What’s Happening This Week (April 17 – 23)
27th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
Continues this week
146 films. 15 days. It could only be the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. This year the Kerasotes Block E, the Oak Street Cinema and the St. Anthony Main theatre will host the festival, which will showcase some of the finest new cinema from around the world. Featuring films from Palestine to Sweden to right here in Minnesota, it’s sure to have something for everyone. For more information, including a full schedule and ticket information, visit www.mspfilmfest.org.
Alfred Hitchcock Film Series
Starts Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Take-Up Productions teams with the Riverview Theater to present a five-week celebration of the master of suspense – Alfred Hitchcock. Beginning with a screening of Rear Window on April 20, every Monday will bring a new Hitchcock classic to the screen at the Riverview Theater. Catch Hitchcock stalwarts like James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, and Cary Grant back on the big screen again. All tickets are $8, or five for $25 (maximum two uses per screening.) For more information, including a complete schedule, visit www.riverviewtheater.com or www.take-up.org.
Iron Maiden: Flight 666
Tuesday, April 21 at 9:30 p.m.
23 sold out shows. 13 countries. 45 days. 70,000 km. And one Boeing 757 carrying Iron Maiden. Flight 666 follows the legendary band on the first leg of their Somewhere Back in Time World Tour – an onstage and behind-the-scenes look at the group’s ambitious global adventure. Shot in high definition with 5.1 surround sound, the film is a testament to the power of live performance and the intense ordeal that goes into it. All tickets are $10. For more information, visit www.riverviewtheater.com.
Starts Friday, Apr. 17
Forty-something postal worker Matty (Barbara Sarafian) lives in working class Belgium neighborhood of Moscow with her three kids. Her husband’s left to live with one of his art students. But after a fender-bender at the local grocery store, Matty finds herself face to face with Johnny (Jurgen Delnaet.) And as their relationship begins to develop, Matty’s husband returns home. Now Matty must choose which way to turn next. Directed by Christophe Van Rompaey, Moscow, Belgium will play at the Lagoon Cinema for a one-week run.
Starts April 17
Five years ago, the French blockbuster The Chorus sang its way into the hearts of people around the world. Now director/co-writer Christophe Barratier returns with Paris 36, a musical fantasy that hearkens back to the good old days of French cinema. When the Chansonia music hall is closed on New Year’s Eve 1935, the district of The Faubourg is devastated. A few locals set out to bring the music hall back to life – including a down-on-his-luck stage manager (Gerard Jugnot) who wants to regain custody of his son, a union activist (Clovis Cornillac), and a sandwich-board man who dreams of being an impressionist (Kad Merad). Together with a beautiful orphaned singer (Nora Arnezeder), the unlikely bunch will fight to bring the joy of music back into their neighbor’s lives.
Starts Friday, Apr. 17
Acclaimed writer/director Cary Joji Fukunaga makes a stunning feature film debut with Sin Nombre. A young Honduran teenager named Sayra (Paulina Gaytan) is traveling across Latin America with her father and uncle. Their purpose: to find a new life in America. Along the way she meets El Casper (Edgar M. Flores), a gang member running away from his past. Together, they face frightening odds all in the hope of a new and better life. Sin Nombre won the dramatic Directing Award and Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
State of Play
Starts Friday, Apr. 17
The acclaimed BBC miniseries gets a slick American remake, courtesy of director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland.) Russell Crowe stars at Cal McAffrey, an investigative journalist covering the high-profile murder of a young congressman’s mistress. McAffrey is old friends with Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck), a rising star in his party. With help from Collins, a tough-as-nails editor (Helen Mirren), McAffrey and his partner Della (Rachel McAdams) will expose a cover-up that goes right to Capitol Hill. Also starring Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels, and Viola Davis.
Saturday, April 18 at Midnight
“The best worst movie ever made!” proclaims its fans. But is Troll 2 really as bad… or good… as they say it is? Find out for yourself when Troll 2 screens as part of Midnight Madness at the Uptown Theatre. Rock and Roll Ray will be on hand as audiences witness the tale of a young boy being chased by man-eating goblins in the town of Nilbog (hmmm… there’s something about that name that just doesn’t seem right…) Featuring stiff latex masks, sex, bologna sandwiches and gems like, “They’re eating my mom!”, Troll 2 with have you screaming… with delight.
Wilco Live: Ashes of American Flags
Saturday, April 18 at 11:30 p.m.
Chicago band Wilco’s 2008 tour is vibrantly captured in the new film Ashes of American Flags. Filmed from concerts in Tulsa, New Orleans, Nashville, Washington D.C. and more, the film captures all the excitement, energy and emotion of Wilco’s live performances. Features interviews with band members and behind the scenes footage of the band trekking their way across the country. All tickets are $6. For more information, visit www.riverviewtheater.com.