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Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival



The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF ) is Minnesota’s largest film event and one of the longest-running film festivals in America. Each year, the festival presents more than 350 bold, exciting and moving works from new and veteran filmmakers from around the globe. The festival brings the best of international and independent films to Minnesota audiences. They promote the art of film as a medium that fosters crosscultural understanding, education, entertainment and exploration.


Opening Night

 The Lost City Of Z

The Lost City Of Z is a true-life drama, center on British explorer Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s. Directed by James Gray, the film features Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Edward Ashley and Angus Macfadyen. Indian Connect Lipstick Under My Burkha Alankrita Shrivastava’s directorial Lipstick Under My Burkha is set in rural India. The plot revolves around four women trapped in different worlds and who live out their desires through secret acts of rebellion. These women break the mould and go in search of a little freedom. The film features Konkona Sensharma, Ratna Pathak Shah and Aahana Kumra.

Sexy Durga

Kabeer, a local man, and Durga, a woman from the north, are fleeing his angry parents, hitchhiking on dark back roads to the railway station in rural Kerala. A small yellow van with a blaring stereo picks up the couple, and they ride, sitting nearly on top of one another, as the van travels from one nightmare scenario to another: corrupt cops, bizarre religious rituals, and even the two lunatics in the van, whose sadistic psychological torment makes viewers extremely uncomfortable. The film is directed by Sanal Kumar and Sasidharan, and features Rajshree Deshpandey, Vishnu Vedh, Sujeesh K S, Bilas Nair, Kannan Nair, Arun Sol and Baiju Neto.

 Pi Ke Puht

 This is a film about the breaking of earthenware cups referred to as pi ke puht… ‘pi ke’ means ‘to drink’ and ‘puht’ is the sound when they break. The film is directed by Haviland and Colagiovanni.

 Anatomy Of Violence

 Director Deepa Mehta presents a profound analysis of one of India’s most notorious atrocities: the gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in Dehli. Five men on board and the driver raped her, beat her male companion, and threw them into the street. The woman died of her injuries two weeks later.

Closing Night King Of The Belgians

 The Belgian king and his entourage become stranded when the Frenchspeaking half of the country declares independence. The film is directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, and stars Peter Van Den Begin, Lucie Debay, Titus De Voogdt, Bruno Georis, Pieter Van Der Houwen, Nina Nikolina, Goran Radakovic, Valentin Ganev and Nathalie Laroche.

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