Twin Cities Film Fest: Preview of 2013 Lineup


Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) is excited to offer a sneak peak at several films coming to their 2013 lineup, including some of the most anticipated films of the year. TCFF is less than two months away, it will will run from October 17 – October 26.

Jatin Setia, executive director of the Twin Cities Film Fest, said this year’s slate of studio premieres represents the most promising, star-studded lineup in TCFF history: “The buzz we’re already hearing, from people wanting tickets to the new Meryl Streep-Julia Roberts premiere, to the new Alexander Payne film – which is sure to be a Best Picture contender – is deafening. And to then see subjects like Nelson Mandela and Simon Cowell in our lineup – for any serious movie lover, this is the true beginning of the Oscar race.”

While specific dates and showtimes are not yet public, TCFF is excited to showcase the following films:



After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. NEBRASKA is written by Bob Nelson and directed by Alexander Payne, which last film The Descendants won Best Adapted Screenplay.

Dern won Best Actor award at Cannes in this comedy drama, and in this interview with Filmmaker Magazine, Dern “…considered Alexander Payne to be a “genius” and why he “wouldn’t dare” to deviate from Payne’s script because “he’s too good.” Check out the first trailer:


James Corden as Paul Potts
James Corden as Paul Potts

From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, ONE CHANCE is a comedy based on the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’

Fresh from celebrating his Tony Award-winning Broadway run in One Man, Two Guvnors, BAFTA winner James Corden (The History Boys) stars as Paul Potts and is supported by an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Julie Walters (Mamma Mia!, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot), Colm Meaney (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa ), Jemima Rooper (Kinky Boots, Lost in Austen) and Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady). Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs) and written by Justin Zackham (The Bucket List).

No trailer yet but here’s that Britain’s Got Talent clip from a couple of years ago of the real Paul Potts. Make sure you have some Kleenex handy:

TCFF’s Silver, Gold and Platinum Passes are now available!


(while supplies last)



The film is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Prometheus) stars as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris (Skyfall) stars as Winnie Mandela, with Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) directing.

I LOVE this cast! I’m a huge fan of Elba, who I think would make a fine Bond (if the producers are brave enough for a Black Bond) and Naomi was a sassy Bond girl in Skyfall so what a perfect pairing! I’ve seen about three Nelson Mandela films so far, with actors of various built and height portraying the titular world leader. I must say that Elba seems too big physically (not to mention hunky!) to play Mandela, but hey, it sounds like a meaty role for the talented actor, so I’m definitely looking forward to this!



This is one of those movies I’d watch just for the cast. I mean, just look at the names in that poster! This film is based on Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name made its Broadway debut in December 2007. It continued with a successful international run and was the winner of five Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Play.

It tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is directed by John Wells (The Company Men) and features an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.

This is one of my most-anticipated Fall movies so I’m thrilled TCFF’s got it! There’s already Oscar buzz on Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in the Best Supporting Actress category. Now, I’m particularly curious about Cumberbatch’s role in this, who along with McGregor are the only two Brits in this star-studded cast. Their roles are probably pretty small though.

In early September, TCFF will announce its full 10-day slate, compiled from more than 300 viewed contenders and submissions. Tickets will go on-sale at beginning October 1, 2013.

What do you think of this early lineup folks? Any one of these on your must-see list?

39 thoughts on “Twin Cities Film Fest: Preview of 2013 Lineup

    1. Y’know, the one I care about most in that star-studded movie is Benedict Cumberbatch 😀

      As for Mandela, yes I’ll watch it for Idris too. I’m soooo hoping he’d make the film festival rounds all over the country and would make a stop at my city [fingers crossed] 😛

    1. Yeah, August: Osage County is like a Woody Allen film, so star-studded! But I’m mostly thrilled by the two Brits in the cast, natch 😀

        1. She looks great here I agree. It’s amazing that her Oscar buzz has already started, I’d be surprised if nobody from this film didn’t get nominated.

    1. Yeah, I’m excited for it Keith. I can’t wait to see the full lineup in a week or two. It’s too bad there’s nothing like this near you, but film fests have been popping up in smaller cities, so maybe it’s in the works?

  1. Payne is a solid director i think,so i will keep a look out for Nebraska, Btw did you hear about its ratings controversy?Apparently it has a few instances of swearing, and that was enough for the MPAA to slap it with a R rating,even though it has no sex or violence. I personally think giving a movie a R rating for a few swear words is ridiculous.

    And the Osage country seems like one of those movies where the casting director was like “I WANT EVERYBODY”. Kinda like the Butler in a way

    1. Hi Julian, no I didn’t hear about the rating controversy. Now I don’t like foul language but I think making it R rating just because of a few swear words is too much!

      Ahah yeah, kinda like Woody Allen in a lot of his movies lately.

      1. Ted S.

        I was hoping they’d get The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and Spike Jonze’s Her, those are the two small films I really want to see this fall. I’m going to ask Jatin if they’ll get those movies in this year’s festival.

        1. Oh yeah, I’ve posted the trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis a while back. It definitely looks good. Hopefully it’ll be in the final lineup. Wouldn’t it be great if the Coens would actually attend TCFF one day as they’re both from St. Louis Park? Fingers crossed! 😀

          1. Ted S.

            It’s funny because Jatin and I talked about why The Coens sort of distanced themselves from the MN film fest, even though they make movies that has MN ties. It would be nice if someday they actually show up here and promote their new movie. Even when Fargo came out, they didn’t even do a premiere of the movie here in MN.

            1. Hmmm, that’s odd. Either they’ve become snobs or there’s some bad blood here somehow. Yeah, I’d think they’d at least show up to the Fargo premiere, I mean lots of directors/stars still make good by their home turf once they become famous.

  2. That’s easy, “Nebraska”. I love Alexander Payne and that’s the film I would want to see. “One Chance” I don’t think would be good at all. It’s from the writer who did “The Bucket List” which I loathed as he also wrote/directed “The Big Wedding”.

    1. Hi Steph! I’m hoping the full lineup would be even better! Oh Corden was on Doctor Who too? He doesn’t look at all like Paul Potts but I guess that’s ok so long as he could get the essence of the character right.

  3. August: Osage County is definitely the one that catches the most attention. I’m like you, I’ll watch it for the cast alone! With an ensemble like that its bound to get Oscar buzz. I guess great actors inspire one another!

    1. Hi Asrap! Yeah, lots of Oscar nominees/winners in that one, though of course that alone doesn’t necessarily guarantee the film would be great. I guess you’re right that certain actors can certainly make others want to sign on to certain films.

  4. Ewan McGregor and Benny…yaii! what a treat 😉
    I know Benny plays in Osage but didn’t know Ewan also plays there.

    I am curious with Mandela, I might watch it.

    1. Yeah I know! I love those two. I think Ewan has a bigger role than Benny but still it’s nice to see both of them there.

      I LOVE Idris Elba so yeah, I’m excited for Mandela 😉

  5. I’m wary of films about the successes of Simon Cowell (ie. Paul Potts) but I think James Corden will be terrific in the role (so it’ll be interesting to see how this one turns out). Looking forward to your review Ruth!

    1. Hello Bonjour! Yeah Mandela looks good, i’m not weary of a biopic on the South African hero yet. Thanks for ur great coverage on world film festivals!

  6. Great post Ruth! All of these are on my must-see list, but I’m especially curious about One Chance. I like James Corden’s TV series Gavin and Stacey, and I can’t wait to see how he does in a leading role in film.

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