April 14-20: Campus screenings from the 37th Annual Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival

By Ryan Patchin
Posted April 9, 2018

April 14-20: Campus screenings from the 37th Annual Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival

COMPLIMENTARY SCREENINGS AT FILM SPACE APRIL 14-19

Each year, the Film Society of Minneapolis scours the globe in search of cinematic excellence, otherwise not available in our part of the world. Last year, 45,158 attendees saw films from 72 countries. Screenings at Metropolitan State University’s Film Space will be April 14-19.

Metropolitan State will provide complimentary admission to university students for films screened in the Founders Hall Auditorium Film Space throughout the MSP International Film Festival with presentation of a valid Metropolitan State student ID card. University employees can access discounted tickets for screenings in the Metropolitan State Film Space by presenting a valid Metropolitan State faculty/staff ID card.

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Not in My Lifetime

SHOWTIME: 2 p.m., Saturday, April 14
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus
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In “Not in My Lifetime,” documentarian Pamela Colby offers insight into the fight for marriage equality from the viewpoint of the GLBT community of the Baby Boomer generation. For the GLBT community of this generation, denial of the right to marry forced couples to navigate an unsteady and often unjust world in order to protect and preserve their love.

Through periods of tensions and injustices, “Not in My Lifetime” showcases the bonds that have lasted and continue to stand for equality in the present day, focusing on individuals and couples of the Baby Boomer generation that have persisted despite adversity.

Colby is a documentary filmmaker and writer with over 30 years of experience in cinema and television. Her credits include Fertile Ashes (’11) and Secrets for Mom (’13). She is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and teaches Cinema and Documentary courses at Film North.

Growing Up Hmong at the Crossroads

MINNESOTA PREMIERE
SHOWTIME: Noon, Sunday, April 15
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

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From director Safoi Babana-Hampton, “Growing up Hmong at the Crossroads” is a documentary feature that serves as a portrait of culture, family and young adulthood. The film follows four children of Hmong refugees as they forge their places within a constantly shifting world. This film is a sequel to the award-winning documentary feature “Hmong Memory at the Crossroads” (2015), which follows the story of former Hmong refugee Liachoua Lee as he reflects on his family history and its complex ties with French colonial history, the legacy of the French Indochina War (1946-1954) and the American Vietnam War.

Workers Cup

MINNESOTA PREMIERE
SHOWTIME: 2:15 p.m., Sunday, April 15
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

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Adam Sobel’s documentary “The Workers Cup” is the kind of feature that cannot be ignored. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, Qatar’s migrant population exploded with over 4,000 Asian and African workers living in labor camps. Their jobs are strenuous and low paying, and the camp itself is akin to a prison. Keeping the 2022 Cup in the background, the film instead focuses on the workers’ own football tournament. Made up of workers from the 24 construction companies working in Qatar, the football players are stars when they hit the field, but find themselves on the lowest rung of the ladder otherwise.

A look inside modern oppression, Sobel’s film makes it a point to highlight each player’s personal struggle within a suffocating and destructive environment. What becomes clear from their stories is that the path toward a global “celebration” may be anything but.

The Other Man


FREE TO GENERAL PUBLIC
SHOWTIME: 7 p.m., Monday, April 16
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

A staged script reading co-presented by MSPIFF and FilmNorth, “The Other Man” by Matthew Dressel is about a weekend in the country that turns deadly when an inebriated hunter accidentally shoots a passing motorist and discovers a man bound and gagged in his trunk.

Number One

SHOWTIME: 6:50 p.m., Tuesday, April 17
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus
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In Tonie Marshall’s film “Number One,” the marvelous Emmanuelle Devos plays an ambitious corporate manager, also named Emmanuelle, who dreams of becoming the first woman to lead a major French company.

Emmanuelle is tireless and determined in her pursuits. Currently working as a corporate team leader, she has her eyes set on a promotion but is always passed over despite her hard work and success. When she finally does get the chance, her place at the top is quickly threatened by personal and political factors—her father has a stroke, the lobbyist who championed Emmanuelle for the job suddenly dies and her husband and daughter wait somewhat impatiently on the sidelines. Meanwhile, others work behind the scenes to pull the rug out from under her. Within the chaos, Emmanuelle forges a way through the obstacles and setbacks, only to find herself at another trial—facing herself.

Miracle

SHOWTIME: 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 17
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus
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In Lithuania in 1992, Irena manages a small pig farm, but the switch from communism to capitalism catapults her business into turmoil. Her alcoholic husband is little help, and she has resigned herself to carrying the burden alone. Enter Bernardas, an American who offers a supposed “miracle” by promising to keep the farm alive. As Bernardas integrates himself into all aspects of Irena’s life, his intentions become less clear, and she soon begins to suspect his arrival may not be miraculous at all.

Moments of humor add levity to the story of Irena’s romantic and financial woes, and we as an audience are witness to Irena’s whirlwind of emotions as her business slips out from underneath her already shaky foundations. At its core, director Egle Vertelyte’s film makes for an endearingly strange tale of twisted intentions and the frailty of misplaced trust.

Happy Birthday


MINNESOTA PREMIERE
SHOWTIME: 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

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From filmmaker Christos Georgio, “Happy Birthday” tells the story of a broken family in a world of turmoil, and the family’s fight to survive. The central narrative is set in an unsettled Greece and follows riot squad officer Yiorgos (Dimitris Imellos) and his increasingly strained relationship with his teenage daughter Margarita (Nefeli Kouri). Their already fragile bond severs when Yiorgos, while celebrating his birthday with fellow officers, sees Margarita with a group of demonstrators in a fog of teargas.

Realizing they are on opposing ends of the conflict, Yiorgos returns home to a tense encounter with the Margarita. The family matriarch Sofia (Mirto Aikiki) rises above the ensuing arguments to make a suggestion—a road trip to the family’s neglected summer house. Reluctantly the two agree, and what follows is a journey shared by two clashing wills that will not, and perhaps cannot, come to an understanding.

Have a Nice Day

SHOWTIME: 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 18
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

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After his fiance’s botched plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang decides to take drastic measures to help her correct it and steals a case containing over a million yuan ($150,000 USD) belonging to his boss, a local mobster. Word about the missing case reaches the mobster, Uncle Liu, and off we go on a heart-pounding race to get the money back. This turns out to be easier said than done when Xiao Zhang himself gets robbed!

Director Liu Jian gives us a tour of China’s underworld and the odd characters that inhabited it in this edgy, vividly drawn animated thriller. Xiao Zhang’s descent into the worst night of his life is starkly rendered into a modern noir via animation, which is filled with suspicious characters who find themselves caught in absurdity rather than looking for a road beyond the darkness.

Dodging Bullets 


MINNESOTA MADE
SHOWTIME: 6:45 p.m., Thursday, April 19
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

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Described as “stories from survivors of historical trauma,” this documentary film co-directed by Kathy Broere, Sarah Edstrom, Jonathan Thunder, and Bob Trench was produced in collaboration with several organizations and is the first to chronicle the impact of historical trauma on the lives of Native peoples today, giving voice to their stories of survival and resilience in the face of multigenerational trauma.

Streaker


SHOWTIME: 9 p.m., Thursday, April 19
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

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A new type of sports hero is born in this warm hearted, fast-paced comedy from the director/writer of The Sandman. After accidentally losing a large sum of money belonging to his employer on what should have been a sure bet, sad-sack high school German teacher Balz Naef needs to replace the funds pronto. Taking inspiration from the streaker that distracted his heavily favored soccer team, he starts recruiting and training exhibitionists for illegal sports betting. His enterprising hairdresser fixes odds for punters to wager on the length of time a naked runner can stay on the field and shares the proceeds with Naef.

Although streaking becomes a trendy new sport in Switzerland, the soccer club owners are furious and Police Commissioner Sandra Strebel takes on the case. This witty and humorous romp offers excellent scripting and direction and, er, revealing performances from a seasoned cast.

El Inca

UPDATED SHOWTIME: 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 20
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus
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A film from director Ignacio Castillo Cottin, this biopic chronicles the life, love story and eventual downfall of Venezulan boxer Edwin “El Inca” Valero, whose career came to a crashing halt when he was arrested on suspicion of his wife’s murder.

A fighting force of nature, El Inca is propelled toward fame through pure willpower and, despite an accident that threatened to end his boxing career, would become known as one of the boxing greats in Latin America. However, his mental stability and personal life, namely his relationship with his wife Jennifer, become his undoing as marital tensions begin to unravel the boxer’s psyche, eventually leading to a tragic end.

El Inca was the official Venezuelan entry to the 90th Academy Awards.

Five Fingers for Marseilles

MINNESOTA PREMIERE
UPDATED SHOWTIME: 8 p.m., Friday, April 20

Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus
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A hard-boiled Western set in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, “Five Fingers for Marseilles” follows a group of childhood friends who grew up under Apartheid. Once united under a cause, a tragedy results in the loss of their bond. Twenty years later and one of them, Tau, is released from prison. Though determined to start his life with a clean slate, he is pulled back into the fray by another bitter conflict. Wearing the guilt of an unspeakable loss, Tau finds the villains of his youth, white policemen, replaced by a league of black men who call themselves the Night Runners and are led by the brutal Ghost. Forever changed by the past, antihero Tau slowly reunites with his childhood gang to rid the land of the evil that has corrupted it.