Wahoo!! After months of planning, negotiating, previewing, etc. the TCFF board and staff have finally revealed the full lineup of its third film fest! As did the previous two years, TCFF have become the regional premiere of a lot of this season’s most-anticipated films. Steve Snyder, TIME magazine’s assistant managing editor and TCFF’s scheduler, said it best in his tweet about the event:
In less than a month away, the Showplace Icon Theatre in St. Louis Park (definitely my favorite theater in time with its awesome seat-reservation feature) will be the place to be for movie lovers! So before I get to the movies, be sure to get your tickets beginning Wednesday (tickets are $10 for individual passes and $120 for multi-film and party passes).
Here are a sampling of the notable movies, as Minneapolis StarTribune critic Colin Covert have mentioned in today’s article:
Oct 14 – Dustin Hoffman‘s directorial debut Quartet, a character study of retired opera singers starring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins. This one has a good potential to be noticed by the Academy, after all it’s by the Weinsteins and it doesn’t hurt that it’s written by Ronald Harwood (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Being Julia and The Pianist).
This just looks so delightful!! Harry Potter fans out there perhaps notice right away the reunion of Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall, ahah! I always like lighthearted comedies starring
senior seasoned actors and this certainly look like something I’d enjoy.
Oct 16 – The Sessions, an affecting comedy-drama inspired by the true story of a paralyzed polio survivor and the sexual surrogate who helped him lose his virginity in his late thirties. It stars Alexandria, Minn. native John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.
I have to admit the subject matter is a delicate one as it deals with disability AND sexuality, but I’ve got to admit the trailer looks quite heartwarming and sweet. Apparently the Australian director Ben Lewin, who himself lost the use of his legs to polio, seems to have direct this one with great humor and sensitivity.
Oct 18 – Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro.
This is so exciting!! Just the other day I read that it won the coveted Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. That’s huge considering many previous Audience Award winners have gone on to win Oscar’s Best Picture, i.e. Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire, and The King’s Speech [check out this THR article how other previous TIFF's audience choice have fared at the Oscar]. Apparently the runner-up was Ben Affleck’s ARGO, which has scored early raves at several film festivals.
Lawrence is the main draw for me here, and interestingly enough, I was also impressed by her in Like Crazy which won Best Feature at TCFF last year. I also like seeing Julia Stiles among the cast, she also stars in It’s a Disaster with America Ferrara, premiering Oct. 13.
Oct 19 – Not Fade Away, a rock ‘n’ roll coming of age tale set in 1964 New Jersey, the feature directing debut from David Chase, creator of HBO’s The Sopranos.
Opening & Closing Films
Oct 12 – As I’ve mentioned here, the program will open with the hunger documentary A Place at the Table featuring Jeff Bridges – A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, it takes on the food issue from a new angle, shining a light on the 30% of American families—more than 49 million people—that don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Oct 20 – The festival will conclude with the comedy Lumpy, which was filmed in various Minnesota locations, starring Justin Long and Jess Weixler. The premise definitely has the recipe for an oddball comedy: The best man at Scott (Long) and Kristin’s (Weixler) Arizona destination wedding, Lumpy (Tyler Labine) is the life of the party, until a long, indulgent night leads to his untimely death. Forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly back to Minneapolis to arrange for his funeral, Scott and Kristin meet Ramsey (Timlin) and learn that Lumpy isn’t quite who they thought he was.
I’ll be blogging more about other movies that’ll be playing at TCFF, but below is the full lineup!
2012 FULL SCHEDULE
8:30PM: A Place at the Table, directed by Kristi Jacobson & Lori Silverbush, 86m
10:30AM: Call Me Kuchu, directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall, 87m
1:00PM: The Sapphires, directed by Wayne Blair, 99m
3:00PM: The Iran Job, directed by Till Schauder, 93m
5:00PM: The Eyes of Thailand, directed by Tim Vandersteeg, 65m
7:00PM: It’s a Disaster, directed by Todd Berger, 88m
9:00PM: Bro’, directed by Nick Parada, 89m
11:00AM: Crazy & Thief, directed by Cory McAbee, 52m
12:15PM: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, directed by Steven Spielberg, 115m
2:45PM: We Are Wisconsin, directed by Annie Eastman, 105m
5:15PM: Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman, 97m
7:15PM: Stag, directed by Brett Heard, 83m
9:15PM: Dead Man’s Burden, directed by Jared Moshe, 93m
7:00PM: Finding Home, directed by Chars Bonin, 90m
9:00PM: The “Lighter” Side (MN Shorts), Various MN Directors 100m
6:00PM: Best of MN: Festival Winners!, Various MN Directors, 60m
6:30PM: The Sessions, directed by Ben Lewin, 95m
8:30PM: The Rhymesayers European Tour, directed by Andrew Melby, 105m
6:45PM: Dust Up, directed by Ward Roberts, 90m
7:00PM: Nobody Walks, directed by Ry Russo-Young, 83m
9:00PM: Opposite Blood, directed by Billy Xiong, 120m
2:45PM: American Autumn: An Occudoc, directed by Dennis Trainor Jr., 76m
4:45PM: Field Work: A Family Farm, directed by John Helde, 97m
6:30PM: Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell, 117m
6:45PM: Pincus, directed by David Fenster, 79m
8:45PM: Carlos Spills the Beans, directed by Brian McGuire, 90m
9:00PM: The “Darker” Side (MN Shorts), Various MN Directors, 110m
2:15PM: Reportero, directed by Bernardo Ruiz, 71m
4:00PM: A Band Called Death, directed by Jeff Howlett & Mark Covino, 98m
6:00PM: Things I Don’t Understand, directed by David Spaltro, 111m
6:30PM: Not Fade Away, directed by David Chase, 117 min
8:30PM: A Late Quartet, directed by Yaron Zilberman, 105m
9:00PM: Problem Solving the Republic, directed by Elliot Diviney, 95m
11:00AM: Bay of All Saints, directed by Annie Eastman, 75m
11:30AM: Detropia, directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady, 90m
12:45PM: After I Pick the Fruit, directed by Nancy Ghertnet & Cathleen Ashworth, 93m
1:45PM: Lies, Lust, Betrayal – and Cold-Blooded Murder (Indie Shorts), Various Directors, 81m
2:45PM: Take Care, directed by Scott Tanner Jones, 86m
3:45PM: Ready to Fly, directed by William Kerig, 96m
5:30PM: Dead Dad, directed by Ken J. Adachi, 81m
6:00PM: The Story of Luke, directed by Alonso Mayo, 95m
8:00PM: Lumpy, directed by Ted Koland, 91m
Well, what do you think of this year’s lineup? Which movie(s) here are you most excited about?