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Posted at 4:37 PM on April 28, 2006 by Euan Kerr

Just in case you got skunked on tickets for "Sweet Land" at the closing gala for 2006 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival an extra screening has been added for Wednesday night.

It seems to be the first film announced for Best of the Fest. The festival's Laura Mylan tells me the rest of the list will likely be posted this evening on the festival website.

Seeing Alan Cumming in "Sweet Land" reminds me, as always happens whenever I run across his picture, about the time I met him in a forest in Bohemia in 1991. He was making his first film, which was called "Prague." In it he plays a young Scot trying to track down a reel of film which shows his grandparents last moments before they are arrested during the German occupation.

"Prague" was a British/French collaboration which also starred Sandrine Bonnaire and Bruno Ganz. Cumming delighted in calling himself "the new boy," as in the latest pupil in school. He was trying to absorb as much as he possibly could from Ganz in particular, although Bruno seemed to like to sit in his trailer whenever possible to enjoy the quiet. It was a bit like watching a hyper puppy bounce around an older and slightly ill-tempered mastiff.

Check out the Maven's review of "Flight 93." I'm going to see if I can take in Werner Herzog's new one "Wild Blue Yonder" screening Saturday night.

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