has crafted a film of rich beauty and conviction amidst cruelty, further
solidifying his reputation as a noteworthy filmmaker in contemporary Italian cinema.
WED 27-APR 09:00 PM
Print Source: Palisades-Tartan, Debbi Berlin, DBerlin@palisadestartan.com
PRESENTED BY: PUNCH PIZZA

MARIMBAS FROM HELL


DIRECTOR: JULIO HERNANDEZ CORDON • GUATEMALA/MEXICO/FRANCE • 2010 • 72 MIN • SPANISH
From Award-winning Julio Hernandez Cordon, known for Gasolina (2008), comes a wacky story of
musical escapades in the slums of Guatemala.
A man on the run from a group of thugs has sent his family away and gone into hiding with his only
possession: his prized marimba. After losing his job playing music at a restaurant, he reconnects with
his godson, a street-wise tough guy, to search for a new band. An unlikely combination, the duo joins
forces with the town doctor, a former Satanist-turned-Orthodox-Jew-turned-born-again-Christian-black-
metalhead. Hilarity ensues.
Written and directed by Cordon, this film plays with the notions of genre by innovatively mixing the
styles of narrative and documentary cinema. Marimbas From Hell is an expression of the old meeting
SCREENINGS: the new, of worlds colliding, and of three men’s struggle to remain afloat in a world where they just
MON 25-APR 05:30 PM don’t seem to fit in anymore.
WED 4-MAY 08:30 PM Print Source: FiGa Films, Alex Garcia, info@figafilms.com

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MEN IN RUT DIRECTOR: ROBERT SEDLACEK • CZECH REPUBLIC • 2009 • 109 MIN • CZECH
The mayor of a tiny Czech village hatches a plan to quite literally put his town on the map. With the
aid of local businessman, Janta, Mayor Hanacek hopes that staging the 35th Annual International Deer
Calling Championships will attract the attention of the prime minister and bring a much-needed highway
to his isolated city. All he has to do is settle a dispute with the current stag-calling champion, Franta,
and keep the local parliament member continually, and excessively, drunk. This madcap feature from
Czech director Robert Sedlácek is sure to leave moviegoers chuckling long after they leave their seats,
as he brings back the droll and sly humor of Milos Forman’s ‘60’s classics such as The Firemen’s Ball.
Print Source: Czech Television Telexport, Jitka Procházková, Jitka.Prochazkova@ceskatelevize.cz

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WED 20-APR 04:30 PM
SUN 1-MAY 08:45 PM

MERRY-GO-ROUND

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DIRECTORS: CLEMENT SZE-KIT CHENG, YAN YAN MAK • HONG KONG • 2010 • 126 MIN • CANTONESE
One of the finest independent Hong Kong films in recent years, this visually stunning ensemble drama
brings the vibrant beauty of past and present Hong Kong to life.
Alternating between the late 1930’s and today, Merry-Go-Round tells the story of four individuals across
two generations and two continents. It is about immigration and emigration. Eva (played by ‘70’s kung
fu star Nora Miao) is a traditional Chinese herbalist in San Francisco, and Nam is a restless young soul
looking for herself. Making a trip to Hong Kong to take care of unfinished business, both women find
new places to exist.
The film deftly weaves the characters together in a story of criss-crossing lives and ill-fated romances.
Merry-Go-Round solidifies rising star directors Clement Cheng (Gallants) and Yan Yan Mak, as two to
watch for future projects. SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Dragonfly J Limited, Jaqueline Liu, jacquelineliu@yahoo.com SUN 24-APR 08:30 PM
MON 2-MAY 09:15 PM

MODRA US Premiere
DIRECTOR: INGRID VENINGER • SLOVAKIA / CANADA • 2010 • 80 MIN • ENGLISH
Ontario director Ingrid Veninger redefines bravery in filmmaking, casting her restless 17-year-old
daughter as the romantically adventurous but inexperienced Lina in this refreshingly honest story of two
teenagers who barely know each other hooking up on a European travel adventure of self-discovery.
Before she leaves for university, Toronto native Lina plans to visit her extended family in Modra,
Slovakia. Having just been dumped by her boyfriend, she invites Leco as a somewhat reluctant traveling
companion as the pair, having little in common, traverse the tentative territory of teen-age desire in this
story set amid the sunny vineyards of her musical old country relatives. Slovakian-born Veninger, director
of a celebrated indie feature, Only, was named one of Canada’s “10 Directors to Watch” this year as she
makes her shift from maverick producer to solo feature debut. (First-time actor Alexander Gammal as the
vulnerable Leco won “Best Canadian Actor” award at Vancouver Film Fest, 2010.) SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Punk Films, Christopher Oldfield, oldfield@canadafilm.com SUN 17-APR 02:30 PM
MON 25-APR 04:45 PM

MY JOY (SCASTJE MOTO)


DIR: SERGEI LOZNITSA • RUSSIA / GERMANY / UKRAINE / NETHERLANDS • 2010 • 127 MIN • RUSSIAN
The only debut feature in competition for the Palm d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and the long-
awaited narrative debut of prizewinning documentarian Sergei Loznitsa, My Joy is a shockingly surreal
and dark road film, and a searing analysis on the state of the Russian soul.
Trundling through the Russian underworld with cargo in tow, regular guy Georgy unwittingly joins the
cast of unsavory characters in a parade of disturbingly outlandish antics and despicable deeds rife with
reminders of Russia’s nefarious history. Within a web of multiple narrative threads that twist and turn
as they descend into the blackness is the ever-present notion that all may not be as it seems, and that
some things may not be worth the price of redemption.
Renowned cinematographer Oleg Mutu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days) firmly grounds us in this
captivating sur-reality through his steady framing and beautifully bleak palette of blues and blacks, SCREENINGS:
while Loznitsa’s thirteen years of experience as a documentarian provides the film with an authenticity SAT 30-APR 04:30 PM
amongst the madness.
MON 2-MAY 07:00 PM
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THE NAMES OF LOVE
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DIRECTOR: MICHEL LECLERC • FRANCE • 2010 • 100 MIN • FRENCH
A boisterously oddball, fiercely intelligent political romcom, Michel Leclerc’s The Names of Love
features a star turn by comic ingénue Sara Forestier (L’Esquive).
Fearless and full of bawdy humor, Forestier is rabble-rousing sexpot Bahia Benmahmoud, who has a
unique perspective on political strategy. When she meets middle-aged, uptight bird-flu expert, Arthur
Martin (Jacques Gamblin), her heretofore-flawless strategy comes up short.
Much more than just an uproarious farce, The Names of Love is an astute portrait of the political, racial,
social, and colonial history of contemporary France.
Print Source: Music Box Films, Suzanne Fedak, sfedak@musicboxfilms.com

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PRESENTED BY: BARBETTE & RED STAG

NO RETURN
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DIRECTOR: MIGUEL COHAN • ARGENTINA/SPAIN • 2010 • 104 MIN • SPANISH


This debut film from Argentinean director Miguel Cohan makes no excuses for the decisions and
choices it asks of its characters, who find themselves caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Tensions and emotions run high in this tragic tale on the power and consequence of lies. When a car
accident sends teenage Pablo into a coma, best friend Matias lies to the authorities and his parents
about his involvement in the incident. The media hounds him and his family, and Matias descends into
a spiral from which there may be no return.
Featuring a prestigious cast including Leonardo Sbaraglia (The Night Rider), Cohan’s first film was shot
entirely on location in scenic Buenos Aires.
Print Source: Latido Films, Oscar Alonso, oalonso@latidofilms.com

SCREENINGS:
FRI 22-APR 09:30 PM
SAT 30-APR 09:45 PM

PRESENTED BY: CINEQUIPT

OCTOBER DIRECTORS: DANIEL & DIEGO VEGA VIDAL • PERU • 2010 • 83 MIN • SPANISH
Winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard competition.
In this inspirational feature from Peruvian brothers and directing duo Daniel and Diego Vega Vidal,
a lonely moneylender gets a new lease on life. Featuring perfectly framed static camera shots
throughout, this debut feature is an impressive and adept depiction of redemption and compassion, and
a portrait of one man’s last hope.
Print Source: New Yorker Films, Jonathan Howell, jonathan.howell@newyorkerfilms.com

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PLATO’S ACADEMY
DIRECTOR: PHILIPPOS TSITOS • GREECE • 2009 • 102 MIN • GREEK
Award-winning director Filippos Tsitos’ wonderfully quirky new feature, “serious in its sly comedy
and amusing in its tragedy”, challenges the ideologies of four xenophobic sidewalk philosophers
and longtime friends when they learn that one of them is not what he seems. Within the Athenian
neighborhood of Plato’s Academy, one narrow-minded man learns the truth about his Albanian
ancestry, a discovery that threatens to destroy his closest friendships and upend his worldview.
Tsitos’ expertly cast, acutely funny drama navigates a touchy terrain to deliver intelligent performances
in this universal portrait of intolerance. A compelling and endearing must-see feature.
Print Source: Greek Film Center, Iliana Zakopoulou, iliana.zakopoulou@gfc.gr

SCREENINGS:
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SUN 1-MAY 06:30 PM
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THE POLL DIARIES
DIR: CHRIS KLAUS • ESTONIA / GER. / AUSTRIA • 2010 • 129 MIN • GER., RUSSIAN, ESTONIAN, FRENCH
Director Chris Kraus’s follow-up to his award-winning debut film Four Minutes is a stunning historical
drama set on the Baltic coast on the eve of World War I. Recipient of a Special Jury Award at the
Rome Film Festival, this expertly crafted film takes a page from the life of Kraus’s own aunt, chronicling
a little-known chapter of European history.
Oda Schaefer, a 13-year old German girl, returns to her father’s estate shared uneasily by an assortment
of Germans, Russians, and Estonians. Oda’s father is a scientist obsessed with power and morbid
experimentation, and as he exacts control over his subjects, so does he rule the family with a cruel hand.
When Oda discovers a badly wounded Estonian anarchist after straying from a family picnic, she secretly
nurses him back to health. As their illicit friendship deepens, the war begins to close in on the estate.
“Shot in rich, muted tones and sharp shadows, The Poll Diaries is historical drama at its finest. Posing SCREENINGS:
a range of ethical questions, the film offers a compelling commentary on a morally bankrupt brand
SUN 17-APR 08:30 PM
of reasoning that would come to underlie some of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century.”
Courtesy Cameron Bailey, TIFF. WED 20-APR 04:45 PM
Print Source: Bavaria Film International, Gisela Wiltschek, gisela.wiltschek@bavaria-film.de PRESENTED BY: CRASH + SUES

PURE

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DIRECTOR: LISA LANGSETH • SWEDEN • 2010 • 101 MIN • SWEDISH
Rising young Swedish star Alicia Vikander, 23, former ballerina as well as tv soaps actress, delivers a
striking performance in her first movie role as a complex young woman seeking something ‘pure’ in her life.
Stuck in a dreary life headed nowhere in the rough suburbs outside Gothenburg, 20-year-old Katarina
stumbles upon a YouTube clip of Mozart’s Requiem. Instantly moved by the music, she senses a
new world opening up to her and begins an attempt to get as far away from her ugly reality as soon
as possible. Managing to land a job as a receptionist at the Gothenburg Concert Hall, a strict world
closely ruled by rules and traditions, her new identity includes the maestro, a situation full of dangerous
temptations that threaten to destroy all she has worked for.
Based on her 2004 play at Stockholm’s Royal Dramatic Theatre, acclaimed stage director Lisa
Langseth, 36, in her own fine screen debut, crafts a moving story about a girl revolting against her
working class background and seeking out classical music as her possible spiritual guide. (Langseth
was faced with directing both 600 extras as well as the Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, reported SCREENINGS:
Swedish Film Magazine.) THURS 21-APR 09:15 PM
Print Source: Swedish Film Institute, Gunnar Almér, gunnar.almer@sfi.se WED 27-APR 09:30 PM
PRESENTED BY: AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION & INGEBRETSENS

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS (LA REINE DES POMMES)


DIRECTOR: VALERIE DONZELLI • FRANCE • 2009 • 88 MIN • FRENCH
Widely known for her past stage acting ventures, Valier Donzelli makes a promising move to writer/
director as well as screen actor in this endearing absurdist parody on the romantic comedy genre.
Adèle (Donzelli) is searching for a way to free herself of a painfully deep obsession with her former
lover. Enlisting her distant cousin, Rachel, for help she begins a new job and takes on new lovers.
However, each one bears a striking, and unsettling resemblance to her previous love. Can Adèle ever
truly move on? Will she find happiness again? The answer may not come in the form you expect, but it
may involve some spontaneous song and dance...
French actor Jérémie Elkaïm, known for his role in Come Undone (2002), performs an impressive
quadruple role in this must see festival flick.
Print Source: Visit Films, Aida LiPera, al@visitfilms.com SCREENINGS:
SUN 17-APR 02:45 PM
TUE 26-APR 05:00 PM

QUEEN TO PLAY
DIRECTOR: CAROLINE BOTTARO • FRANCE • 2009 • 101 MIN • FRENCH, ENGLISH
In his first role performed entirely in French, Oscar winner Kevin Kline squares off against the radiant
Sandrine Bonnaire to battle it out over a chessboard in this sleek, urbane comedy/drama.
A wonderfully rich character study, the film follows middle-aged housekeeper Hélène (Bonnaire)
through a transformation from staid, diligent wife and mother to whimsical, passionate creature of
complex strategies and secret smiles. Set in the ever-scenic French Riviera, stunning views of the isle
of Corsica make this film a visual vacation for cinephiles and casual moviegoers alike.
When Hélène discovers a couple playing an intense game of chess on the balcony of a hotel room, a
spark is awakened in her that is at once intellectual and erotic. The idea of the game engulfs her life,
and she soon seeks out the private tutelage of one of her clients, a reclusive American doctor (Kevin
Kline). Her daughter and husband begin to fade from view as her new passion takes up more and more SCREENINGS:
of her life. TUES 26-APR 07:30 PM
Print Source: Zeitgeist Films, Nadja Tennstedt, nadja@zeitgeistfilms.com SUN 1-MAY 09:15 PM
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RAAVANAN
World Cinema
DIRECTOR: MANI RATNAM • INDIA • 2010 • 130 MIN • TAMIL
In Raavanan, longtime director Mani Ratman brings us a modern interpretation of the ancient Sanskrit
epic, the Ramayana. The film features Tamil superstars Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, and Prithvirajand, as
well as a host of talented technicians as seen in the stunning cinematography and scenography.
The film’s plot is set into motion when Veeriya, played by Vikram, a bandit clan leader with a divided
reputation and personality, kidnaps the Chief inspector’s wife to avenge his sister’s death. Unable to
kill her, Veeriya falls in love with his captive, all the while doing a masterful job of evading the Chief
inspector and his task force. Culminating in a series of twists that challenge traditional notions of
heroism and commitment, Ratman’s skill crosses provincial language boundaries as one of India’s most
popular directors.
In the tradition of blockbusting Bollywood films, Raavanan is filled to the brim with energetic, stylistically
choreographed dancing scenes. -Adapted from Stockholm Film Festival
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Print Source: Madras Talkies, mani@madrastalkies.com
SUN 24-APR 05:45 PM
THU 28-APR 04:45 PM

SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL


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DIRECTOR: MICHAEL MCGOWAN • CANADA • 2010 • 92 MIN • ENGLISH


Actor Noah Reid Present
A rousing celebration of the Great White North’s favorite pastime: hockey, this story of young love,
overnight success and on-ice drama, with cameos from Nelly Furtado and Olivia Newton-John, is sure
to resonate with fans of one of Minnesota’s favorite sports.
Farley (Noah Reid) is home schooled by his New Age hippie parents, and leads a relatively carefree
but sheltered life. Discovered at the local rink by the owner of a junior league team, Farley’s life takes
a thrilling turn, and he decides he must leave behind his parents and a blossoming relationship with his
lifelong friend, Eve, for the promise of fame and fortune. But just how much is he willing to sacrifice for
the sake of the team?
SCREENINGS: The opening night film of the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, Score celebrates both the individual who dares
THU 14-APR 07:45 PM to be different and the team player in all of us. (As the film pokes fun at self-effacing Canadians, The
FRI 15-APR 07:30 PM Montreal Maple Leafs and widely known Canadian hockey heroes come in for entertaining cameos.)

PRESENTED BY: CONSULATE GENERAL OF Print Source: Mulmur’s Hockey Musical Inc., Nadia Tavazzani, ntavazzani@gmail.com
CANADA & NICOLLET ISLAND INN

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY


DIRECTOR: CATHERINE BREILLAT • FRANCE • 2010 • 80 MIN • FRENCH
The much lauded and often controversial auteur, Catherine Breillat (Bluebeard), splinters and
reconstructs another fairy tale with her latest exploration into female mythologies.
An assemblage of two famed fairy-tales, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen and Charles
Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty, The Sleeping Beauty follows a young woman’s adventure through 100
years of bewildering dreams and her awakening into a perplexing and unexpected reality.
With references to everything from Alice in Wonderland to the Last Czar of Russia, and with bold,
imaginative costumes and breathtaking imagery from cinematographer Denis Lenoir, Catherine
Breillat’s latest offering reaffirms her status as one of the most intriguing filmmakers working today.
Print Source: Strand Releasing, Brandon Peters, Brandon@strandreleasing.com
SCREENINGS:
THU 28-APR 09:45 PM
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PRESENTED BY: CHOWGIRLS CATERING

SOUL OF SAND DIRECTOR: SIDHARTH SRINIVASAN • INDIA • 2010 • 98 MIN • HINDI


A watchman and his wife living at an abandoned mine find themselves trapped in the brutal schemes of
their tyrannical landlord in this suspenseful, visually striking drama set on the urban outskirts of Delhi.
When the landlord offers his daughter to a wealthy potential buyer of the mine, she and her lower-caste
lover run away. The watchman reluctantly helps them, but a sinister masked killer dispatched to hunt
down the runaways endangers them all. A searing take on the politics of caste and money in a rapidly
developing economy, Sidharth Srinivasan’s eccentric thriller delves into the dark interstices between
Indian modernity and tradition.
Sidharth Srinivasan was born in New Delhi, India in 1975. He graduated with a degree in Economics
from St. Stephen’s College at Delhi University. His debut short, Swamohita, premiered in competition at
the Venice Film Festival in 2000, and his first feature, The Divine Vision, won Best Film, Best Original
Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor at the Karachi International Film Festival in 2001. Soul of Sand
SCREENINGS: is his second feature film.
WED 20-APR 04:45 PM Print Source: Global Film Initiative, Jeremy Quist, jeremy@globalfilm.org
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STREET DAYS DIRECTOR: LEVAN KOGUASHVILI • GEORGIA • 2010 • 86 MIN • GEORGIAN
Georgia’s official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards.
A middle-aged, unemployed heroin-addict, Checkie, loiters on the Tbilisi street outside his son’s school,
where he himself was once a promising student. His wife, meanwhile, struggles to pay the tuition and
understand her husband’s lack of interest in the family’s survival—even as the bank repossesses their
furniture. But when a group of policemen blackmails Checkie into entrapping the son of his wealthy
friend, husband and wife are unified by the uncertainty of their deepening moral dilemma, and a series
of worsening foul-ups, in Levan Koguashvili’s lightly humorous yet realistic drama about the fate of a
generation left behind in Georgia’s post-Soviet era.
Levan Koguashvili was born in Georgia in 1973. He began his studies at the State Institute of Film
and Theatre in Tbilisi, and then worked as a journalist for independent television after civil war broke
out in Georgia. In 2002, he enrolled in the Tisch School of the Art’s graduate film program at New York
University. His 2006 short film, The Debt, was an Official Selection of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, SCREENINGS:
and his documentary, Women from Georgia, was selected for the Panorama section of the 2009 SAT 16-APR 05:30 PM
Sarajevo Film Festival. Street Days is his first feature film. SUN 24-APR 02:45 PM
Print Source: Global Film Initiative, Jeremy Quist, jeremy@globalfilm.org

TEHRAN, TEHRAN

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DIRECTORS: MEHDI KARAMPOOR, DARIUSH MEHRHUI • IRAN • 2010 • 109 MIN • FARSI
Two Iranian directors. Two sides of the bustling capital city in two separate short films.
In beautiful The Days of Acquaintance by Dariush Mehrjui, a displaced family spends their days on a
tourist bus, traveling through Tehran from one historic site to the next. A chance to marvel at the city’s
ancient wonders from thousands of miles away, Mehrjui’s short tour through Tehran is cinematic and
beautifully shot, and features Iran’s fabled hospitality at it’s peak.
The Last String by Mehdi Karampoor is a more youthful and modern tale of censorship that may more
accurately portray the state of Iran today. Featuring one band’s attempt to stage a concert in spite of a
government-threatened shutdown, the film depicts the undercurrents of contemporary frustration that
Karampoor sees in Iran’s steadily changing population.
By juxtaposing these two films, Mehrjui and Karampoor demonstrate not only two sides of vibrancy to SCREENINGS:
the Persian city, but create a powerful mood piece befitting a city with an extensive history, and bright THU 28-APR 09:15 PM
future. Critics have picked the film as one of the top Iranian titles of the year.
SUN 1-MAY 07:15 PM
Print Source: Amir Esfandiari, fcf1@dpi.net.ir

THE TENANTS DIRECTOR: SERGIO BIANCHI • BRAZIL • 2009 • 103 MIN • PORTUGESE
Despite a recent wave of violent crime in the city, manual laborer and night student Valter lives a
relatively content life with his family in working-class São Paulo. But when three young criminals move
in next door, a bunker mentality sets in and Valter soon discovers he is not the only one perversely
affected by the mounting chaos of a city under siege, or the unsettling presence of his new neighbors.
Building tension throughout with stylish sequences that blend reality and fevered imagination, Sérgio
Bianchi’s gripping domestic thriller offers a shrewd portrait of the social and psychological impact
of urban violence, depicting a community beset yet also aroused by a permeating atmosphere of
destruction.
Sérgio Bianchi was born in Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil, in 1945. A resident of São Paulo since 1968,
he graduated from the Communications and Arts School at the University of São Paulo and began his
career in film and photography in 1972. In addition to several short films, his features include Romance,
The Secret Cause and Chronically Unfeasible. SCREENINGS:
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THE TREE DIR: JULIE BERTUCCELLI • AUSTRALIA / FRANCE • 2010 • 100 MIN • ENGLISH
Closing night film selection for the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival, and Julie Bertuccelli’s second
feature. Her first, Since Otar Left, won the Grand Jury Prize during Cannes Critic’s Week in 2003.
In this hauntingly beautiful tale of love, loss, and renewal, French cinema stunner Charlotte Gainsbourg
naturally illuminates the screen with her nuanced, unassuming role as a bereaved wife and mother.
Sheltered by a benevolent fig tree, the O’Neil family lives a tranquil life, until tragedy strikes. Eight-
year-old Simone, struggling to cope with the loss of her father, Peter, begins to sense his spirit deep
within the tree. When Peter’s newfound incarnation is threatened, she must convince everyone of his
presence or risk losing him a second time.
Beautifully shot in a bare stretch of Queensland, Bertuccelli’s latest film is a touching story of a family
learning to move on.
Print Source: Zeitgeist Films, Nadja Tennstedt, nadja@zeitgeistfilms.com SCREENINGS:
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TROLLHUNTER
World Cinema
DIRECTOR: ANDRE OVREDAL • NORWAY • 2010 • 113 MIN • NORWEGIAN
Blair Witches don’t have anything on these Norwegian trolls. Don’t see it alone.
When a group of film students on a documentary assignment accidentally stumble across a rabid
Ringlefinch, they enter into hot pursuit of the beast, video camera in hand, in an effort to make a
documentary surpassing all others. Shot in verité style and presented as the rough-cut edit of footage
from this crew of students, the film is full of black humor and fantastical special effects. Adhering
exceptionally closely to traditional Norwegian folklore, with plenty of striking images of the mythical
beasts wreaking havoc on the landscape, Trollhunter is a wildly entertaining ride.
“Follows the lead of pre-eminent monster movies like Jaws and Alien… an original and highly assured
fusion of B-movie lore and fairy-tale terror.” – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Print Source: Magnolia Pictures, Arianne Ayers, aayers@magpictures.com
SCREENINGS: Preceded by: THE LAST NORWEGIAN TROLL DIR: P. SAPEGIN • NORWAY • ‘10 • 13 MIN
THU 14-APR 08:00 PM
In the good old days Norway was heaven on earth for trolls. But that was a long time ago. And so, one
SUN 17-APR 09:30 PM LATE NIGHT day, three young goats decide to oust an old troll languishing underneath a bridge. They have no idea
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TRUST ME
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DIRECTOR: JOHAN KLING • SWEDEN • 2010 • 105 MIN • SWEDISH


“Sex and complications -- and stealing...I think my film is a kind of speech for the defense of the right
not to be perfect.” – Johan Kling, Director
Following his acclaimed Darling, Kling has crafted a hilarious, steamy, mischievous ensemble drama
about a struggling Stockholm theater company. In the midst of being evicted by the landlord, the theatre
manager/playwright rehearses a new production.
Elegantly scripted, and featuring an award-winning cast including True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård,
Gustaf Skarsgård (sons of award-winning Stellan Skarsgård), and Moa Gammel, Trust Me is a
clever, and highly entertaining ode to human foibles and minor crimes. Full of intrigue, illusion, and
compromising situations, this is a charming spectacle of a film.
Print Source: Swedish Film Institute, Gunnar Almér, gunnar.almer@sfi.se
SCREENINGS:
SUN 17-APR 06:15 PM
TUE 26-APR 09:15 PM
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TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL


DIRECTOR: ELI CRAIG • CANADA • 2010 • 86 MIN • ENGLISH
Horror and hilarity occupy the screen side by side in this SXSW Audience Award winner.
On vacation to their fixer-upper cabin in the West Virginia wilderness, hillbilly friends Tucker and
Dale, played by Alan Tudyk (from Firefly and Dollhouse) and Reaper’s Tyler Labine, run afoul of a
group of spring-break-bound college students out in search of a wild time. Suddenly, Tucker and
Dale must defend themselves from all sorts of crazed attacks, even though they’re really just out for
a weekend of r&r.
This debut feature from writer/director Eli Craig, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil takes every backwoods horror
cliché and flips them on their heads, creating a fresh and hilarious horror-comedy that is sure to please
any late night movie fan.
SCREENINGS: “[Tucker & Dale vs. Evil] does for massacre flicks what the 2004 spoof Shaun of the Dead did for
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zombie movies.” -USA Today
WED 20-APR 09:45 PM Print Source: Eden Rock Media, Thomas Augsberger, taugsberger@edenrockmedia.com

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TWISTED ROOTS DIRECTOR: SAARA SAARELA • FINLAND • 2009 • 99 MIN • FINNISH


For the patriarch of the Kurra family, Mikko, the bitter Finnish frost renders him housebound, and
he decides it is time to come clean and reveal to his children his rare genetic disease they may
have inherited. His son, recently returned from a self-imposed exile abroad, and his independence-
seeking teenage daughter Pihla, are forced to reevaluate their aspirations as the two come to a new
understanding of their father’s plight. Only eight year-old adopted daughter, Lumi, an orphan from
China, is immune to the threat, but even she starts to sense the tension in the family and decides to
take action. Sometimes there is nothing left to do but dig a rabbit hole to China to your roots.
A vivid family drama counter to stereotype, about a “normal” Finnish family, is sensitively directed by
first-timer Saara Saarela and beautifully photographed by Rauno Ronkainen.
Print Source: The Finnish Film Foundation, Jenni Domingo, jenni.domingo@ses.fi

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World Cinema
TWO INDIANS TALKING DIR: SARA MCINTYRE • CANADA • 2010 • 97 MIN • ENG.
Two young First Nations men growing up together on the reservation have decidedly different views
on the current struggle their community finds itself locked in. Adam, a serious college kid who likes to
cite Nietzsche or Rousseau, looks for strength in his intellectual pursuits, while his cousin Nathan, from
“the school of hard knocks”, is a rebellious high school dropout who looks toward protest for answers.
Their differences lead to a confrontation in an empty community center, the night before a major
demonstration is to take place as they debate hot-button issues along with their differences about life:
women, politics, dreams, education, poverty and hopes for the future.
This fictional first feature, sharply written by Andrew Genaille and directed by Sara McIntyre, hailed
as a burgeoning talent from the Vancouver area filmmaking community, is illuminating in the way it
tears down stereotypes and presents the First Nations plight as a personal problem with national
implications. Cast of young actors is outstanding.
First feature ‘People’s Choice Award, Canadian Feature’, Vancouver International Film Festival, 2010 SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Kiss Dust Pictures, Sara McIntyre, sara@lyranproductions.com MON 18-APR 06:30 PM
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TYRANNOSAUR

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DIRECTOR: PADDY CONSIDINE • UK • 2010 • 91 MIN • ENGLISH
Renowned actor Paddy Considine’s first feature behind the camera is a tour de force propelled by the
sheer intensity of its performances and storytelling.
Joseph (Peter Mullan), a tormented, self-destructive man plagued by violence, finds hope of
redemption in Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian charity-shop worker he meets one day while fleeing
an altercation. Initially derisive of her faith and presumed idyllic existence, Joseph nonetheless returns
to the shop and soon realizes that Hannah’s life is anything but placid. As a relationship develops, they
come to understand the deep pain in each other’s lives.
An unconventional love story, Tyrannosaur transcends its bleak circumstances through Joseph and
Hannah’s vigorous impulse toward redemption. Shouldering the weight of burdened lives with great
humanity and a deep understanding of our capacity to heal, Mullan and Colman deliver two of the most
outstanding performances of the year. Considine’s portrait of these two lost souls, bloody but unbowed,
is a devastating and profoundly beautiful experience. -Sundance Film Festival
SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Strand Releasing, Brandon Peters, Brandon@strandreleasing.com
FRI 29-APR 09:30 PM
TUES 3-MAY 09:45 PM

VESPA DIRECTOR: DIANA GROO • HUNGARY • 2010 • 85 MIN • HUNGARIAN


This second film from Hungarian director Diana Groo is a sweet but not overly sentimental tale about
a 12-year-old boy’s first venture outside of his hometown. Learning he just won a new Vespa scooter,
the young Roma boy Lali sets off with a street musician to Budapest, where his prize awaits him.
The film is playful in its depiction of the young boy’s naïveté, but its power comes from its touching
portrayal of the mother-son bond, as shown between Lali and his single mother Mari. The story is
sleek, joyous and a must-see for both avid festivalgoers and casual cinema fans.
Print Source: Magyar Filmunió, Katalin Vajda, kati.vajda@filmunio.hu

SCREENINGS:
MON 25-APR 09:15 PM
TUE 3-MAY 05:00 PM

VIVA RIVA!
DIRECTOR: DJO TUNDA WA MUNGA • DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO / FRANCE / BELGIUM /
SOUTH AFRICA • 2010 • 96 MIN • FRENCH, LINGALA
Viva Riva! is unique in both its gritty and frank depictions of the Congolese crime world and in its
cinematic and technical beauty as a film originating from one of the poorest countries in the world.
Director Djo Munga’s first feature tells the story of corrupt operator Riva looking to cash in on a secret
stash of oil in the petrol-strapped city of Kinshasa. Trouble looms for the protagonist as his previously
spurned employer has military officers hot on his heels.
With raw portrayals of sex and violence, the film excels in the way it implicates all parties the nation’s
corrupt self-destructiveness. The film’s depiction of life in the heart of Africa is unparalleled in its
authenticity.
Print Source: Music Box Films, Suzanne Fedak, sfedak@musicboxfilms.com SCREENINGS:
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WE ARE WHAT WE ARE
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DIRECTOR: JORGE MICHAEL GRAU • MEXICO • 2010 • 89 MIN • SPANISH
An aging man spits up blood, collapses dead in the middle of a busy street, and is dragged away to
be eaten by the local cleaners. These are the lower depths of cannibalistic Mexico City, and the police
have better things to do.
The man’s wife and their three children must carry on in life, cannibalizing to survive. But who will hunt
for their food now that their father is gone?
Making no excuses for its gore but equally able to use the power of suggestion, Jorge Michel Grau’s
debut feature is a disturbing and darkly comic social allegory full of shocking twists and the stench of
urban decay. Beautifully shot and constructed, this horror film blends the family drama and coming of
age story in a way reminiscent of the lauded vampire flick, Let The Right One In.
SCREENINGS: Print Source: IFC Films, Jonathan Hertzberg, jonhertzberg@gmail.com
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THE WHITE MEADOWS DIR: MOHAMMAD RASOULOF • IRAN • 2009 • 92 MIN • FARSI
In this dreamlike yet earthbound film, Rahmat the boatman navigates the increasingly brackish waters
of a coastal land, collecting the heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. But he remains powerless
against their misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green again, whether by
offering a bride to the sea or forcibly “treating” the eyes of a painter who sees in different colors.
Drawing firsthand on the challenges faced by Iranian artists of today, writer-director Mohammad
Rasoulof’s deeply atmospheric and poetical film is a gorgeous allegory of intolerance, brutality and
mystified routine that resonates far beyond any one state’s borders.
Mohammad Rasoulof was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1972. He received a degree in Sociology from Shiraz
University and studied film editing at the Sooreh University in Tehran. His first feature film is the
docudrama The Twilight, and his second feature, Iron Island, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight
in Cannes. He also directed Head Wind, a documentary about the restrictions currently imposed in Iran
SCREENINGS: on using satellites and the Internet. The White Meadows is his third feature film.
TUE 19-APR 06:30 PM Print Source: Global Film Initiative, Jeremy Quist, jeremy@globalfilm.org
MON 25-APR 09:00 PM

YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE


DIRECTOR: PHILIPP STÖLZL • GERMANY • 2010 • 100 MIN • GERMAN
A lush costume drama chronicling the early formative years of Germany’s most famous literary genius.
A story of love lost, Philip Stölzl’s engrossing historical biopic covers the passionate and tumultuous
period (circa 1772) in the young writer’s life before he penned the enormously influential The Sorrows of
Young Werther. An impetuous troublemaker, Johann Goethe is a bored legal clerk who dreams of being
a poet. After failing his doctorate, he halfheartedly attempts to build a law career, but rebels against his
father’s wishes by persisting in his writing. Then the luminous Lotte enters his life. A intense, whirlwind
romance blossoms, but it is a star-crossed love as Lotte is betrothed to another... This first experience of
love, and the unbearable heartbreak that resulted, would change the literary world forever.
Vibrant cinematography, assured directing from Philip Stölzl, and a particularly strong performance from
SCREENINGS: Alexander Fehling as the young writer, serves to craft a rich, modern saga in the vein of Shakespeare
TUE 26-APR 05:00 PM in Love and Amadeus. Widely known German star, Moritz Bleibtreu (Run, Lola, Run) appears as Lotte’s
(Miriam Stein) betrothed, and bright newcomer Alexander Fehling as the young Goethe.
SUN 1-MAY 04:15 PM
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BEGINNERS
American Independents
DIRECTOR: MIKE MILLS • USA • 2010 • 104 MIN • ENGLISH
Director Mike Mills Present
Mike Mills (Thumbsucker) directs a star-studded cast in his latest indie gem, a semi-autobiographical
story about two men’s search for love at very different points in life.
In this touching comedy, an aging father, Hal, (Oscar nominee Christopher Plummer) reveals a long-
held secret to son, Oliver (Ewan McGregor). After his wife’s death, at 75 he begins an earnest effort to
live the life he denied himself for more than 40 years. When his father’s new path is unexpectedly cut
short, Oliver must radically readjust to a road less traveled. Meeting the irreverent and unpredictable
Anna (luminous Mélanie Laurent of Inglorious Basterds), he begins to open himself to a new life. Arthur,
a terrier, serves as a charming, subtitled sounding board for Oliver’s neuroses, romantic melancholy,
and slowly evolving consciousness.
SCREENINGS: Surprising, confounding, and hilarious, Mike Mills’ second feature reconfirms him in the company of
distinctive US indie filmmakers.
TUE 3-MAY 07:00 PM
Print Source: Focus Features

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BELLFLOWER DIRECTOR: EVAN GLODELL • USA • 2010 • 103 MIN • ENGLISH


Truly embodying the spirit of independent filmmaking, and chosen for Sundance NEXT 2011 and
SXSW, Bellflower is Evan Glodell’s feature debut.
A love story with apocalyptic stakes, Bellflower tells the story of two crusty gear-heads brought up on
a steady diet of ‘Mad Max’ dystopian fantasies. Building cars with flamethrowers and other weapons
of mass destruction, the two friends hope that one day their imaginary gang “Mother Medusa” will be
able to reign supreme in a post-apocalyptic future. While waiting for the end of the world, two potential
accomplices unexpectedly enter their lives. Love, it turns out, can be the most destructive force of all,
as the film shifts from its flammable obsessions to a story of besotted passion that can only end in an
explosive finale.
Writer, director, and star of Bellflower, Evan Glodell is a DIY genius. He and his production company,
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Coatwolf, built the film’s working flamethrowers and modified muscle cars. His custom-built cameras
SCREENINGS: give the film a beautifully gritty, highly stylized quality that feels timeless. The apocalyptic countdown
SAT 23-APR 10:00 PM may already be underway.
Print Source: Oscilloscope, Liz Flynn, info@oscilloscope.net
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HESHER DIRECTOR: SPENCER SUSSER • USA • 2010 •100 MIN • ENGLISH


Heavy metal, tattoos, and blowing stuff up.
These are just a few of chain-smoking, stringy-haired anarchist Hesher’s favorite things. When he
moves, uninvited, into the garage of twelve-year-old TJ and his father, it does not exactly seem like a
match made to last. But TJ has just lost his mom in a tragic accident, and Dad can’t bring himself to do
much of anything these days, let alone kick the strange squatter out of his house. So, Hesher stays,
and unwittingly starts to bring some life, however chaotic and full of mayhem, into a family still reeling
from the most difficult loss of their lives.
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Academy Award winner Natalie Portman, and Rainn Wilson, this is
director Spencer Susser’s feature film debut. Paving the way for a bright future, Hesher was nominated
for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
SCREENINGS: Print Source: Abramorama, Richard Abramowitz, richard@abramorama.com
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THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE!


DIRECTOR: ZEINA DURRA • USA • 2010 • 90 MIN • SPANISH, FRENCH, ARABIC, KOREAN, ENGLISH
Multiple-Best Actress award winner and French film powerhouse Élodie Bouchez takes on a demanding
role in Zenia Durra’s atmospheric and intelligent debut feature.
An official selection at Sundance Film Festival and Warsaw Film Festival, Durra’s debut looks at post-
9/11 Manhattan as seen through the eyes of young Muslim artist Asya (Bouchez). After the mysterious
disappearance of a close friend, the French Manhattanite must battle an ever-present paranoia while
struggling to juggle her barhopping lifestyle with a deeply rooted socialist philosophy.
Shot on Super 16, the film’s gritty visuals add to the confusion and alienation experienced Asya and her
closest friends. The Imperialists Are Still Alive! presents an entirely original vision from Durra, a bold
new filmmaking presence.
SCREENINGS: Print Source: IFC Films, Jonathan Hertzberg, jonhertzberg@gmail.com
SAT 30-APR 09:45 PM
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THE LUTEFISK WARS
DIRECTORS: CHRIS PANNECK, DAVE HALL• USA • 2010 • 86 MIN • ENGLISH
Filmmakers Chris Panneck & Dave Hall Present
Could there be a more fitting film to open the 2011 Fargo Film Festival than one about an amateur hot
dish chef’s mix-up with the Norwegian mafia?
This mockumentary about a home-delivery grocery driver who happens across an ancient lutefisk
recipe is a hilarious look at rural life in the Midwest. The film successfully distances itself from lesser
The Office and Christopher Guest knock-offs by patterning itself off prestigious non-fiction works like
those of Errol Morris. The decision to forgo handheld camera work and character confessionals in
favor of one-camera interviews and re-enactments only strengthens the film’s impeccable sense of
satire. This tribute to small town America and Scandinavian culture will keep you laughing from start to
finish -- that is, unless it hits too close to home. SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Chris Panneck, chris@sopics.com SUN 1-MAY 06:30 PM
TUE 3-MAY 05:00 PM

MIDNIGHT SON DIRECTOR: SCOTT LEBERECHT • USA • 2010 • 88 MIN • ENGLISH


Midnight Son is the story of Jacob, a young man confined to a life of isolation due to a rare skin
disorder that prevents him from being exposed to sunlight. His world opens up when he meets Mary,
a local bartender, and falls in love. Tragically, Jacob’s actions become increasingly bizarre as he
struggles to cope with the effects of his worsening condition. Forced by the disease to drink human
blood for sustenance, he must control his increasingly violent tendencies as local law enforcement
narrow their focus on him as a suspect in a series of a string of grisly murders.
Writer/director Scott Leberecht’s background is in VFX, having worked at Industrial Light & Magic for
five years. In 2003, he earned his Master’s Degree in Directing from the American Film Institute, where
he wrote and directed six short films, including Underdog and Natural Selection. Midnight Son is his
first feature.

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THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER


DIRECTOR: DAVID MITCHELL • USA • 2009 • 97 MIN • ENGLISH
On the last sultry night of summer, four teenagers roam the suburban Detroit streets in search of
elusive first kisses, wild parties, and cigarettes. David Robert Mitchell’s lauded feature debut is a
dreamy, impressionistic mood piece that perfectly captures the longings and rebellions of the teenage
years. Like those heady exploits of adolescence, the particulars of the plot are not as important as their
mere existence.
Echoes of the teenage classics American Graffiti, The Breakfast Club, and Dazed and Confused are
felt throughout this winner of the Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast at SXSW.
Print Source: IFC Films, Jonathan Hertzberg, jonhertzberg@gmail.com

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FRI 22-APR 09:30 PM
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ON THE ICE
DIRECTOR: ANDREW OKPEAHA MACLEAN • USA • 2011 • 96 MIN • ENGLISH, INUPIAQ
Director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean Present
In a frozen isolation of Barrow, a tiny Alaskan town on the banks of the polar seas, two Iñupiaq
teenage boys listen to the latest hip hop and race around on snowmobiles while hunting seals. During
one of their expeditions (they use guns instead of harpoons), an argument with a third boy escalates
into violence, with fatal consequences. In utter panic, the pair decides to frame the death as a tragic
accident, lying and pretending it happened otherwise. A dark secret waiting to be discovered puts them
on very thin ice as their families are suspected of murder.
On the Ice is the acclaimed feature film debut by Alaska-born writer/director Andrew Okpeaha
MacLean. Winner of Best First Feature Award and Best Film by the Youth Jury at the 2011 Berlinale
Film Festival. SCREENINGS:
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American Independents
DIRECTOR: STORME WOOD • USA • 2010 • 95 MIN • ENGLISH
Esther Harris, a devout young woman praised for her virtue and devotion to Warren F. Vanderbilt’s
Prophetic Watchman Ministries, has been given the opportunity of a lifetime – to attend Vanderbilt’s
Kingdom Bible College.
The film, loosely based on writer/producer Andie Redwine’s own experiences, traces Esther’s story
living with the fundamentalist pastor’s family until she is banished for a committing a “sin” in the eyes
of the church. She takes up with her new-found friends and co-workers who reveal a brand new and
more lighthearted world to her…
This self-described ultra-low budget film, shot entirely on location in Southern Indiana and Austin,
Texas, tells a modern-day version of the parable of the Good Samaritan, addressing hard questions of
SCREENINGS: faith, tolerance, and spiritual abuse in modern culture.
SAT 30-APR 02:30 PM Print Source: By The Glass Productions, Andie Redwine, producer@bytheglassproductions.com
MON 2-MAY 05:00 PM

STAKE LAND DIRECTOR: JIM MICKLE • USA • 2010 • 98 MIN • ENGLISH


Award-winning director of Mullberry Street, Jim Mickle’s latest film, Stake Land, will test the mettle of
any diehard vampire horror fan.
An orphaned teenage boy flees the pandemic of animalistic vampirism with a grizzled, fang-collecting
slayer who goes only by ‘Mister.’ On their very bloody road trip through the scenic back roads of North
America, they face not only creatures of the night, but vengeful cultists, car trouble, and crises of faith.
This post-apocalyptic adventure film finds echoes in The Road, 28 Days Later, Blade, and I Am
Legend. More than just a simple genre film, though featuring enough violence and gore for the most
demanding horror fan, Stake Land is an elegantly shot film that does not shy away from the poignant
moments that make stories such as this truly commanding.
Print Source: IFC Films, Jonathan Hertzberg, jonhertzberg@gmail.com
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Documentaries
DIRECTOR: ZEINA DACCACHE • LEBANON • 2009 • 78 MIN • LEBANESE
Powerhouse Zeina Daccache, a theater director specializing in working with the disenfranchised
and traumatized, established Lebanon’s first prison-based project in the notorious Roumieh prison,
transforming the lives of many men and resulting in the beginnings of prison reform.
For 15 months, 45 prison inmates, some completely illiterate, worked together to adapt the famous
stage play 12 Angry Men (known through the Sidney Lumet film starring Henry Fonda). Touching upon
the themes of forgiveness, self- development, stigma and hope, Daccache added monologues, songs
and dance routines created by the prisoners to the original text. This remarkable documentary is a
must-see. Its rehearsals, therapy sessions and interviews show the tremendous dignity and despair of
the prisoners as well as the charismatic Daccache’s boundless energy and patience in revealing the
power of ‘drama therapy.’
SCREENINGS: Winner, Best Documentary, Audience Award, Dubai Film Festival; Audience Award, Dox Box,
MON 18-APR 09:00 PM Damascus. –Adapted from Palm Springs International Film Festival
SUN 1-MAY 09:30 PM Print Source: Catharsis, Zeina Daccache, info@catharsislcdt.org

A GOOD MAN
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DIRS: GORDON QUINN, BOB HERCULES • USA • 2011 • 85 MIN • ENGLISH


Director Gordon Quinn Present
Directors Gordon Quinn (exectutive producer: Hoop Dreams) and Bob Hercules present a rare glimpse into
the mind of a working artist in this documentary following the Tony Award–winning choreographer and 2010
Kennedy Center Honoree, Bill T. Jones, and his company as they develop and perform their most ambitious
project to date, the multimedia dance-theatre work, Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray.
The piece explores the legacy and the legend of America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, on the
occasion of his bicentennial year, 2010. How do we understand his life and values today, with the
current state of race relations? What was the effect of his assassination on a young black man growing
up 100 years later during the Civil Rights Movement? Bill T. Jones describes his relationship to Lincoln
as “the only white man [he] was ever allowed to love unconditionally.” A Good Man allows viewers
to witness one of the 21st century’s greatest artists, the legendary and controversial modern dance
SCREENINGS: choreographer, deep in the work of turning fervent passion and intricate ideas into art.
SUN 24-APR 02:00 PM
Print Source: Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn, Gordon@kartemquin.com
TUE 26-APR 06:45 PM
PRESENTED BY: CHOWGIRLS CATERING

ALL OVER THE WALLS


DIRECTORS: BLUE BRIDGE MEDIA GROUP • USA • 74 MIN • ENGLISH
Work-in-Progress Screening • Filmmakers Present • Free
This documentary follows eccentric and charismatic mixed media artist and body painter Jacob as he
pursues his dream of building an art gallery that doubles as an underground party space in downtown
Minneapolis. Experience the many difficulties and meet the collection of characters Jacob encounters
while attempting his ultimate creation.
Directors Ryan, Jake, Alex, Joe and Greg formed Blue Bridge Media Group early 2009. Fresh out of
film school Ryan, Alex, Joe and Greg found a common love of filmmaking with friend Jake. Alex, Joe,
and Greg support their film making by working at St. Anthony Main.
Print Source: Blue Bridge Media Group, Greg Pappe, greg@bluebridgemediagroup.com
SCREENINGS:
MON 18-APR 06:30 PM

THE ARBOR DIRECTOR: CLIO BARNARD • UK • 2010 • 94 MIN • ENGLISH


This unique take on the late ‘80’s British playwright Andrea Dunbar is a haunting, experimental debut
combining documentary archival footage and fictional re-enactments. On-location shooting in a
rundown Yorkshire housing unit and lip-synching actors create an eerie and compelling work of cutting-
edge "verbatim theater" on screen. Heralded by her contemporaries as “a genius straight from the
slums,” Dunbar authored three plays before dying tragically of a brain hemorrhage at age 29 brought
on by excessive drinking. The film is a compassionate tribute to a brilliant life cut short. Directed by
Cleo Barnard, winner of Best New Documentary Filmmaker Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and Best
British Newcomer at the London Film Festival.
Print Source: Strand Releasing, Brandon Peters, Brandon@strandreleasing.com

SCREENINGS:
MON 25-APR 07:15 PM
FRI 29-APR 05:00 PM
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THE BENGALI DETECTIVE

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DIRECTOR: PHILIP COX • INDIA / UK / USA • 2010 • 100 MIN • ENGLISH, HINDI, BENGALI
Producer Annie Sundberg Invited
With characters and a storyline that could be straight from “The Maltese Falcon,” The Bengali Detective
is a documentary that reads like a Kolkata noir. It will enchant, move, and surprise audiences. (Fox
Searchlight has already nailed down remake rights.)
With police corruption on the rise in Kolkata, clients are left to seek their own private eye. Big-hearted,
intrepid, and full of attitude, Rajesh Ji is one such detective. He could be a character sprung from a pulp
fiction story, and is at once an impresario and dedicated husband. He and his motley crew of sleuthing
assistants tackle everything from adultery to counterfeit shampoo operations to triple murder. Off the job,
yet with equal fervor, they also practice their dance moves in preparation for a TV talent show audition.
Mostly handheld camerawork brings immediacy to the film that highlights the chaotic hustle and SCREENINGS:
bustle of one of the world’s mega-cities and its bureaucratic mania. Part detective mystery, part social SAT 30-APR 09:15 PM
commentary, part family drama, The Bengali Detective is a winning, and ultimately moving look at SUN 1-MAY 04:00 PM
contemporary middle-class India. British director Phil Cox, 41, is an award-winning documentarian.
Print Source: Entertainment One, Cameron Moneo, CMoneo@entonegroup.com PRESENTED BY: CRASH + SUES

BETTER THIS WORLD

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DIRECTORS: KELLY DUANE DE LA VEGA, KATIE GALLOWAY • USA • 2011 • 93 MIN • ENGLISH
The Republican National Convention in 2008 was a shining example of the tenuous line between
activism and homegrown terrorism, and one of the most influential events in modern Minnesota history.
Among the thousands of protesters who converged on St. Paul were two friends from Midland, Texas,
who were unhappy with the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Believed to be following the advice of their mentor
and world-renowned leftist activist turned FBI informant Brandon Darby, the two hatched a plan to
bomb the convention, only to have it scrapped before it began.
Directors Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway present a multi-faceted look at the friends’
notorious trial and controversial entrapment defense. Utilizing a combination of found footage and
startling narrative twists that dramatically alter the viewer’s perspective of the events, this intricate and
controversial tale comes to life with compelling intensity. SCREENINGS:
Kelly de la Vega, Emmy-nominated director, was selected for the 2009 HBO Documentary Film SUN 24-APR 04:30 PM
Fellowship Grant, worth $10,000, to complete her film.
WED 27-APR 09:30 PM
Print Source: Picture Box Productions, Mike Nicholson, mike@pictureboxproductions.com

BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK


DIRECTOR: RICHARD PRESS • USA • 2010 • 84 MIN • ENGLISH
“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue.
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra film
festivals, and the opening night film for the New Directors/New Films 2010, Bill Cunningham New
York follows Schwinn-riding, blue workman’s jacket-wearing, octogenarian fashion photographer Bill
Cunningham on his constant search for beauty, exceptionality, and new trends on one of the biggest
catwalks of them all: the streets of New York City. His two weekly New York Times Style section
columns, “On the Street” and “Evening Hours” reliably document the famous, the infamous, and the
anonymous, all with the same flair and respect.
In this touching, humorous documentary, the cameras are turned to reveal a very rare sort of person
whose contribution as a chronicler of society is incalculable, and who asks for nothing in return for his SCREENINGS:
work but the continued opportunity to seek beauty in the world. MON 18-APR 07:00 PM
Print Source: Zeitgeist Films, Nadja Tennstedt, nadja@zeitgeistfilms.com TUES 26-APR 09:45 PM

BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD


DIRECTOR: LIZ GARBUS • USA / UK / ICELAND • 2011 • 90 MIN • ENGLISH, RUSSIAN
Bobby Fischer, widely regarded as the world’s greatest chess player, was the very model of mad
genius.
A child prodigy, Fischer was thrust into the spotlight at age 29 when he beat reigning Soviet champ
Boris Spassky at the World Championships in 1972 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The height of the Cold
War, and with Nixon’s resignation imminent, 1972 saw America’s confidence at an all-time low. Bobby
Fischer represented his nation’s international prestige in his match against the Russian. Unprepared
for the media storm that came with his victory, Fischer slowly spiraled into a form of madness.
Withdrawing from the world for decades, he resurfaced for an anticlimactic rematch with Spassky, a
clear violation of a UN embargo. Now a fugitive, the brash and difficult Fischer retreated to Iceland and
disappeared again from public view, only to die in 2008.
SCREENINGS:
Though Fischer may always remain somewhat of a mystery, the psychology of a genius and the
collective imagination of a nation are compellingly profiled in veteran filmmaker Liz Garbus’ revealing MON 25-APR 09:15 PM
documentary. SUN 1-MAY 04:30 PM
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BRINGING KING TO CHINA
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DIRECTOR: KEVIN MCKIERNAN • USA / CHINA • 2010 • 85 MIN • ENGLISH, CHINESE
Director, Writer, Producer Kevin McKiernan Present
Ghandi’s movement for non-violent social change via Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged American
values about freedom. Kevin’s daughter, Caitrin McKiernan, dreamed of bringing King’s similar
message to the Chinese people and its government through theatre.
No stranger to challenge, she is a passionate believer in the power of non-violent activism and an active
anti-war protester. The film chronicles her journey from script to stage and her shifting relationship with
her father, a former ABC Iraq war correspondent, (also former Minneapolis resident and NPR reporter)
and the director of this insightful and provocative documentary. Visual credits include Oscar-winning
cinematographer Haskell Wexler (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Bound For Glory).
SCREENINGS: Print Source: Access Productions, Kevin McKiernan, kevin@kevinmckiernan.com
FRI 22-APR 06:45 PM
SAT 23-APR 05:00 PM

PRESENTED BY: KFAI & SMILE NETWORK

CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF


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DIRECTOR: CRAIG MCCALL • UK • 2010 • 83 MIN • ENGLISH


Director Craig McCall Present
Laurence Olivier, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe all received the star treatment from master
cinematographer Jack Cardiff (1914-2009). Now it’s his turn in front of the camera.
With a prolific career spanning 70 years, Jack Cardiff brought his brilliant use of color theory to films
directed by legends Michael Powell, John Huston, and Alfred Hitchcock. In 2002, his decades of
devotion to a life behind the camera earned him the first honorary Oscar ever awarded to a director of
photography. With his latest foray into cinema, British producer/director Craig McCall skillfully delivers
a captivating portrait of one of the greatest cinematographers in history.
Print Source: Strand Releasing, Brandon Peters, Brandon@strandreleasing.com
SCREENINGS:
FRI 15-APR 07:15 PM
SAT 16-APR 01:15 PM
PRESENTED BY: AVS

DAVID WANTS TO FLY


DIRECTOR: DAVID SIEVEKING • GERMANY / USA • 2010 • 96 MIN • ENGLISH, GERMAN
Like The Beatles and David Lynch before him, young German filmmaker David Sieveking sets off on
a journey of enlightenment to better understand the teachings of Transcendental Meditation (TM),
a controversial spiritual movement that’s been criticized by some for using financially manipulative
practices. Travelling from Fairfield, Iowa (a founder Maharishi center), to India to Berlin, this artistic
pilgrimage showcases Sieveking’s charm in this tale on the fallibility of his idols, among them cult
filmmaker and TM devotee David Lynch. Scenic backdrops and a playful musical score add to the
depth of Sieveking’s whimsical and provocative documentary.
Print Source: Autlook Filmsales, Youn Ji, youn@autlookfilms.com

SCREENINGS:
FRI 15-APR 07:00 PM
MON 2-MAY 09:30 PM
PRESENTED BY: CONSULATE OF GERMANY IN CHICAGO

EICHMANN’S END DIRECTOR: RAYMOND LEY • GERMANY • 2010 • 89 MIN • GERMAN


Based on a true story, a Holocaust survivor who plays accordion in a tango bar and lives among
Nazis-in-hiding in 1950s Argentina, is unaware of his neighbors’ dark past. He will eventually make a
discovery that leads to one of the most famous war crimes trials in history.
The story about actual SS officer Adolf Eichmann’s secret Argentine life and his subsequent capture
brims with tension, suspicion, and secret intrigue. Involved is the survivor’s daughter as the film
demonstrates how love can complicate even one’s most basic moral principles. Eichmann’s End is a
thrilling edge-of-your-seat docu-drama from German filmmaker Raymond Ley.
Print Source: Cinephil, Assaf Mor, assaf@cinephil.co.il

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EUROPE’S BACKYARD

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DIR: IDA KLEPPE • MOLDOVA / NORWAY • 2010 • 52 MIN • MOLDOVIAN, ROMANIAN, NORWEGIAN
Europe’s Backyard documents the lives of four women from former Soviet Republic Moldovia, each at a
crossroads in their lives, and struggling to survive in the poorest nation in Eastern Europe.
A 22 year-old student nurse struggles to live on 35 euros ($50) a month. An 82 year-old woman longs
for the bygone era of the Soviet Union. A middle-aged woman holds a unique belief about the identity
of most powerful man in her country. And a 6 year-old girl lives in a world of her own creation.
These four have vastly different futures in a country struggling to emerge from the Soviet shadow.
Norwegian director Ida Kleppe’s candid documentary presents the tough choices they must make,
and the influences of their society, friends and family, as some choose to emigrate to better life in
Scandinavia.
Screens with KINGS OF OSLO. SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Norwegian Film Institute, knut.skinnarmo@nfi.no FRI 22-APR 04:15 PM
MON 2-MAY 04:30 PM
PRESENTED BY: AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION

EXPORTING RAYMOND

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DIRECTOR: PHILIP ROSENTHAL • USA / RUSSIA • 2010 • 86 MIN • ENGLISH, RUSSIAN
Genius in one country doesn’t necessarily translate as such in other parts of the world. This hilarious
documentary sees Phil Rosenthal, creator of the hit CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, trying to
bring the show to audiences in Russia. His expertise in the sitcom business is entirely unappreciated
by smug Russian network executives, who tell him point blank that his show is not funny.
Struggling to adapt to their concept of humor, let alone the shabby work environment of Moscow’s
biggest network studio, Rosenthal begins to take on the uncomfortable and anxious characteristics
reflective of many of his television characters. Regardless of your feelings toward the smash sitcom,
this amusing look at the entertainment industry presents a hilarious clash of cultures.
Print Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films, Heath Shapiro, heath@idpfilm.com
SCREENINGS:
FRI 22-APR 07:45 PM
MON 25-APR 07:00 PM

FAMILIA DIRECTOR: MIKAEL WISTRÖM • PERU / SWEDEN • 2010 • 82 MIN • SPANISH


In this prize-winning documentary about one mother’s attempt to feed her family from a world away,
the Barrientos family struggles to make ends meet in their poor Peruvian neighborhood, as matriarch
Nati, 55, reluctantly leaves her husband and three sons behind to find work in Spain. Taking a job as a
maid, Nati attempts to generate income to send back to her family in the hopes of a better life for her
children, which puts to the test their unrequited love.
Due in part to their dedication to the Barrientos, a family the filmmakers Alberty Herskovits and Mikael
Wistöm have been in close contact with since 1974, they are awarded extremely personal access
to each family member in this deeply personal and poignant documentary about the burdens one
impoverished family is willing to endure.
Winner of Best Documentary at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the Bratislava International
Film Festival, and Best Swedish Documentary at the Göteborg International Film Festival.
SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Deckert Distribution, Ina Rossow, info@deckert-distribution.com
SAT 16-APR 01:00 PM
TUES 19-APR 05:00 PM

FEATHERED COCAINE
DIRECTORS: THORKELL HARDARSON, ÖRN ARNARSON • ICELAND • 2010 • 80 MIN • ENGLISH
To the wealthy elite throughout the Persian Gulf, falcon hunting is a passion beyond compare. The
coveted birds regularly command prices from $25,000 to $1 million, earning them the nickname
“feathered cocaine” as thieves race to ransack vast areas of the world in an addictive quest.
Icelandic filmmakers Thorkell Hardarson and Örn Marino Arnarson unspool the shady connections
between this falcon trade and royal dynasties, the CIA and KGB, the oil industry, American government,
and Al-Qaeda. At the center of their story is falconer Alan Parrot, aka Hari Har Singh Khalsa, an
American living in Tehran, Iran.
After raising and training the exotic creatures for the royal court, he went on to export falcons to the
president of the United Arab Emirates professionally, implicating him as the one who first spurred
the modern economy for the birds. Hardarson and Arnarson’s bold investigation reveals not only the SCREENINGS:
wild behavior of men obsessed with a bird of prey, but the unlikely character behind the movement to THURS 28-APR 05:00 PM
impede their smuggling. –Courtesy Roya Rastegar, Tribeca Film Festival
TUES 3-MAY 09:00 PM
Print Source: Films Transit, John Nadai, john@filmstransit.com
PRESENTED BY: WALSER AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
& AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION
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FORCE OF NATURE: THE DAVID SUZUKI MOVIE
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DIRECTOR: STURLA GUNNARSSON • CANADA • 2010 • 93 MIN • ENGLISH
Author of 48 books and recipient of 24 honorary degrees from academic institutions worldwide,
Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki is a man on a mission.
Widely known on radio and television, scientist Suzuki,75, is considered one of the top 10 greatest
Canadians of all time, and reveals in this documentary a side rarely seen. Through personal stories and
reflections, Suzuki movingly recalls his family’s forced relocation to an internment camp for Japanese-
Canadians after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and sheds light on the forces that shape his strong ethics
and priorities.
Filmed for the occasion of his legacy lecture at the University of British Columbia, he urges the audience
to make science and nature a priority, and to work to change humanity’s increasingly destructive
SCREENINGS: environmental impact. Director Sturla Gunnarsson’s portrait of a life lived with purpose is an inspiration.
WED 20-APR 07:00 PM Print Source: Entertainment One, Cameron Moneo, CMoneo@entonegroup.com

PRESENTED BY:
CONSULATE GENERAL OF CANADA

FREE RADICALS: A HISTORY OF EXPERIMENTAL FILM


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DIRECTOR: PIP CHODOROV • FRANCE • 2010 • 80 MIN • FRENCH, ENGLISH


A very personal take on the history of experimental film, Pip Chodorov shares his affectionate account of
growing up among some of the pioneers of avant-garde cinema.
The film combines interviews, clips, and even some entire artists’ films from such luminaries as Jonas Mekas,
Hans Richter, Michael Snow, Peter Kubelka, Robert Breer, and Stan Brakhage (in his last recorded interview).
Len Lye’s classic 1959 structuralist animation, shown in its entirety, gives the documentary its title.
Desiring to subvert the conventional rules of film, but creating work not easily collectible by art galleries,
Free Radicals illustrates the no-man’s land these innovative filmmakers found themselves in between fine
art and commercial practice. Establishing the Film-Makers’ Cooperative and Anthology Film Archives, Jonas
Mekas provided an institutional structure for filmmakers who were often struggling to make ends meet.
SCREENINGS: Part cinematic essay and part loving tribute, Chodorov admits that his film is just one take on a much larger
THU 28-APR 09:15 PM history. Nevertheless, the true joy and sense of rediscovery with which he presents these trailblazers is
immediately infectious and extremely illuminating.
PRESENTED BY: EMI AUDIO Free Radicals is playing in conjunction with the Experimental Film Program, April 29, 7:00pm.
Print Source: Sacre Bleu Productions, Alice Gallouin, colia.sacrebleu@gmail.com

GARBO: THE SPY


DIRECTOR: EDMON ROCH • SPAIN • 2009 • 88 MIN • SPANISH, GERMAN, CATALAN, ENGLISH
This film takes on the daunting challenge of presenting a portrait of an historic figure who, invisible
in his own time, is still virtually unknown in the contemporary world. Fooling both British and Nazi
commanders in World War II, Spaniard Juan Pujol aka Alaric aka Garbo, was arguably the most
successful spy working on behalf of the allied forces during the war. To present this study, writer/
director Edmon Roch’s directorial debut ingeniously mixes every sort of footage imaginable, including
expert interviews, public domain archival footage, and even scenes from fictional spy features. Both
a captivating tale of espionage as well as a complex, provocative examination of documentary
filmmaking, the film is sure to exhilarate every type of filmgoer.
Print Source: The Film Sales Company, Alex Cannon, alex.cannon@filmsalescorp.com
SCREENINGS:
SAT 30-APR 07:30 PM
WED 4-MAY 05:15 PM

THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD


DIRECTOR: MORGAN SPURLOCK • USA • 2011 • 90 MIN • ENGLISH
Director Morgan Spurlock Present
Celebrated filmmaker and ace provocateur, Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), is back with yet another
tongue-in-cheek exposé about the more unappealing aspects of American life.
First he got fat at the Golden Arches. Now, he sells his integrity to the highest bidder. Dissecting the
world of advertising, marketing, and product placement, Spurlock makes and promotes his film financed
entirely by these capitalist tools. Wearing his branded heart literally on his sleeve (among other places),
he reveals a future where no sentence can be uttered without a company or product name mentioned.
Subversive, cunningly smart, and sharply comical, Spurlock attempts to create a documentary to
beat all documentaries, the blockbuster hit of the year, proclaimed the Sundance Film Festival, and
SCREENINGS: facetiously earns himself a place atop the bloated Hollywood food-chain.
SUN 17-APR 06:30 PM Print Source: Sony Pictures Classics

PRESENTED BY: THE MARQUETTE HOTEL & PHILLIPS DISTILLING COMPANY


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THE GREEN WAVE

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DIRECTOR: ALI SAMADI AHADI • IRAN / GERMANY • 2010 • 80 MIN • ENGLISH, PERSIAN
Combining archival footage with vivid animation, writer-director Ali Samadi Ahadi presents an eye-
opening portrait of the recent uprising in Iran following the 2009 election. Like Persepolis and Waltz
with Bashir, the film uses its animated sequences to go where real cameras could not.
A product of modern, tech-savvy Iranian youth, the “Green Wave” was born out of a desire to
challenge the status quo. The efforts of the movement culminated in what appeared to be the victory of
presidential hopeful Mir Hossein Mousavi over incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the spring of 2009.
The subsequent re-election of Ahmadinejad prompted thousands to take to the streets in protest of
what they believed was a rigged election. Ahadi captures the voices daring to speak out, regardless of
the knowledge they were jeopardizing their careers and even their lives.
Through everything from testimonials, to blog posts, to footage from the protests themselves, Ahadi SCREENINGS:
reveals with startling poignancy the truth behind one of the most remarkable political upheavals in
SAT 16-APR 07:15 PM
recent history.
WED 20-APR 05:15 PM
Print Source: Visit Films, Aida LiPera, al@visitfilms.com

GUNNAR GOES GOD

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DIRECTOR: GUNNAR HALL JENSEN • NORWAY • 2010 • 85 MIN • NORWEGIAN
On a sunny summer Oslo day, fun-guy Gunnar, friends, and family are enjoying a lakeside barbeque
when he is struck by an imminent existential realization: my life is unfulfilled. Successful ad man and
documentarian, he plans to upturn his middle class Scandinavian life in search of answers, which leads
to interminable travels to mentors in Egypt, Jerusalem, India, and a monastery in the desert.
Reuniting with his film crew seven years after he traveled to India for Gunnar Goes Comfortable,
Gunnar now documents his time with these spiritual men to determine whether their teachings have
practical applications for his domestic life in Norway.
Print Source: Norwegian Film Institute, knut.skinnarmo@nfi.no

SCREENINGS:
SAT 23-APR 11:30 AM
WED 4-MAY 04:45 PM
PRESENTED BY: AMERICAN
SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION

HOW TO LIVE FOREVER DIR: MARK WEXLER • USA • 2009 • 92 MIN • ENGLISH
“Take a walk, have a hotdog, you’ll feel better,” says mortician Thomas Lynch in this comedic and
engaging documentary on aging, happiness and eternal life.
Faced with his mother’s recent death and his own advancing age, writer/director Mark Wexler (son
of famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler) searches for the key to longevity, meeting laughter yogis,
elder pornographers, and spry centenarian marathoners in all corners of the Earth. Often humorous,
sometimes troubling, and always curious, How To Life Forever will leave you searching for life’s true
meaning everywhere, even in something as insignificant as a chili dog.
Print Source: Variance Films, Dylan Marchetti, dylan@variancefilms.com

SCREENINGS:
SAT 30-APR 12:30 PM
SUN 1-MAY 03:30 PM

PRESENTED BY: CHOWGIRLS CATERING

IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE ARE MANY MANSIONS


US Premiere
DIRECTOR: HAJO SCHOMERUS • GERMANY / SWITZERLAND • 2010 • 93 MIN • GERMAN, ENGLISH,
HEBREW, ARABIC, GREEK, RUSSIAN, POLISH, LATIN
Award-winning filmmaker Hajo Schomerus (known internationally for his remarkable short films)
presents his new documentary spotlighting a different kind of religious strife in the Holy Land.
In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions follows representatives of six different Christian
denominations tasked with maintaining the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, where
thousands of pilgrims gather at Christmastide. The film captures the squabbles of these otherwise
pious men, each of whom claim their denomination to be the sole and rightful guardian of this sacred
site. Even completing the most insignificant of maintenance procedures become gargantuan tasks for
these territorial men of God. Schomerus explores how the guardians’ constant jealousy and bickering SCREENINGS:
undercut their larger mission of maintaining the holiest of sites for 2 billion people worldwide. TUE 26-APR 05:30 PM
Print Source: Rise And Shine World Sales, Anja Dziersk, anja.dziersk@kloosundco.de FRI 29-APR 02:15 PM
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JOURNEY OF A DREAM
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DIRECTOR: SHENPENN KHYMSAR • CANADA / INDIA • 2010 • 81 MIN • ENGLISH
Director Shenpenn Khymsar Present
This documentary explores two worlds that rarely collide: Tibetans and heavy-metal music.
In his debut feature film, director Shenpenn Khymsar travels the globe in search of his fellow Tibetan
refugees, and documents the vibrant underground rock-n-roll scene of Darjeeling, India. Over the
course of his global journey, Khymsar artfully portrays the role of music in activism, and its power to
create a sense of belonging for those in need of a home.
Print Source: Shenpenn Khymsar, shenpenn@gmail.com

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JUST LIKE US
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DIRECTOR: AHMED AHMED • USA • 2010 • 72 MIN • ENGLISH


Director/Comedian Ahmed Ahmed Present
If there’s one thing that culturally binds us all, it’s that we all love a good laugh. Just Like Us
subscribes to that philosophy wholeheartedly, as the film uses the power of stand-up comedy to break
down barriers between the west and the east. This documentary sees acclaimed standup comedian
Ahmed Ahmed travel to Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Egypt, demonstrating comedy’s ability to
unite, not to mention his own comedic chops. Oft-documented himself on numerous talk shows, this
film sees Ahmed turning an astute camera on himself, and his witty eye on the viewer.
With an impressive and equally hilarious supporting cast of stand-up comics in tow, Ahmed Ahmed’s first
documentary plots a path for a new generation looking to make a difference in a funny, meaningful way.
Print Source: Cross Cultural Productions, Taylor Feltner, taylor@crossculturalproductions.com
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FRI 22-APR 09:15 PM
SAT 23-APR 07:15 PM
PRESENTED BY: THE MARQUETTE HOTEL

KING OF LUCK DIRECTOR: BILLY BOB THORNTON • USA / UK • 2011 • 86 MIN • ENGLISH
Filmmakers Invited
Closing night film selection at this year’s SXSW, Willie Nelson’s enduring influence and legacy as
one of America’s best-loved singer-songwriters is celebrated in this affectionate documentary from
Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton. Including interviews with Nelson’s wife, children, band mates, and
actors Owen Wilson and Kris Kristofferson, among others, King of Luck reveals a man who will be
remembered alongside Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Johnny Cash, and Ray Charles for his invaluable
contribution to the musical landscape of America. A master storyteller, Willie Nelson keeps the legend
of the old west alive through his songs, and King of Luck presents some of his hits with archival
footage of Nelson’s past, both personal and performative.
Shot in 2009-2010 while Billy Bob and The Boxmasters went on tour with Nelson as the opening act,
SCREENINGS: home movies from his tour bus Honeysuckle Rose give the audience a glimpse into what it’s like to be on
the road with Willie. Strikingly presented entirely in black and white, King of Luck is a treasured portrait of
WED 27-APR 07:00 PM the man, the friend, the husband and father, the songwriter and legendary troubadour, Willie Nelson.

PRESENTED BY: EMI AUDIO Print Source: Rogers & Cowan


& LOMMEN ABDO - KEN ABDO TO INTRODUCE

KINGS OF OSLO
DIRECTOR: ELSA KVAMME • NORWAY • 2010 • 62 MIN • NORWEGIAN
They come from many parts of the world. They have the smallest schoolyard of Norway, only two
stonethrows away from the Royal Castle. They are 12 years old, and wish for a world without beggars,
with big houses for everyone and that the leaders don’t involve the citizens when they make war. But
how do conflicts arise between the kids themselves, what is it like to follow them home, and who would
they like to meet, if they could choose from all the people of the world?
This documentary takes us on a journey to the everyday life of children in the center of Oslo, year
2009. We follow a multicultural class at different periods in a ”normal” school year; this last year as
children, on their way to become youngsters. –Courtesy Norwegian Film Institute
Screens with EUROPE’S BACKYARD.
SCREENINGS: Print Source: Norwegian Film Institute, knut.skinnarmo@nfi.no
FRI 22-APR 04:15 PM
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LOUDER THAN A BOMB

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DIRECTORS: GREG JACOBS, JON SISKEL • USA • 2010 • 99 MIN • ENGLISH
Winner of the Audience Award at the Palm Springs, Chicago, Philadelphia, and St. Louis film festivals,
and Best Documentary at the Austin and Virginia film festivals, Louder Than A Bomb is a spine-tingling,
heart-pumping, awe-inspiring ode to the ecstatic power of words.
“Tell me where you’re from, that’s [writing] prompt # 1. That’s it. And we begin to paint the neighborhood
with language,” says Kevin Coval, co-founder of Louder Than A Bomb, the world’s largest youth poetry
slam. Over 600 teenagers compete each year from over 60 Chicago-area high schools. This is not
high school poetry as we think of it. Louder Than A Bomb showcases adolescents who astound and
amaze with their stereotype-defying stories. The film follows four teams into their classrooms and often-
tempestuous lives as they prepare for the annual event, witnessing the power of teamwork and trust
among resilient, impassioned, and unforgettable individuals. SCREENINGS:
“An ode to Chicago’s diverse voices…Genuinely stirring…Irresistible.” –Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune THU 21-APR 09:15 PM
“One of the most inspiring and exhilarating documentaries in months, or maybe years…Vibrant and SUN 24-APR 12:00 PM
moving.” –Steve Pond, The Wrap
PRESENTED BY: SHOWBIZ SOFTWARE
Print Source: Greg Jacobs, greg@siskeljacobs.com & KFAI

LOVE DURING WARTIME

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DIR: GABRIELLA BIER • ISRAEL / SWEDEN • 2010 • 92 MIN • HEBREW, ARABIC, ENGLISH, GERMAN
An improbable couple must make the choice to live in exile to stay together in this documentary from
Swedish filmmaker Gabriella Bier. An Israeli woman and a Palestinian man are without the support
of their families when they make the decision to wed. Constantly faced with the prejudices in their
own homes, they take their chances on a happier life in Europe. For three years Bier followed the
couple, documenting their strife and hope at every turn. Love During Wartime is a heartbreaking and
celebratory story of the trials of young romance and displaced lives. Newcomer Bier is the cousin of
Denmark’s Oscar-winning director Suzanna Bier.
Print Source: 7th Art Releasing, Oliver Ike, oliver@7thart.com

SCREENINGS:
SUN 1-MAY 12:00 PM
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MADE IN INDIA
DIRECTORS: REBECCA HAIMOWITZ, VAISHALI SINHA • USA / INDIA • 2010 • 95 MIN • ENGLISH, HINDI
This award-winning, groundbreaking film portrays the personal stories behind the phenomenon of
surrogate “outsourcing” to India.
Lisa and Brian Switzer are an infertile couple from San Antonio, Texas, who have tried everything
to have a child, and have resorted to seeking success from a surrogate. Costing up to $100,000
domestically, the same “procedure” costs roughly $25,000 in India. The Switzers sell their house to
travel to India with a Medical Tourism company, while across the globe in Mumbai, Aasia Kahn is
implanted with the couple’s embryos.
As Aasia and the Switzers become increasingly tethered together over the course of the pregnancy,
a myriad of ethical and political questions emerge about everything from human and reproductive
rights, to legal accountability and the concept of motherhood. The personal becomes the political in this
SCREENINGS:
compelling and up-to-the-minute documentary.
TUE 19-APR 09:15 PM
Print Source: Rebecca Haimowitz, rebecca@madeinindiamovie.com
SUN 24-APR 02:30 PM

MASTER CLASS OPERA


DIRECTOR: OLIVIA HAGEMANN • GERMANY • 2010 • 95 MIN • FRENCH, ENGLISH, GERMAN
What does it take to become the next world-class opera star? Watch as 500 young international talents
audition for the prestigious Opera Studio, a master class at the world-renowned Bavarian State Opera,
with General Music Director Kent Nagano.
Stage fright, doubt, intense pressure, hard work, and plenty of stage makeup lies ahead of the lucky
seven accepted into the program. All in their mid-twenties, at the edge of their careers, the singers
go through tireless training with the remarkable French Maestro Laurent Pillot. Over time allowed to
perform small roles in one of the world’s foremost opera houses, they test the waters of opera stardom.
Meanwhile, Monsieur Pillot is already hot on the audition trail of the next divo or diva to grace the
ears of opera connoisseurs around the world. Who will succeed in this highly competitive business
of lungpower and vocal precision? And who will be stuck waiting in the wings? For opera lovers SCREENINGS:
everywhere. SUN 17-APR 04:45 PM
Print Source: Preview Production, Olivia Hagemann, o.hagemann@previewproduction.com SUN 1-MAY 12:00 PM
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THE MILL & THE CROSS
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DIRECTOR: LECH MAJEWSKI • POLAND/SWEDEN • 2011 • 97 MIN • POLISH
An extraordinary visual feat, acclaimed Polish filmmaker, artist, poet, and stage director, Lech
Majewski, brings Flemish renaissance painter Peter Bruegel’s 1564 epic masterpiece, The Procession
to Calvary, to life.
The original 500-character painting portrays Jesus’ crucifixion in the midst of the brutal Spanish
occupation of 16th century Flanders. The Mill & The Cross, inspired by renowned art historian Michael
Francis Gibson’s book of the same name, selects a dozen characters and follows their unfolding,
intertwining lives. Using spectacular visual effects to insert live actors (including Rutger Hauer as
Bruegel, Michael York, and Charlotte Rampling) directly into the painted world, Majewski’s latest
pageant of cinematic delight blurs the line between costume drama and objet d’art.
SCREENINGS: Lech Majewski’s previous films include 2004’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, whose main character
WED 27-APR 04:45 PM is an art lecturer focused on the famous Hieronymus Bosch triptych of the same name. The Museum of
Modern Art hosted a complete retrospective of his work in 2006.
SAT 30-APR 07:00 PM
Print Source: Kino Lorber, Gary Palmucci, gpalmucci@kino.com
PRESENTED BY:
MENDOCINO WINE COMPANY / PARDUCCI WINE CELLARS & BADGER MOUNTAIN WINES & CRASH + SUES

MY PERESTROIKA
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DIRECTOR: ROBIN HESSMAN • USA / UK / RUSSIA • 2010 • 88 MIN • RUSSIAN


Eavesdropping around a kitchen table in Moscow these days, two decades after the Kremlin
supposedly lifted the gates, invariably reveals ordinary lives swept up by the pathos of history yet
anxiously awaiting the new hurly-burly of modern Russia.
This prize-winning feature documentary debut from American Robin Hessman, 38, who taught school
in Russia for six years, is an intimate look exploring a generation that came of age after the fall of the
USSR in 1991. Its complicated transition from life before and after is told in the stories of five Moscovite
schoolmates raised under the shadow of the Iron Curtain. Revealing a rarely seen Russia through
candid testimony, verité and vintage footage, home movies and song, Hessman’s scrapbook tells
engaging, funny, and frank stories (which she shot herself) of history’s day-to-day progression and the
SCREENINGS: way in which radical changes veer on personal memories of once-happy childhoods going into a bright,
propagandistic future.
TUE 26-APR 04:45 PM
Winner of Silverdocs Special Jury Award and Full Frame Filmmaker Award.
SUN 1-MAY 02:00 PM
Print Source: International Film Circuit, Wendy Lidell, wlidell@internationalfilmcircuit.com
PRESENTED BY:
REHABILITATION CONSULTANTS

NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT


DIRECTOR: PATRICIO GUZMAN • CHILE / FRANCE / GERMANY • 2010 • 90 MIN • SPANISH
In the Chilean desert, astronomers gaze deep into space for clues to the origin of life. Nearby, women
comb for bones buried in the sand, the remains of loved ones who were victims of dictator Augusto
Pinochet’s violent regime. Will either group ever find what they’re looking for? Within the juxtaposition
of these two quests, director Patricio Guzmàn explores the notion that humanity continually searches
for information hundreds of years old and billions of miles away while resisting the urge to examine a
40-year-old history long hidden from full public view.
Award-winning, prolific writer/director Patricio Guzmàn artfully explores the nature of history, pre-history
and the outer cosmos in this visually stunning and articulate film that manages to inspire hope even
when confronted by so many unanswerable questions. Winner of the European Film Award for Best
SCREENINGS: Documentary.

SAT 16-APR 12:30 PM Print Source: Icarus Films, Livia Bloom, mail@icarusfilms.com

MON 18-APR 08:45 PM

ORGASM INC. DIRECTOR: LIZ CANNER • USA • 2009 • 75 MIN • ENGLISH


America loves drugs. And so do pharmaceutical giants. There’s a pill for everything, and as the
enormous financial success of Viagra shows, pleasure is no exception. Men have their ‘little blue pill,’
but what about women?
Seeing a huge untapped market, pharmaceutical companies began the race to create and market an
FDA approved drug for so-called Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). Director Liz Canner, originally
hired by one of these drug companies to edit erotic videos for a drug trial, ends up revealing that the
very peddlers of these little pink pills may be just as confused as the rest of us about the mysteries of
sexual pleasure. Let us all breathe one collective orgasmic sigh of relief.
“CRITICS’ PICK! By taking a playful approach to a deeply serious subject, [Canner] explores the link
between female sexuality and corporate profits with a style that’s as entertaining as it is revelatory.”
-The New York Times
SCREENINGS:
Print Source: First Run Features, Paul Marchant, paul@firstrunfeatures.com
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DIRECTOR: ANDREW ROSSI • USA • 2011 • 88 MIN • ENGLISH
Director Andrew Rossi & New York Times Columnist David Carr Present
As new media surpasses print as the main source for news, director Andrew Rossi’s breakout
documentary presents the struggle between the opposing journalistic forces within the largest news
media organization in the world. With unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom in this
transformative era of investigative reporting, Rossi shadows the editorial inner circle as they make the
important decisions that could make or break the organization.
Rigorous traditional journalism meets new media analysis in Rossi’s vibrant portrait of the intellectual,
social, and democratizing forces confronting news organizations today.
Outspoken David Carr, both the former Editor of the Twin Cities Reader and a key subject of this film,
returns home to star in a year of covering “all the news that’s fit to print.“ SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Magnolia Pictures, Arianne Ayers, aayers@magpictures.com THU 14-APR 07:30 PM
WED 20-APR 09:15 PM

PRESENTED BY: THE MARQUETTE HOTEL

PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE

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DIRECTOR: KENNETH BOWSER • USA • 2010 • 96 MIN • ENGLISH
In this latest addition to his impressive filmography, award-winning documentary, television, and
feature film director Kenneth Bowser turns a biography of the prolific political musician Phil Ochs into a
powerful political depiction of 1960s America.
Phil Ochs had something to say about everything. From the Kennedy assassination to the war
in Vietnam to Nixon’s resignation, Ochs was a passionate spokesman for the politically-charged
generation in which he lived. He was also a contradiction, both a renegade and a lover of the limelight,
attaining fame through his politics but always struggling for recognition as a musician.
The bulk of the documentary’s soundtrack is made up of Ochs’ own songs, making him the true
narrator of this story. Bowser’s careful craftsmanship uses Och’s family, friends and celebrity admirers
(including Oscar-winning Sean Penn and singer Joan Baez) to help immortalize the life of a fascinating SCREENINGS:
folksinger and man. FRI 15-APR 09:15 PM
Print Source: First Run Features, Paul Marchant, paul@firstrunfeatures.com WED 20-APR 04:30 PM

PROJECT NIM DIRECTOR: JAMES MARSH • UK • 2011 • 93 MIN • ENGLISH


From James Marsh and Simon Chinn, the Oscar-winning team behind Man on Wire, comes the story
of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment, which aimed to
show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child.
Following Nim’s extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes
on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an
animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own – is comic,
revealing and profoundly unsettling.
Print Source: Roadside Attractions

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SAT 30-APR 07:15 PM

RECONCILIATION: MANDELA’S MIRACLE


DIRECTOR: MICHAEL HENRY WILSON • USA/SOUTH AFRICA • 2010 • 88 MIN • ENGLISH
Director Michael Henry Wilson & Producer Carole Wilson Present
Once considered a “terrorist”, Nelson Mandela saved his country from bloody civil war and dismantled
the system of apartheid through the spirit of reconciliation, a strategy that shepherded in a peaceful
transition from apartheid to a democracy.
“Mandela’s miracle,” as South Africans term it, is driven by the notion that even the most terrible
tyranny can be overcome through reconciliation, as both the oppressed and the oppressors need to be
liberated from the vice-grip of prejudice and injustice. Mandela, who spent more than 27 years in prison
as an anti-apartheid activist, is seen as an exemplary hero who broke down an inhumane ideology after
having been its most notorious victim: “a Biblical figure” whose wisdom will be a source of inspiration
for future generations. Director Clint Eastwood, on the set of his Invictus, sums it up simply: “The world SCREENINGS:
needs people like him.” THU 28-APR 06:45 PM
Print Source: High Wire Productions, Carole J. Wilson, wilson.reconciliation@gmail.com FRI 29-APR 04:15 PM
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RESURRECT DEAD: THE MYSTERY OF THE
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TOYNBEE TILES DIRECTOR: JON FOY • USA • 2010 • 85 MIN • ENGLISH
Director John Foy Present 4/21/11
TOYNBEE IDEA, IN MOVIE 2001, RESURRECT DEAD, ON PLANET JUPITER
Hundreds of tiles bearing some variation on the above cryptic message have been found embedded in city
streets as far apart as Philadelphia, New York, St. Louis, and in the South American cities of Santiago and
Buenos Aires. First appearing in the 1980’s, the enigma of the tiles -- who made them and why -- has been
the sole consuming passion of Philadelphia house painter and aspiring artist and musician Justin Duerr.
Duerr’s search leads him from newspaper clippings, to hijacked local news broadcast, to a David Mamet
play, and even to a Jupiter colonization organization. His search also moves inward, examining his desire
SCREENINGS: to connect to the zealous tiler and what this may say about his equally obsessive personality. As an
outsider himself, the search may be his own attempt to find a pattern within the chaos of the world.
THU 21-APR 07:00 PM
An enthralling, artfully constructed portrait of global communication, Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of
SAT 30-APR 09:30 PM the Toynbee Tiles will take audiences down the rabbit hole that lies just beneath their seats.
Print Source: The Land Of Missing Parts Productions, thelandofmissingparts@yahoo.com

RIO SONATA DIRECTOR: GEORGES GACHOT • BRAZIL • 2010 • 85 MIN • PORTUGUESE


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Director Georges Gachot Present


An intimate tribute to Nana Caymmi, one of Brazil’s most cherished musical icons.
Widely regarded as Brazil’s greatest singer, with a career spanning more than 50 years, Caymmi is
seen as an invaluable guardian of her country’s musical heritage. Daughter of renowned composer
Dorival Caymmi, former wife of musician and political activist Gilberto Gil, muse of Milton Nascimento,
and childhood friend of Nelson Freire, Nana Caymmi is inextricably woven into the fabric of Brazilian
life and culture.
With breathtaking aerial shots of Brazil’s coastline and cityscape, as well as a front row seat to some of
Caymmi’s greatest performances, Gachot’s film pays homage to her legacy.
Print Source: Doc & Film International, Hwa-Seon CHOI, hs.choi@docandfilm.com
SCREENINGS:
WED 27-APR 06:45 PM
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PRESENTED BY: FREDRIKSON & BYRON

RUSSIAN LESSONS
DIRECTOR: OLGA KONSKAYA • OSSETIA / ABHZIA / CECHNYA / GEORGIA / NORWAY • 2009 • 110 MIN •
RUSSIAN, GEORGIAN
Andrei Nekrasov, with directing partner Olga Konskaya, returns with a formidable documentary that
energetically delves into the violent and bewildering conflicts in the Caucasus. Boldly visiting conflict
zones rarely filmed (strife-torn Ossetia, Abhzia, Cechnya, Georgia) the co-directors uncover damning
evidence of Russian violence, incidents whose few recorded images are often reprocessed in mass-
media reports as evidence of other people’s crimes (often, supposedly, residents of Georgia).
Parsing the complex history of the region, as well as oversimplified cultural assumptions about
internecine ethnic conflicts, Nekrasov and Konskaya construct a portrait of a cynical Russia willing to
engage in secret wars and manufacture conflicts and media reports simply to consolidate power. With
SCREENINGS: immediacy and passion, but also with a commanding mastery of film form, their documentary dignifies
FRI 15-APR 09:00 PM the struggles of powerless people and holds a sobering mirror up to a superpower and its media. -
Shannon Kelley, Sundance Film Festival
MON 25-APR 05:00 PM
PRESENTED BY: Print Source: Norwegian Film Institute, knut.skinnarmo@nfi.no
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SEI VENEZIA DIRECTOR: CARLO MAZZACURATI • ITALY • 2010 • 95 MIN • ITALIAN


How can you capture the consciousness of a city? In Sei Venezia, award-winning Italian filmmaker
Carlo Mazzacurati goes in search of the pulse of Venice, looking to touch the soul of the city itself.
Peering into the city’s many mysterious corners, down narrow alleys and icy waterways, and into the
lives of six of the city’s citizens, this beautiful documentary captures a Venice that is both immediately
contemporary and strangely timeless. Through the stories of these citizens, Mazzacurati brings the
distant city to life within the peaceful darkness of the cinema.
Print Source: Fandango, Raffaella Di Giulio, raffaella.digiulio@fandango.it

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THE SHUKAR COLLECTIVE PROJECT

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DIRECTOR: MATEI-ALEXANDRU MOCANU • ROMANIA • 2010 • 75 MIN • ROMANIAN
A documentary looking at the formation and eventual dissolution of The Shukar Collective, a
collaboration between three Gypsy folk musicians and a posse of urban music producers and DJs.
The film highlights the vibrancy and raw musical talent of the Romany Gypsy musicians; the director,
Matei-Alexandru Mocanu, sensibly letting the music lead the way with sustained sequences. He
also captures several breathtaking improvisations which further emphasise the virtuosity –and
unpredictability – of the performers. Yet the film is just as much about wider social issues as it is about
music and the gulf that exists between the Gypsy community and the rest of Romanian society. An
atmosphere of distrust and confrontation develops as the film makes this divide apparent. – Brighton
Film Festival
Print Source: HBO Romanina, Bianca Manciulescu, Bianca.Manciulescu@hbo.ro SCREENINGS:
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SOMEWHERE TO DISAPPEAR

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DIRECTORS: LAURE FLAMMERION & ARNAUD UYTTENHOVE • USA / FRANCE • 2010 • 57 MIN • ENGLISH
Photographer Alec Soth Present
A fascinating look at those few Americans who truly want to disappear, European filmmakers Laure
Flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove’s gorgeous documentary follows renowned Minneapolis-based
photographer Alex Soth on his search for the reclusive.
Lugging around his large format camera, Soth travels the US to photograph these modern recluses for
his project, ‘Broken Manual.’ From isolated mountain cabins to caves in the desert, they have sought
solace in the inaccessible, the far-flung, the back of beyond. Flammarion and Uyttenhove succeeded
in capturing in moving sequences both the essence of Soth’s work and the humanity in and shroud of
mystery surrounding the people he portrays.
Best known for his large-format portraits, Alec Soth has exhibited widely. The Walker Art Center presented SCREENINGS:
an acclaimed survey of his work, entitled ‘From Here to There” in 2010. Somewhere to Disappear chronicles MON 2-MAY 07:00 PM
this fascinating artist at work and presents a compelling view of America, men, and the dream of escape.
Print Source: Mas Films, Yael Eligoulachvili, info@mas-films.com PRESENTED BY: THE MARQUETTE HOTEL

SOUVENIRS: HEALING AFTER WAR


DIRECTOR: MARA V. PELECIS • USA / LATVIA • 2010 • 88 MIN • ENGLISH, LATVIAN
MN Sneak Preview • Director Mara Pelecis Present
Lyrical, intimate, and sometimes humorous, Souvenirs is a moving eulogy in film. Following her father’s
suicide, director Mara Pelecis reveals the hidden layers of Ivars ‘Andy’ Pelecis’ elusive mental health,
as his case for service related mental illness is reopened post-mortem.

Seeking to understand Why he was the way he was, Mara finds healing in the lives and stories of
other war veterans, including Rolling Thunder bikers, National Guard members, Vets for Peace, and
Native American veterans. Combining her father’s Bolex film footage and photography together with her
documentation of him and their family for nearly 20 years – this is a true story of the impact of war on a
veteran and family over decades SCREENINGS:
Print Source: Mara Pelecis, marapele@mac.com SAT 16-APR 02:30 PM

STEAM OF LIFE DIRS: J. BERGHALL, M. HOTAKAINEN • FINLAND • ‘10 • 81 MIN • FINNISH


Sometimes you just have to add more steam to truly clear the air. Finnish men in saunas bare more
than just their bodies in this moving documentary where the conversation cuts to the core of raw
human experience. Breaking a sweat (and consuming a few libations) unlocks tales of births, deaths,
marriages, and everything in between. Saunas pop up in the most unlikely of places such as an
old trailer or a phone booth, and sweeping views of the serene natural beauty of Finland provide a
backdrop of silence and hard work that portrays a people blessed with natural resources, but perhaps
few personal ones. Saunas seem to provide a sanctuary where formalities and emotional distance are
abandoned along with clothing, and the ability of one human to relate to and support another takes on
a whole new meaning.
The film’s honest and undisturbed storytelling is a testament to the skill, sensitivity, and invisibility of
the documentary crew. In-depth looks at masculinity are rare, and this film highlights the need for a
reexamination of old stereotypes. SCREENINGS:
Winner of Best Film at Anyalankoski Film Sunday, Winner of Risto Jarva Prize at Tampere International SAT 16-APR 07:00 PM
Short Film Festival, Nominated for Best Documentary at European Film Awards, Nominated for Nordic WED 27-APR 08:45 PM
Council Film Prize.
Print Source: Films Transit, John Nadai, john@filmstransit.com
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STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
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DIRECTOR: BENEDICTE M. ORVUNG • NORWAY • 2010 • 105 MIN • NORWEGIAN
Norwegian filmmaker Benedicte Orvung makes a horrific discovery about her past: facing the shame of
a hidden history with the revelation that one of her family members was a prominent Nazi collaborator.
Karl Marthinsen, a brutal police leader, fanatic nationalist, and great uncle of the film's director, is the
subject of this personal document of familial healing. Along the way, the audience gets a glimpse of
one of the more destructive forces of World War II, learning about the pain thousands of Scandinavian
families suffered and continue to cope with decades later.
Contrasted to tales of clandestine heroism, as in last year’s Max Manus, this documentary, which
reads like an underground WWII spy story, is a unique and virtually unheard of tale from a war that’s
the subject of countless films. The film, building up to Germany’s occupation of Norway in l940 and
SCREENINGS: after, is a journey that’s personal and demanding for both its filmmaker and the audience. (Göteborg
International Film Festival citation)
SAT 30-APR 12:30 PM
Print Source: Norwegian Film Institute, knut.skinnarmo@nfi.no
WED 4-MAY 09:15 PM
PRESENTED BY: AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION

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DIRECTOR: REX BLOOMSTEIN • BURMA / UK • 2010 • 90 MIN • ENGLISH, GERMAN, BURMESE


This is a film about two stand-up comedians –two men joined by spirit and separated by repression.
Maung Thura, better known as Zarganar, is Burma’s greatest living comic. Relentlessly victimized by
the military junta, he is now in prison. Michael Mittermeier, in stark contrast, is free to practice his art of
humor and provocation as one of Germany’s leading stand-up comics. Like many of Burma’s leading
dissidents, Zarganar has been silenced, jailed on a series of trumped up charges for outspoken criticism
of the junta’s failure in responding to catastrophe in aiding victims of Cyclone Nargis despite his own relief
effort. Before being condemned in 2008 by Burma’s generals to 59 years behind bars, now reduced to
35 years, Zaganar met director Bloomstein in secret and managed to, show him the cinemas prevented
from screening his films, the bookstalls not allowed to sell his plays or poetry, and the makeshift TV studio
where his fellow comedians rehearse on a stage that he himself is forbidden to tread.
SCREENINGS:
Equally irreverent and famous for tackling taboo subjects in his comic routines, Michael Mitttermeier
SUN 1-MAY 07:30 PM joined Bloomstein to film this man whose comic satire has made him known as the “loudspeaker” for
WED 4-MAY 04:30 PM his people,despite the price paid, in speaking out against the regime,. -International Human Rights Film
Festival of Paris
PRESENTED BY: SMILE NETWORK
Print Source: Rex Entertainment, Justin Temple, justin.temple@rexentertainment.co.uk

TRIMPIN: THE SOUND OF INVENTION


DIRECTOR: PETER ESMONDE • USA • 2009 • 79 MIN • ENGLISH, GERMAN
Director Peter Esmonde Present
This intriguing documentary by Peter Esmonde follows the multitalented German artist and musical
mastermind known only as Trimpin through his acoustic explorations of Seattle.
A pure visionary in search of the truest sound, Trimpin refuses to use a cell phone or record his music,
and detests loud speakers. As a found-object mastermind, Trimpin can take absolutely any material
and create a new music-maker, installation, or sonic construction. He explains, “I didn’t want to be a
technician or an engineer or a musician or a composer. The interest was playing in between.”
Peter Esmonde’s amazing exploration of this creative genius features compositions written by Trimpin
for the famed Kronos Quartet.
SCREENINGS:
Preceded by:5 VARIATIONS ON A LONG STRING DIR: P. ESMONDE • USA • 2010 • 20 MIN • ENG.
THU 28-APR 09:45 PM
A mind-blowing, eye (and ear) opening new film about composer/performer Ellen Fullman, 5 Variations
WED 4-MAY 07:15 PM
on a Long String explores Fullman’s creation of a startling new musical language through the use of
PRESENTED BY: FREDRIKSON & BYRON her extraordinarily unique, 60 foot long string instrument. Print Source: www.trimpinmovie.com

TRUCK FARM DIRECTOR: IAN CHENEY • USA • 2010 • 47 MIN • ENGLISH


Director Ian Cheney Present May 3
Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, co-creators and stars of the Peabody-winning PBS documentary King Corn,
are back with their newest agricultural cinematic venture, Truck Farm.
In an attempt at self-sustainability in urban New York City, the truck farm (a garden planted in the bed
of Ian’s grey Ford pickup) aims to provide a small-scale solution to finding affordable, fresh vegetables.
An exploration of urban agriculture around the world, Cheney and his musical accompaniment travel
from rooftops fields to farming barges and everywhere in between, swapping soil recipes and tasting
parsley with other urban farmers.
“I don’t want to ever make the claim that we are saving the world and ending hunger…but it is making it
possible for people to learn much more about how plants work and how to grow their own food and building
SCREENINGS: up our confidence about our ability to survive on our own.” - Britta Riley, The Window Farm Project
FRI 22-APR 03:00 PM Truck Farm is a witty, charming, and earnest look at literally getting back to our roots and screens as
TUE 3-MAY 07:00 PM part of The Film Society’s Sustainability Film Series more info at mspfilmsociety.org/sustainability
Print Source: Wicked Delicate Films, Carla Fleisher, truckfarmtour@gmail.com
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WAGNER & ME DIRECTOR: PATRICK MCGRADY • UK • 2010 • 89 MIN • ENGLISH

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“My love of Wagner is tearing me apart,” says Stephen Fry. Brought face to face with Hitler through
a shared passion—the glorious operatic repertoire of history’s most controversial composer, Richard
Wagner—famed British television personality Stephen Fry is forced into a confusing juggling match with
his Jewish history in one hand, and his love for Wagner in the other.
Stephen Fry’s journey takes him to Germany for the annual Bayreuth Festival, a Wagnerian
extravaganza held in Wagner’s specially designed opera house, the Festspielhaus. With unprecedented
access, Fry eavesdrops on rehearsals and pokes around backstage, in search of the secrets behind
the creation of the Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk, Wagner’s operatic masterpieces.
As Fry travels around Germany, he attempts to answer the question of whether a work of art can ever
be separated from its creator. Fry’s charm as a guide into Wagner’s music makes it worth the price
of a ticket alone when the film dissects how the composer’s revolutionary technique works through
the magnificent opening chords of “Tristan and Isolde.” Even those unmoved by Wagner’s music SCREENINGS:
will be pulled into Fry’s inner conflict, his contradictions, and his passion, in this enthralling work of SUN 17-APR 12:30 PM
documentary cinema. MON 2-MAY 04:15 PM
Print Source: Wavelength Films, production@wavelengthfilms.co.uk
PRESENTED BY: CINEQUIPT

THE WARRIORS OF QIUGANG: A CHINESE VILLAGE

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FIGHTS BACK DIR: RUBY YANG • PROD. T. LENNON • CHINA • ‘10 • 39 MIN • CHINESE
Nominated for an Oscar for Documentary Short Subject 2010.
A heroic David vs. Goliath story over three years in the making, Ruby Yang’s powerful documentary
presents an unflinching look at social upheaval in a rural China desperately reaching for modernity.
With their water and land poisoned by a neighboring chemical company, villagers, led by farmer
Zhang Gongli, filed a suit against their polluting enemy. Their subsequent loss resulted in five years of
petitions, demonstrations, local media and environmental activism. This film follows Zhang as he travels
to the nation’s capital to curb local officials and hold volatile meetings with factory representatives.
Yang presents an unforgettable portrait of villagers struggling to fight the industrial behemoth of 21st
century China, yet being unavoidably transformed by it along the way.
Preceded by: TONGHZI IN LOVE SCREENINGS:
DIR: R. YANG • PROD. T. LENNON • CHINA • ‘08 • 30 MIN • CHINESE
TUE 3-MAY 6:45 PM
and THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT
DIR: R. YANG • PROD. T. LENNON • CHINA • ‘06 • 39 MIN • CHINESE

WHEN THE DRAGON SWALLOWED THE SUN


DIRECTOR: DIRK SIMON • USA • 2010 • 115 MIN • ENGLISH, CHINESE, TIBETAN
Why hasn’t Tibet been freed? Who is keeping the movement from going forward? From director Dirk
Simon, When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun is a groundbreaking documentary that examines these
questions in a quest to understand why the world is still dealing with unsettled issues like the Tibetan
cause and what can really be done to eradicate them.
Seven years in the making, When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun is the first inside look at the
Tibetan movement to free Tibet from Chinese occupation, its internal conflicts and contradictions. The
combination of full HD footage from India, China, Tibet and the US along with a prologue narrated by
Dennis Haysbert and an original soundtrack by Philip Glass, Thom Yorke and Damien Rice make this
the first film that presents the complexity of the struggle with such emotional impact. The film features
Richard Gere, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the 14th Dalai Lama, the newly crowned 18th descendant of
the Great Religious Kings of Tibet, some of the most prominent Chinese contemporary artists, and all SCREENINGS:
the key figures of the exiled Tibetan freedom movement and their followers. -Production Notes SUN 24-APR 12:00 PM
Print Source: Dirk Simon, dirk@whenthedragon.com TUES 26-APR 09:15 PM

WHO KILLED CHEA VICHEA?


DIRECTOR: BRADLEY COX • CAMBODIA / THAILAND / USA • 2010 • 56 MIN • CAMBODIAN
Producer Rich Garella Present
Bradley Cox spent five years in Cambodia researching his debut documentary feature Who Killed Chea
Vichea?
In 1999, crying out for decent wages and safe working conditions, Cambodian workers were seeking
someone to lead them. They found Chea Vichea. Despite numerous threats on his life, Vichea stood
as the president of the Cambodian free trade union against the powerful garment companies. One
morning five years later, as he was reading the paper, Vichea was gunned down in the street. Facing
pressure from the international community, the crime was pegged on two men who gave a hasty
confession. The quick resolution to the murder led many to believe in a cover-up that extended out of
the justice system. SCREENINGS:
Cox’s unique first-hand look at the events presents unprecedented access to the events. The film won SUN 24-APR 08:30 PM
him the Directorial Discovery Award at the Rhode Island Film Festival.
Print Source: Loud Mouth Films, Rich Garella, rich@loudmouthfilms.net
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WINDFALL
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DIRECTOR: LAURA ISRAEL • USA • 2010 • 83 MIN • ENGLISH
Director Laura Israel Present
“Windfall could take the sails out of wind power.” –Anthony Kaufman, Wall Street Journal
The wind turbine has become a symbol of hope. The sleek white spokes spinning against the sky
promise a future free of fossil fuels and the importation of foreign oil. Who could object to wind energy?
That’s what the residents of Meredith, New York thought when turbine salesmen came knocking on
their doors. With local dairy farms in decline, the economy needed a boost. Similar scenarios are now
playing out all over North America, as energy companies grow more bullish on wind. If you think this
transition should be a breeze, Windfall offers a surprising reality check. The film is expected to raise
many Minnesota hackles. A panel on the subject is scheduled for April 22, following the screening.
Making her directorial debut after years of experience as a film editor – most notably with such
SCREENINGS: individualists as Robert Frank (True Story) and John Lurie (Fishing with John) – Laura Israel brings
her own distinctive approach to Windfall, paying careful attention to visual detail and sound design.
THUR 21-APR 7:00 PM @ BELL MUSEUM
Working with art director Alex Bingham and DP Brian Jackson, she brings freshness and vitality to the
SAT 23-APR 11:45 AM much-debated topic of renewable energy.
The story may be local, but it has colossal implications. –Adapted from Toronto Intl Film Festival
PRESENTED BY: BELL MUSEUM Windfall screens as part of The Film Society’s Sustainability Film Series. More info at mspfilmsociety.
org/sustainability. Watch for heated panel discussion following film and check location.
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Print Source: Cat Hollow Films, info@windfallmovie.com

WINDS OF HEAVEN: EMILY CARR, CARVERS


& THE SPIRITS OF THE FOREST
DIRECTOS: MICHAEL OSTROFF • CANADA • 2010 • 87 MIN • ENGLISH
Director Michael Ostroff Present
This film is an impressionistic exploration of the spirit that informed the solitary life of one of Canada’s
most celebrated and irrepressible painters.
Emily Carr (1871-1945), London and Paris-trained and influenced by Post-Impressionism and Fauvism,
began painting in an era when women didn’t, at an age when most people shouldn’t, traveling to remote
British Columbian locations that few professional adventurers chose to go. Not only did she adopt the
painting techniques of modernism, when such ideas were considered dangerous, Carr chronicled the
SCREENINGS: extraordinary art and culture of native peoples, who were invisible to the dominant culture.
FRI 29-APR 04:30 PM With Winds of Heaven, Michael Ostroff, working from letters, diaries and published writings, establishes
SAT 30-APR 05:00 PM Carr as one of North America’s important conduits in resurrecting the rich artifacts and rituals of Pacific
native cultures. Ostroff’s film amounts to a discovery for American audiences of this nearly-forgotten
PRESENTED BY: trailblazer for Canadian art and the women of her time.
CONSULATE GENERAL OF CANADA Print Source: White Pine Pictures, Phil Wilson, phil@whitepinepictures.com

FACEBOOK’S ADORNO CHANGED MY LIFE


DIRECTOR: GEORG BOCH • GERMANY • 2010 • 28 MIN • ENGLISH, GERMAN
Facebook’s “Adorno changed my Life” is a documentary about our hyper-connected isolation in social
networks, about self-portrayal in the midst of contradictions: Where names are tags, words are links
Late Additions

and none of the interfaces are innocent.


Print Source: ZeLIG Film • www.zeligfilm.it
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SCREENINGS:
FRI 22-APR 3:15 PM

MY DREAM DIRECTOR: WANG HONG HAI • CHINA • 2007 • 110 MIN • CHINESE
Director Wang Hong Hai Present
In his film My Dream, director Wang Hong Hai pays tribute to the stunning works in dance and music
performed internationally by the 84 members of the China Handicapped Performers’ Troupe. During
a one-year period, Wang and his production staff lived together with the members of the troupe,
recording their daily lives, practice sessions and efforts the performers made to train their bodies.
The troupe was founded in Beijing in 1987 by a group of 30 artists and includes performers who
have hearing or sight impairments. The film covers their history, process and performances. My
Dream is a combination of documentary and visual poetry that transcends the limits of language and
geography. My Dream (2007, 110 minutes) was entered in the Cannes Film Festival and the 20th Tokyo
International Film Festival. –China Insight
Wang Hong Hai is professor, Ph.D. supervisor and vice president of the Beijing Film Academy. His
SCREENINGS: documentary Zen Military-Shaolin Kung Fu received a Jury Award at the 2009 Tokyo Film Festival.
SUN 17-APR 12:00 PM
Print Source: Wang Hong Hai
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A CAT IN PARIS recommended for age 5+
Childish Films
DIRECTORS: JEAN-LOUP FELICIOLI, ALAIN GAGNOL • FRANCE / NETHERLANDS / SWITZERLAND /
BELGIUM • 2010 • 70 MIN • ENGLISH
This beautifully hand-drawn (English language) animated feature from France’s animation studio, Folimage,
is a deservedly popular thriller for kids--currently being nominated for major animated feature awards.
A young girl, Zoe, discovers her handsome black cat is leading a double life. After Zoe goes to sleep,
the cat runs off to accompany a slinky but kindly cat burglar, whose nightly prowls take them on
delightfully daring leaps from windows to rooftops with the gorgeous, shadowy Parisian skyline as their
backdrop. One night, Zoe follows her cat to meet the burglar’and they become friends. Meanwhile,
Zoe’s mother, a police detective, is chasing major criminals including the notorious gangster, Victor
Costa, who shot Zoe’s father. During a heist, Costa’s thugs run across the cat burglar, and Zoe gets
SCREENINGS: caught in the middle of a noir-ish climax with an acrobatic finale atop the gothic Notre Dame.
SAT 16-APR 05:00 PM “A Cat in Paris is a warm and richly humorous love letter to classic noir films and the stylized wit of the
Pink Panther cartoons.” -New York Times
SAT 30-APR 01:00 PM
Print Source: GKIDS, Dave Jesteadt, dave@gkids.com

recommended for age 8+


CROCODILES
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DIRECTOR: CHRISTIAN DITTER • GERMANY • 2009 • 98 MIN • GERMAN


A wild adventure-comedy reminiscent of The Goonies about a band of crime-fighting scrappy kids,
adopted from the popular ’70’s German novel. Winner of the Audience Choice Award, Sprockets Film
Festival, Toronto.
Ten-year-old Hannes, growing up in suburban Germany with his young, single mother wants to join the
coolest kid gang in the area, The Crocodiles. Nearly breaking his neck attempting a dangerous feat
to impress them, Hannes is saved by Kai, a new kid to the neighborhood who is wheelchair bound
but technologically savvy and ready for action. It takes a while for the other Crocodiles to accept Kai
because of his physical disability, but Hannes is indebted to him and knows first hand the boy would be
an asset. Finally Kai proves his worth to the Crocodiles. One night, Kai witnesses a robbery through his
SCREENINGS: telescope. He shares the evidence with the gang and together they hatch an ingenious plan to solve
the case, catch the robbers, and gain the € 1000 reward.
SUN 17-APR 01:00 PM
Print Source: Ratpack Film, Renate Zylla, rzylla@arcor.de
SUN 1-MAY 01:00 PM
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ELEANOR’S SECRET recommended for age 5+

DIRECTOR: DOMINIQUE MONFREY • FRANCE • 2009 • 75 MIN • FRENCH


From Oscar-nominated Dominique Monféry, this English language version of Eleanor’s Secret is a
colorful and imaginative animated feature in which a boy learning to read saves the day.
Nat’s family inherits eccentric Aunt Eleanor’s charming but dilapidated house by the sea. The seven
year-old boy is bequeathed a beautiful old library filled with books his Aunt used to read to him. A
huge fan of the stories, Nat struggles to read the words on the pages. After the collection is sold so his
family can have more resources to cope with the crumbling house, Nat discovers that the rare books
were not merely valuable--they were the actual first editions, and enchanted ones at that! Put under a
spell, Nat meets the original fairytale characters come to life--Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, an Ogre,
and others from the canon of children’s literature. All will soon disappear unless Nat can help them
SCREENINGS: return to Eleanor’s library and learn to read an ancient incantation in time to save his beloved literary
friends for prosperity.
SAT 23-APR 01:00 PM
Print Source: GKIDS, Dave Jesteadt, dave@gkids.com
SUN 1-MAY 11:00 AM

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THE INDIAN
DIRECTOR: INEKE HOUTMAN • NETHERLANDS • 2009 • 90 MIN • DUTCH, QUECHUA
Adopted from Peru as a baby, almost eight year-old Koos is becoming increasingly aware of the
physical differences between himself and his tall, light-skinned Dutch parents. Still, he is happy and
very close to his loving (and really cool) mom and dad. His main concern is a fear of water that leaves
him unable to pass his swimming test. But when his parents discover they are unexpectedly expectant
with a biological child, Koos grows insecure and understandably confused.
Drawn to a group of Peruvian musicians outside the local market, Koos feels a connection. A boy
named Illari befriends Koos and teaches him about indigenous culture and traditions. While his parents
are busy preparing for the new baby, Koos rebels, exploring his desire to become a real Indian. By
the time his parents catch on to just how far Koos will go in search of his identity, Koos gets himself
SCREENINGS: into deep water to face his fears. Told with great sensitivity from the child s point of view, The Indian is
an insightful and entertaining family adventure.
SAT 16-APR 01:00 PM
Print Source: Bos Bros films, receptie@bosbros.nl
SAT 23-APR 03:00 PM
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THE UGLY DUCKLING recommended for age 6+

Childish films
DIR: GARRI BARDIN • RUSSIA • 2010 • 76 MIN • RUSSIAN
A mislaid egg is surreptitiously brought into a barnyard at dawn, and an ‘ugly duckling’ is hatched into a
tightly structured farmyard of fowl that does not accept his nonconformity. Ostracized, the hapless fellow
questions his lot in life as his loyalty is spurned and his selfless acts of heroism go unnoticed. The seasons
change, the hatchlings come of age, and a beautiful flock of swans flies overhead. His true identity
discovered, the cygnet learns he can fly and soars magnificently above the coop.
Award-winning Russian animator Garri Bardin’s beautiful adaptation of Andersen’s famous children’s tale
is a visual feast. Expressive and beautifully sculpted stop-motion puppet characters donned with real
feathers sing and dance in comedic musical numbers accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s ballets played by
the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra. The Ugly Duckling is a masterfully crafted testament to
the power of enduring hope and beauty--subversive enough to be banned from Russian television, while SCREENINGS:
warming hearts and winning fans with audiences in children’s film festivals world-wide.
SUN 17-APR 11:00 AM | SUN 24-APR 3:00 PM
Print Source: Monique Gailhard, monique.gailhard@sfr.fr

CHILDISH FILMS SHORTS 45 MINUTES CHILDISH FILMS SHORTS 65 MINUTES

FREE SCREENING FOR AGES 3+ Recommended for All Ages

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A program of international shorts for all ages, including the Childish
SATURDAY, APRIL 16 AT 10:30am Films stop-motion trailer made at the festival last year.
MINNEAPOLIS CENTRAL LIBRARY,
300 NICOLLET MALL, MINNEAPOLIS SCREENINGS:
A free screening of award-winning children’s festival shorts for ages 3 and up
SAT 23-APR 11:00 AM | SAT 30-APR 11:00 AM
at the Central Library, presented in partnership with the Library Foundation of
Hennepin County. (45 minutes)
STOP MOTION!
DIR: KIDS WITH KATIE MAREN AND SCHELL HICKEL • 2010 • 3 MIN
OH, WOW! DIRECTOR: TAMMARA MELLOY • USA • 2009 • 6 MIN A trailer for Childish Films made at last year’s “Animation Station” by
A young paperboy follows his dream to become a great dancer. Filmmaker local animators and MSPIFF kids.
and members of the cast in attendance!

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON


AMI DIRECTOR: DOMINIQUE BONGERS • NETHERLANDS • 2008 • 3 MIN DIR: DEAN FLEISCHER-CAMP • USA • 2010 • 4 MIN
Coffee grounds on glass are animated to tell the sweet story of a little fox A shell with a google eye and shoes chats about what it’s like to be
searching for friend. very small.

MONDO’S SEARCH FOR THE SUN WHISTLELESS DIR: SIRI MELCHIOR • DENMARK • ‘10 • 5 MIN
DIRECTOR: JANA PRCHALOVA • UK • 2010 • 11 MIN A little bird gets a lot of advice on how to whistle.
One day the sun doesn’t rise and Mondo is stuck in a perpetual winter. He
builds a flying maching and sets off on a quest to find the sun again.
Courtesy: OnceWereFarmers CLEO’S BOOGIE DIR: CAMERA ETC • BELGIUM • 2010 • 6 MIN
The lights go out and a black cat plays Cleo Brown’s Boogie.

WHISTLELESS DIR: SIRI MELCHOIR • DENMARK • 2010 • 5 MIN


A little bird struggles with whistling. PAOLO, THE GOOD LAYER
DIRECTOR: CAMERA ETC • BELGIUM • 2008 • 5 MIN
A factory working hen receives a postcard from her cousin in the
THE LOST THING country and changes her life. Produced as a collaboration between
DIRECTOR: ANDREW RUHEMANN • AUSTRALIA • 2010 • 15 MIN professional artists and a fifty second graders from Belgium.
A boy finds a strange lost creature and helps him find his way to a better
place. Courtesy: Passion Pictures
SAVE OUR BACON
DIRECTOR: PETER BAYNTON • UK • 2010 • 14 MIN
ORMIE DIRECTOR: ROB SILVESTRI • CANADA • 2009 • 4 MIN A loving free-range pig farmer must invent his way out of a battle with
Ormie the pig really really really wants a warm cookie! an evil supermarket swindler to save his pigs.
Courtesy: Starz Animation

TERRAIN RAZZARI
DIRECTOR: BRIAN BARNEY • FRANCE / UK • 2009 • 5 MIN
Shot in the France countryside, a young boy searches for a good place
to play soccer--and play out his fantasies of playing with the famous
Razzari.

THE LOST THING


DIRECTOR: ANDREW RUHEMANN • AUSTRALIA • 2010 • 15 MIN
This year’s Academy Award winner for best animated short about a
boy who finds a strange lost creature and helps him find his way.

LEONARDO DIRECTOR: JIM CAPOBIANCO • US • 2009 • 9 MIN


A Pixar animator imagines an inspired Da Vinci trying to invent a way
for humans to fly.
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SPECIAL THANKS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Acknowledgements

First of all, our heartfelt thanks to all of our members, donors, friends, allies, sponsors,
advertisers and to the countless businesses, organizations and individuals who have
given above and beyond to help us pull off the festival this year. They include our staff
and volunteers, and the many musicians who will play at various events throughout
the festival. They include the restaurant owners and staff, and vendors whose services
we will use. They include Allied Advertising, Nemer Fieger, AVS Shawn Christensen,
Ron Thill, Cinequipt Chris Beales, Marquette Hotel Lisa Heller, CSCL Department U
of MN (John Archer, Jules Darg), The Staff of Crash + Sues, Twin Cities Consulates
and Honorary Consulates, Norway (Walter Mondale), Canadian (Jennifer Kramer),
Finnish (Marianne Wargelin), Czech (Robert Vanasek), Slovak (Donald Pafko), Swiss
Consulate, Chicago (Margreth Truempi), MPLS Italian Film Fest, Jolanta Galicka (Doc
Feature Film Studio, Warsaw); Gyorgy Dulgerov, (Sofia Intl. Fest); Romanian Culture
Center, N.Y. Spanish Ministry (Cultural Coop Fund, Holly Zimmerman), American
Scandinavian Foundation, Margy Bailly Fargo Film Festival, Mira Film Zurich, Tor
Production & Krysztof Zanussi Warsaw, Bela Bunyik, Eva Zaoralova & staff at Karlovy
Vary Film Fest, Raissa Fomina and Intercinema Moscow, Takashi and Makkiko Niwa
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Pionwa Films Tokyo, Christo Bakalski Sofia Bulgaria, Paul Typaldos Santiago Chile,
Dr. Anita Uzulniece, Riga Marina Sonkina Vancouver B.C., Achmet Tas NYC, Dorothea
Moritz Holloway and Kino Magazine Berlin, Lee Searles Productions Toronto, Serbia
Film Center, Tim Grady and staff at World Cycling Productions, Tom Rainey, Andrea
Kopfmann, Eric Riggs, Bob Grant and Pragmactic computers, IFP Minnesota, Staff
of St. Anthony Main Theatre, Matty O’Reilly and all the staff at the Aster Café, Larry
Labonte, Jan Willms, Susan Andrews, Michael Reano, Dan Hassoun, Christopher
Beers, Jenneke Oosterhoff, Margaret Nelson, Michelle Taboada, Gary Palmucci,
Edward Arentz, Arianne Ayers, Patricia Aufderheide, Julie Parker Benello, Debbi Berlin,
Rebeca Conget, Anouk van Dijk, Thania Dimitrakopoulou, Mary Dossinger, Amélie
Garin-Davet, William Guentzler, David Haas, Jonathan Hertzberg, Elizabeth Bendtsen,
Diana Holtzberg, Jenny Jones, Aida LiPera, Tom Luddy, Paul Marchant, Gary Meyer,
Sheryl Mousley, Dean Otto, Jeremy Quist, Charlotte Renaut, Jessica Rosner, Ji-yoon
Lim, Camille Rousselet, Diana Sanchez, Alyssa Simon, Clemence Taillandier, Nadja
Tennstedt, Diana Vargas, Pepe Vargas, Christof Wehmeier, Martin Wendel, Jeffrey
Winter, Ira Heilicher, Dieter Kosslick, Aleksandra Bernacka, Sara Collins, Ken Perry,
Mike Hugo, Ben Johnson, Cara Donahue, Joanna Lees, April Bethea, Jon Boswell,
Sammie Holden, Alison Stolpe, Amy Sonnichson, Quinne Patchir, Ismail quassaddine,
Jessica Bergen, Jason Kroeker, Xiaoh Wang, Rich Reeder, Nels Donaldson,
James Lystad, Elysha Vevang, Emma Larson, Chris Remy, Greg Hernandez, Anna
Christianson, Peter Rose, Sharon Collins, Tom Schmidt, Jane Kathryn Kolles, Chris
Havens, Misty Havens, Jon Steinhorst, Deborah Venker, Mark Wollemann, Rick
Vaicius, Debra Herdman, Tom Rose, Clara Salyer, Qaiser Bakhtiari, Paradigm Copies,
Rick Spaude and Print4Change, and of course Buddy! Please forgive us if we left you
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The Board Members & Staff
2011 MSP INTERNATIONAL Isabelle Harder
Guest Programmer: Childish Films
FILM FESTIVAL childish@mspfilmsociety.org

Anna Henson
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Guest Programmer: Experimentals
anna@mspfilmsociety.org
Officers
Dr. Stephen Zuckerman, Chair Anna Henson
Tim Grady Tom Schmidt
Susan Smoluchowski Content Coordinators

Members Luke Erickson


Melodie Bahan Panel Coordinator
Senator Richard Cohen
Ali Selim Andrew Oppeneer
Rob Silberman Submissions Coordinator
Karen Sternal
Anthony Brown
Catalogue and Website Designer
STAFF
Ben Gillies
Susan Smoluchowski Website Manager
Executive Director
susan.s@mspfilmsociety.org Kevan Smoliak
Web Content Manager
Al Milgrom
Artistic Director/Principal Co-Programmer Anthony Brown
al@mspfilmsociety.org Alex Oskie
Eric Wilson
Tim Grady Graphic Designers
Principal Co-Programmer
tim.g@mspfilmsociety.org Ulysses Awsumb
Frank Maciel
Ryan Oestreich Volunteer Coordinators/Venue Managers
Office and Theater Manager/Festival Coordinator

f i n d m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n l i n e a t w w w. m s p f i l m f e s t . o r g
ryan@mspfilmsociety.org Jesse Bishop
Earl Luckes
Jesse Bishop Bill Murphy
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jesse@mspfilmsociety.org Ryan Smith
Kevan Smoliak,
Eric Wilson Projectionists
Sponsorship/Ad Sales/Hospitality Coordinator
eric@mspfilmsociety.org Alex Codoreanu
Jessica Fisher
Kate Iverson Jon Persitz
PR Coordinator Eric Tuominem
kate@mspfilmsociety.org Festival Office Staff

Peter Tedrow Kelly Lamphear-Dash


Marketing and Outreach Co-Coordinator Allison McNulty
info@mspfilmsociety.org Rene Meyer-Gruber
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Celebrate the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary (1961-2011) by viewing a Ālm from a
Films by Country
country served by the Peace Corps (www.peacecorps.gov or www.mnrpcv.org)

Algeria Croatia Greece Lebanon South Africa


Garagouz .......................44 Just Between Us............60 Plato’s Academy ............64 12 Angry Lebanese: The I’m Not Black, I’m
Documentary .................80 Coloured .......................40
Argentina Cuba Guatemala Reconcilliation: Mandela’s
The Invisible Eye ...........59 Afinidades ......................52 Marimbas From Hell ......62 Mexico Miracle ...........................89
No Return ......................64 El Infierno ......................29
Czech Republic Hong Kong We Are What We Are.....70 South Korea
Australia An Earthly Paradise for the Merry-Go-Round............63 The Actresses ...............28
Mad Bastards ................61 Eyes...............................53 Morocco Night Fishing..................64
The Tree ........................67 Kawasaki’s Rose ...........60 Hungary Mokhtar..........................44
Men in Rut .....................63 Bibliotheque Pascal .......54 Spain
Austria Vespa ............................69 Netherlands Garbo: The Spy .............84
In Another Lifetime ........59 Democratic Republic Bardsongs ....................28
of Congo Iceland The Indian......................98 Sweden
Belgium Kinshasa Symphony ......33 Feathered Cocaine ........83 Pure ...............................65
Dossier K .......................56 Viva Riva! ......................69 Mamma Gógó ................62 New Zealand Sound of Noise ..............38
Hitler in Hollywood .........58 Home By Christmas.......58 Trust Me.........................68
Illegal ............................37 Denmark India
Norway
Madly in Love ................62 Applause........................53 The Bengali Switzerland
f i n d m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n l i n e a t w w w. m s p f i l m f e s t . o r g

Europe’s Backyard ........83


Detective........................32 Film Socialisme .............56
The Fabulous Fiff and
Boznia-Herzegovina Egypt Laboratory .....................60 In the Garden of
Fam ...............................44
Belvedere ......................54 Cairo 6,7,8 .....................54 Raavanan ......................66 Sounds ..........................33
Gunnar Goes God .........85
Microphone ....................38 Soul of Sand ..................66 La Petite Chambre.........60
Happy, Happy ................57
Brazil
Home For Christmas .....29
Rio Sonata .....................90 Estonia Indonesia Taiwan
Kings of Oslo .................86
The Poll Diaries .............65 Position Among the Au Revoir Taipei ............54
The Last Norwegian
Cambodia Stars ..............................34 The Fourth Portrait ........36
Troll ................................23
Who Killed Chea Finland
Strictly Confidential ........92
Vichea?..........................93 Göring’s Baton ...............44 Iran Turkey
Trollhunter ......................23
How to Pick Berries .......44 The Green Wave ...........85 10 to 11 ..........................36
Canada Steam of Life .................91 Tehran, Tehran ..............67
Peru
Curling ...........................55 Twisted Roots ................68 The White Meadows ......70 United Kingdom
Familia ...........................83
Force of Nature: The David The Arbor .......................80
October ..........................64
Suzuki Movie .................84 France Ireland Cameraman: The Life and
How to Start Your Own A Cat in Paris .................98 If These Walls Could Work of Jack Cardiff ......82
Phillipenes
Country ..........................32 Dumas ...........................28 Talk ................................34 Cracks ...........................55
Amigo ............................53
Journey of a Dream .......86 Eleanor’s Secret ............98 The Yellow Bittern: The It’s Natural to be Afraid ..44
Score: A Hockey Free Radicals: A History of Life & Times of Project Nim ....................89
Poland
Musical ..........................23 Experimental Film ..........84 Liam Clancy....................34 Tyrannosaur...................69
Little Rose......................61
Small Town Murder Gigola ............................57 Wagner & Me.................93
The Mill & The Cross .....88
Songs ............................38 The Hedgehog ...............58 Israel
Tomorrow Will Be
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil....68 The Names of Love .......64 Love During Wartime .....87 Uruguay
Better .............................30
Two Indians Talking .......69 The Queen of Hearts .....65 A Useful Life ..................52
Winds of Heaven ...........94 The Sleeping Beauty .....66 Italy
Romania
Queen to Play ................65 The First Beautiful USA
Hello! How Are You?......37
Chad Thing..............................84 5 Variations on a Long
If I Want to Whistle, I
A Screaming Man ..........52 Georgia The Man Who Will String .............................92
Whistle ...........................59
Street Days .....................67 Come .............................62 A Good Man ..................80
The Shukar Collective
Chile Russian Lessons ...........90 Le Quattro Volte ............61 Beginners ......................74
Project ...........................91
Nostalgia for the Light....88 Sei Venezia ...................90 Bellflower .......................74
Germany Better This World ...........81
Russia
China Colors in the Dark............55 Japan Bill Cunningham New
Exporting Raymond .......83
Aftershock......................53 Crocodiles......................98 13 Assassins .................52 York ...............................81
My Joy ...........................63
The Blood of the Yingzhou David Wants to Fly ........82 Haru’s Journey ..............57 Bobby Fischer Against the
My Perestoika ................88
District............................93 Eichmann’s End.............82 World .............................81
The Stoker .....................30
Dooman River................55 Facebook’s Adorno Kyrgyzstan Bringing King to China ...82
The Ugly Duckling .........99
My Dream ......................94 Changed My Life ...........94 The Light Thief...............61 Connected .....................32
Tongzhi in Love .............93 Habermann ....................57 The Encounter ...............44
Serbia
The Warriors of Qiugang: A In My Father’s House Are Latvia Exporting Raymond .......83
Honeymoons .................29
Chinese Village Fights Many Mansions .............85 On Rubik’s Road ...........44 The Greatest Movie Ever
Back...............................93 Lila Lila ..........................30 Souvenirs: Healing After Sold ...............................84
Slovak Republic
Master Class Opera.......87 War ................................91 Hesher ...........................74
Modra ...........................63
Colombia Young Goethe in Love ...70 How to Live Forever ......85
The Colors of the The Imperialists are Still
Mountain ........................36 Alive! ..............................74
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Films by Title
USA Cont’d
FILMS BY TITLE E In the Garden of Night Fishing..................44
The Interrupters .............33 Eichmann’s End.............82 Sounds ..........................33 No Return ......................64
Jess + Moss ..................37 # El Infierno ......................29 Incredibly Small .............41 Norman Mailer: The
Just Like Us ...................86 5 Variations on a Long Eleanor’s Secret ............98 The Indian......................98 American .......................34
King of Luck ...................86 String .............................92 The Encounter ...............45 The Interrupters .............33 Nostalgia for the Light....88
Louder Than a Bomb .....87 10 to 11 ..........................36 Europe’s Backyard ........83 The Invisible Eye ...........59
The Lutefisk Wars..........75 12 Angry Lebanese: The Experimental Film It’s Natural to be Afraid ..44 O
Made in India .................87 Documentary .................80 Program .........................51 October ..........................64
Midnight Son..................75 13 Assassins .................52 Exporting Raymond .......83 J On the Ice ......................75
Mosquito ........................45 Jess + Moss....................37 On Rubik’s Road ...........44
The Myth of the American A F Journey of a Dream .......86 Orgasm Inc. ...................88
Sleepover ......................75 A Cat in Paris .................98 The Fabulous Fiff and Just Between Us............60
Norman Mailer: The A Good Man ..................80 Fam ...............................44 Just Like Us ...................86 P
American .......................34 A Screaming Man ..........52 Facebook’s Adorno Page One: Inside the New
On the Ice ......................75 A Useful Life ..................52 Changed My Life ...........94 K York Times.....................23
Orgasm Inc. ...................88 Absence/Presence ........40 Familia ...........................83 Kawasaki’s Rose ...........60 Paradise Recovered ......76
Page One: Inside the New The Actresses ................20 Feathered Cocaine ........83 Kings of Oslo...................86 Phil Ochs: There But For
York Times.....................23 Afinidades ......................52 Film Socialisme .............56 Kinshasa Symphony ......33 Future ............................89
Paradise Recovered ......76 Aftershock......................53 The First Beautiful King of Luck ...................60 Plato’s Academy ............64
Phil Ochs: There But For All Over the Walls ..........80 Thing..............................56 Plume ............................45
Future ............................89 Amigo ............................53 Force of Nature: The David L The Poll Diaries .............65
Plume ............................45 An Earthly Paradise for Suzuki Movie .................84 La Petite Chambre.........60 Position Among the
Resurrect Dead .............90 the Eyes.........................53 The Fourth Portrait ........36 Laboratory .....................60 Stars ..............................34
Sea Sick ........................45 Applause........................53 Free Radicals: A History of The Last Norwegian Project Nim ....................89

f i n d m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n l i n e a t w w w. m s p f i l m f e s t . o r g
The Small Assassin .......45 The Arbor .......................80 Experimental Film ..........84 Troll ................................23 The Pruitt-Igoe Myth ......41
Somewhere to Au Pair, Kansas .............40 Le Quattro Volte ............61 Pure ...............................65
Disappear ......................91 Au Revoir, Taipei ...........54 G The Light Thief...............61
Stake Land ....................76 Garagouz .......................44 Lila Lila ..........................30 Q
Stuck Between Stations.23 B Garbo: The Spy .............84 Little Rose......................61 The Queen of Hearts .....65
Trimpin: The Sound of Bardsongs .....................28 Gigola ............................57 Louder than a Bomb ......87 Queen to Play ................65
Invention ........................92 The Beginners ...............74 Göring’s Baton ...............44 Love During Wartime .....87
Truck Farm ....................92 Bellflower .......................74 The Greatest Movie Ever The Lutefisk Wars..........75 R
Twelve Thirty .................30 Belvedere ......................54 Sold ...............................84 Raavanan ......................66
When the Dragon The Bengali Detective ...32 The Green Wave ...........85 M Reconciliation: Mandela’s
Swallowed the Sun ........93 Better This World ...........81 Gunnar Goes God .........85 Mad Bastards ................61 Miracle ...........................89
Windfall ..........................94 Bibliotheque Pascal .......54 Made in India .................87 Resurrect Dead .............90
Bill Cunningham New H Madly in Love ................62 Rio Sonata .....................90
Minnesota Made York ...............................81 Habermann ....................57 Mamma Gógó ................62 Rough Tender ................41
All Over the Walls ..........80 The Blood of the Yingzhou Happy, Happy ................57 The Man Who Will Russian Lessons ...........90
Absence/Presence ........40 District............................93 Haru’s Journey ..............57 Come .............................62
Au Pair, Kansas .............40 Bobby Fischer Against the The Hedgehog ...............58 Marimbas From Hell ......62 S
Broken Dreams..............40 World .............................81 Hello! How Are You?......37 Master Class Opera.......87 Score: A Hockey
Incredibly Small .............41 Bringing King to China ...82 Hesher ...........................74 Men in Rut .....................63 Musical ..........................23
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth ......41 Broken Dreams..............40 Hitler in Hollywood .........58 Merry-Go-Round............63 Sea Sick ........................45
Rough Tender ................41 Home By Christmas.......58 Microphone ....................38 Sei Venezia ...................90
Solo 1 x 2.......................40 C Home For Christmas .....29 Midnight Son..................75 The Shukar Collective
Thicker Than Water .......41 Cairo 6,7,8 .....................54 Honeymoons .................29 The Mill & the Cross ......88 Project ...........................91
Triumph67......................41 Cameraman: The Life and How to Live Forever ......85 MN - Shorts Docs & The Sleeping Beauty .....66
MN Shorts: Docs and Work of Jack Cardiff ......82 How to Pick Berries .......44 Animations .....................48 The Small Assassin .......45
Animation.......................48 Childish Films Shorts 1 ..99 How to Start Your Own MN - Shorts Emerging Small Town Murder
MN Shorts: Emerging Childish Films Shorts 2 ..99 Country ..........................32 1 & 2 ..............................46 Songs ............................38
Filmmakers 1 .................47 Colors in the Dark ..........55 MN - Shorts Music Solo 1 x 2.......................40
MN Shorts: Emerging The Colors of the I Videos............................46 Somewhere to
Filmmakers 2 .................47 Mountain ........................36 If I Want to Whistle, I MN - Shorts Narrative ....46 Disappear ......................91
MN Shorts: Music Connected .....................32 Whistle ...........................59 Modra ............................63 Soul of Sand ..................66
Videos............................46 Cracks ...........................55 If These Walls Could Mokhtar..........................44 Sound of Noise ..............38
MN Shorts: Narratives ...46 Crocodiles......................98 Talk ................................34 Mosquito ........................45 Souvenirs: Healing After
Curling ...........................55 Illegal .............................37 My Dream ......................94 War ................................91
I’m Not Black, I’m My Joy ...........................63 Stake Land ....................76
D Coloured ........................40 My Perestoika ................88 Steam of Life .................91
David Wants to Fly ........82 The Imperialists Are Still The Myth of the American The Stoker .....................30
Dooman River................55 Alive! ..............................74 Sleepover ......................75 Street Days ....................67
Dossier K .......................56 In Another Lifetime ........59 Strictly Confidential ........92
Dumas ...........................28 In My Father’s House Are N Stuck Between
Many Mansions .............85 The Names of Love .......64 Stations..........................23

CONTINUED.....

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Films by Title
Films by Title Cont. 
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Tehran, Tehran ..............67 V
The Tenants ...................67 Vespa ............................69
Thicker Than Water .......41 Viva Riva! ......................69
This Prison
Where I Live ..................92 W
Tomorrow Will Be Wagner & Me.................93
Better .............................30 The Warriors of Qiugang:
Tongzhi in Love .............93 A Chinese Village Fights
The Tree ........................67 Back...............................93
Trimpin: The Sound of We Are What We Are.....70
Invention ........................92 When the Dragon
Triumph67......................41 Swallowed the Sun ........93
Trollhunter......................23 The White Meadows ......70
Truck Farm ....................92 Who Killed Chea
Trust Me.........................68 Vichea?..........................93
Tucker and Dale Windfall ..........................94
vs Evil ............................68 Winds of Heaven ...........94
Twelve Thirty .................30
Twisted Roots ................68 Y Access to education, the ability to
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Two Indians Talking .......69 The Yellow Bittern: The Life someday have a family of his own,
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