From April 13 – April 29, the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul will bring hundreds of films from over 70 nations to the Twin Cities for the 36th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
The Lost City of Z will open the festival on April 13 at St. Anthony Main Theater. Directed by James Gray and starring Robert Pattinson and Charlie Hunnam, The Lost City of Z is an adaptation of David Grann’s bestselling novel about the discovery of a lost city in the Amazon.
King of the Belgians will close the festival, on April 29 at St. Anthony Main Theater. King of the Belgians is a mockumentary about the ill-fated Nicolas III, the Belgian King finds his country divided, and makes an undercover trip across Europe to unite his people.
Acclaimed filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will the Master Honoree of the 2017 festival. Wiseman’s illustrious career as a documentarian and theater director has garnered him numerous awards, as well as a MacArthur fellowship. Three of Wiseman’s films will be screened, and a skype conversation with the director will take place following a showing of La Danse on April 15.
Producer Sarah Pillsbury will receive the 2017 Minnesota Cinematic Arts Award. Polley won an Oscar for the short film Board and Care in 1981, and produced manyfilms since, including Desperately Seeking Susan and And the Band Played On. Those films, plus River’s Edge will be screened at this year’s festival, with Ms. Pillsbury attending all three.
Other festival events include 14 free panel discussions–including Under the Skin: Black Films on 4/22, and Cinematic Voices: Identity in Film on 4/23-and a four day exhibition on Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Tickets for Film Society Members go on sale on March 23. General Public sales begin March 30.
The full list of events and films at this year’s festival: