The Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival continues its new-found streak of getting the word out early by publishing its full schedule on-line today. The entire 2013 festival catalog is on the MSPIFF website, as well as here.
There are some 200 films in the festival which launches April 11th with a screening of the new Ken Loach comedic drama “The Angels’ Share,” a heist movie about very rare single malt scotch. (Be warned there is some bad language in this trailer.)
Another highlight will be the April 18th mid-festival screening of “Midnight’s Children” the long awaited Deepa Mehta adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize-winning novel.
The festival’s closing gala April 27th is “In a World,” director/star Lake Bell’s comedy about a female vocal coach. (Movies will keep screening through the 28th.)
In between there is a huge selection of features, shorts, documentaries, panels, and parties.
A not very scientific selection: there is the new film from Phil Harder about the Duluth band Low with the enigmatic title “Low movie (How to Quit Smoking.)”
It’s just one of a host of locally produced films which make up the MN Made portion of the festival. There is a geographic and sociological focus for “Songs of Exile: Cinema of Displacement and Dispossession” which will feature 15 documentaries and features looking at the way populations movie, or are sometimes pushed, around the planet.
Smaller series include a short series linked to the “More Real” exhibit at the MIA called “More REEL”, screenings of many of the Oscar nominated foreign language films, and the Childish Festival for younger audiences. There will also be the return of the Late Night screenings for people looking for something more in the horror line.
As ever there will be many visiting film makers, and a number of after-parties. Details are all available at the MSPIFF site.