Posted at 3:41 PM on April 23, 2007
by Euan Kerr
Chatted briefly with Vince Musik over at the MSP International Film Festival today. Vince is a friendly guy, but, unlike many in his trade, he's not one given to effusive overstatement.
So when he says things are "going very well" at the festival, you're inclined to believe him.
There have been a number of sold-out shows, including the opening night screening of "Bamako," Lars von Triers comedy "Boss of it all," the anime psychological thriller "Paprika," "Reprise" and the Francis Veber comedy "The Valet," where reportedly a couple of hundred people were turned away. "The Great Match" and "Waitress" were also close to sold out.
Some of these films may get screened again in the "Best of the Fest" event which starts on the 30th, the day after the MSPIFF officially wraps up. Musik says that program will,as always, depend on audience balloting and print availability. That show will also go on the road to Rochester which screenings scheduled at the Chateau Theatres May 4th
A bunch of directors will appear this week. Tonight the Minnesota Docs series will present the winners of the Historical Society's "Greatest Generation" competition. Directors will also be present for the screenings of "Ruby's Town" (Friday 5pm) about the competition between Worthington Mn and Cuero Tx for the title of Turkey Capital of the World, and "The Memory Thief" (Saturday 9.15.)