Felix Van Groeningen enjoys the ride to possible Oscar nomination with "The Broken Circle Breakdown"

We are still close to four months away from the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd but for 76 different countries, January 16, 2014 is a bigger day. Those 76 countries will find out which final five countries will be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 86th annual Oscar ceremony.  

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A guide to the 2013 holiday film season

The Great Beauty

Wednesday November 27 marks another day on the movie calendar where (big and small) distributors start making plans on unleashing a few counterprogramming films, along with some big serious films that studios have been carefully hanging onto for the Thanksgiving/Christmas season in hopes of vying for Oscar gold.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | "Mother of George" director speaks about his film at Images of Africa film series

Andrew Dosunmu, director of "Mother of George," the final film of the Images of Africa Film Series at the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul, spoke at his film's screening last Thursday. The Nigerian-born Brooklyn-based director talked about the interplay of religions in his native Nigeria, and the visual representation he used to vividly manifest the isolation of the characters in his film.

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The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul 's "Images of Africa: An African Film Series" features 27 films and exceptional filmmaking

Mother of George from Oscilloscope Laboratories

After a few successful years of exploring different countries (2010’s “In Search of Asia” and 2011 with “Latin Festival”) the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul has turned their attention to Africa bringing us, “Images of Africa," which features 27 films. The screenings started on Friday, November 15 and run through Thursday, November 21 at St. Anthony Main Theatre and also Mixed Blood Theater.

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OPINION | 12 Years a Slave: A necessary movie

Melissa Harris-Perry called “12 Years a Slave” the best movie you’ll only want to see one time.

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El-Kati and McQueen on 12 Years a Slave

Professor Mahmoud El-Kati (l) and Steve McQueen (Credit: Harry Colbert, Jr.)

Following a sold out matinee showing of the acclaimed film, “12 Years a Slave” a clearly emotional audience stayed for a nearly hour-long discussion with the film’s director, Steve McQueen.

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African film series starts in Minneapolis this week

Mother of George by director Andrew Dosunmu is one of the featured films at the Images of Africa series that runs November 15-21, 2013 in Minneapolis.

The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul has unveiled its lineup for Images of Africa, a series of films highlighting the cinema of Africa. Part of the Film Society’s Diaspora Project, will feature 30 narrative and documentary films from 15 countries. The series will showcase from November 15-21, with all its Minneapolis screenings taking place at St. Anthony Main Theatre and Mixed Blood Theater.

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Women take charge at Twin Cities Black Film Festival

The Hamilton sisters-(l-r) Schonte and Tashi

Women ruled at this year’s Twin Cities Black Film Festival (TCBFF) as several female produced and directed films and shorts were screened in September.

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Sound Unseen 2013 has the Twin Cities covered

Jim Brunzell, Vilay Dethluxay, Ryder Seeler and Daniel Carlson at Sound Unseen 2012.

The first question that people have asked me about this year’s 14th annual Sound Unseen music/film/art festival, starting Wednesday, November 13 through Sunday, November 17, is: Why the move to St. Paul? My answer is easy: I grew up in St. Paul and I have been wanting to see a film festival there. 2013 seemed like the right time for Sound Unseen to make the move. The festival had been predominantly in Minneapolis for close to the past decade, where the festival has taken place at various venues like The Ritz, Oak St. Cinema (R.I.P.), Riverview, St. Anthony Main, Cedar Cultural Center and the Trylon microcinema.
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