Posted at 4:19 PM on April 18, 2006
by Euan Kerr
The 2006 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival promises a lot of great cinema. The website is up and animated, and this week's CityPages will have a special festival insert if you prefer paper.
The challenge, as is always the case with any film festival of any size, is plotting out which films you want to see, and then to find the time to go to as many as possible.
This years festival has a larger geographic spread than recent years by pulling in the Edina as a venue in addition to the Bell, the Oak Street, the Riverview and the Crown in downtown Minneapolis.
Over the next few days the Maven and I will be trying to make a few selections and suggestions, but we know we can't get to everything, so we will be keen to hear any suggestions. Feel free to post below!
Just off the top of my head I am intrigued by "Conventioneers" (a love story about a Republican delegate to the national convention and a Democratic protester outside. It was apparently filmed around the 2004 RNC in New York,) and by "Wah-Wah" (Richard E. Grant's directorial debut which is an autobiographical story of Grant's on childhood in Swaziland.)
On the documentary front there is "The Wild Blue Yonder" (Werner Herzog's new movie which seems to be a hypothetical story about what might happen if a group of astronauts had to find a new place to live after the Earth become uninhabitable,) and "John and Jane Toll Free" which is about two people working in a call center in India, dealing with US customers who take western names and develop American personas to help them in their work.)
What else has caught anyone's eye?
I'm hoping to find a way to catch "Cave of the Yellow Dog" and have flagged a few of my animation-fiend friends on "Hoppity Goes
"Cave" does look good, and I hear there is a Hoagy Carmichael soundtrack to "Hoppity."
I can't go to this movie...I'll be still be working when it starts, but I'm betting that "Heading South" will be really good. It's about globalism, colonialism (a fav topic for French directors) and the sex trade. It'll probably be more philosophical than titillating.
I hope to see "Fire and ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia" & "John and Jane Toll Free".
But I don't know anything beyond the descriptions in the catalog.