Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

The 37th annual cinematic event returns to the Twin Cities April 12-28

The exterior of the St. Anthony Main Theatre, the home of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.
St. Anthony Main Theatre

Photo by Greg Gjerdingen – flickr

Providing a stage for international and independent cinema from around the world, the 37th Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival—one of the largest and longest-running international film festivals in the country—hits select screens across the metro starting April 12 and running through April 28.

Ground zero for this cinematic event is the St. Anthony Main Theatre on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis, but additional screenings will take place at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Capri Theater in Minneapolis, Uptown Theater, Metropolitan State University’s Film Space in St. Paul and even the Marcus Wehrenberg 14 Theatre in Rochester. This year’s festival will give movie fans more than 250 films that aren’t otherwise available to regional audiences from more than 70 countries (all foreign language films will have English subtitles) to whet their cultural appetite. 

If you want to kick off the festival the right way, you can join other film fanatics at the opening night party at Jefe: Urban Hacienda after the opening night presentation. Admission to this event is included in your opening presentation ticket, and will allow you to hang out with other entertainment enthusiasts as you dine on appetizers and drinks.

Some of the titles included in this year’s event include “RBG,” “Angels Wear White (Jia Nian Hua),” and “The Blessed (Les Bienheureux).” A full schedule of show times can be found on the festival’s calendar. For an easy way to track all of the festivities on the go, you can download the official MSPFilmSociety app which will allow you to quickly search for films or events, get notifications about party and event schedule changes, purchase tickets to films, and more. And this app isn’t just limited to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Festival—it includes year-round Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society programming so you never miss a beat.