Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival to Open with "Childstar"
by Brian Brooks
The 23rd Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival has unveiled its line up with 160 films, including 20 US premieres and 4 world premieres from 60 countries from April 1-16. The festival is presented in several programs and events, including an 80-film selection in contemporary world cinema, 35 new non-fiction features, and a focus series called "Europe at 12," with 6 films addressing the transnational character of the 12-year-old European Union.
French filmmaker Benoit Jacquot will be feted during the festival with a multi-film tribute that the filmmaker will introduce himself. Also visiting is Canadian actor/director Don McKellar ("The Red Violin"), introducing his new film "Childstar" as part of the opening night festivities.
Olivier Assayas' latest "Clean" with Maggie Cheung is among the films slated to screen during the festival, the upper Mid West's largest event of its kind. Erik Poppe's "Hawaii, Oslo," which takes place in the Norwegian capital on the hottest day of the year is among the festival's Scandinavian offerings. The festival features one of the largest selections of Scandinavian fare in the United States.
Sundance doc "The Fall of Fujimori," by Ellen Perry, which captures the rise and fall of Peru's former president,who now lives in exile in Japan is slated. Also from Sundance, award-winning film, "Murderball" by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro will screen as part of the closing night festivities. The film follows a team of wheelchair-bound rugby players, who redefine what it means to be 'handicapped.'
[ For more information, and a full line-up, please visit: http://mnfilmarts.org/m-spiff/2005/. ]