The Twin Cities has made itself into quite the film hub, with Mizna’s Arab Film Festival, the Twin Cities Festival and this, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. And between the Minnesota-Made Showcase (curated by MCAD’s Tom DeBiaso) and the Spotlight on the Middle East (curated by Alissa Simon) with films from Turkey, North Africa, and Irsrael, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival really does its job of living up to its name. There are over 250 flicks in this year’s program (documentary, narrative, and shorts from more than 60 countries), so it’s hard to pick out just a few highlights. Here’s one that caught my eye: Andrew Bird: Fever Year (a documentary of the musician’s years of touring). And, of course, The Intouchables, which is the festival opener. The opening night party is Thursday, April 12 at the Aster Cafe, and the party pretty much carries on for three weeks from gala events to receptions.
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