Woo hoo!! Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) is less than a month away, showcasing some award-season heavyweights that’s been generating tons of buzz! From October 17 – October 26, Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON at The Shops at West End will be the place to be at for movie fans, I know I’ll be there! TCFF and Renters Warehouse, the official theater sponsor, will feature a total of 40 full-length films and 37 shorts. Filmmaker and talent attendance will be announced in the coming weeks.
I’m especially thrilled that one of my most-anticipated Fall films will be showing in the second week, I think you’ll know which one it is 😀 Here’s a sampling of the awesome lineup this year, for full showtimes & full info, check out the Films page of the TCFF official site.
Men, Women & Children (Thurs 10/16)
Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: Emma Thompson, Jennifer Garner, Rosemary DeWitt, Judy Greer, Ansel Egort, Adam Sandler
A group of high school teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the many ways the Internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.
This one definitely looks intriguing and what a great cast! Ok so I never in a million years thought I’d see Emma Thompson and Adam Sandler in a movie together, ahah. But hey maybe in a more serious role, Sandler could be bearable. The premise reminds me a bit of Disconnect which I saw last year, but hopefully not as bleak.
The Imitation Game (Fri, 10/24)
Director: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Allen Leech
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.
I’m beyond thrilled to see we’ve got this film! As you know it’s on my most-anticipated Fall movies list, and the film’s been getting a ton of buzz lately. Seems like a shoo-in for the awards race from this year. I LOVE the cast [obviously] and it’s such an intriguing and important film, so I’m glad it’ll have a regional premiere at TCFF before it opens in November!
Wild (Sat, 10/25)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gabby Hoffman
A self-destructive woman (Witherspoon) attempts to leave behind her years of drug abuse and reckless sex with a solo, 1,000-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, in this adaptation of Minnesota-native Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir from director Jean-Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyers Club”).
Given the success of Dallas Buyers Club last year, naturally people are curious if Vallee can continue his critical streak with this one. The premise doesn’t immediately grab me but when handled well, stories like this can be quite powerful.
There are a plethora of indie films this year, more than a dozen to be exact. There are a variety of genres featuring new and familiar faces. There’s even a directorial debut from Courtney Cox. Here are just a select few that piqued my interest:
The Last Time You Had Fun (10/17 & 10/24)
Director: Mo Perkins
Cast: Kyle Bornheimer, Eliza Coupe, Mary Elizabeth Ellis
When Clark and Will meet Alison and Ida in a wine bar, the foursome struggle to have the most fun that four, bickering, barely married, pre-middle-aged, decidedly dysfunctional adults are capable of having.
The Well (10/18 & 10/22)
Director: Thomas S. Hammock
Cast: Haley Lu Richardson, Booboo Stewart, Max Charles
At the edge of a barren valley, all that remains of the Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings and the memories of Kendal, a seventeen-year-old girl who can barely recall when the valley was lush. It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Only Kendal and a few others remain, barely scraping by while dreaming of escape. When a gang leader named Carson lays claim to what little precious water remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for what little she has left in this post-apocalyptic thriller.
3 Nights in the Desert (Sat, 10/18)
Director: Gabriel Cowan
Cast: Wes Bentley, Vincent Piazza, Amber Tamblyn
At a remote desert property, three estranged friends and former bandmates reunite to celebrate turning thirty. Travis, the wild man of the group, obsesses over producing revolutionary new music. So he has a plan in mind for his two friends: Barry, now a married lawyer, and Anna,back from years in Asia as a budding solo act. Travis leads his friends to a cave, promising that if they enter, it has the power to give them what they need. Barry and Anna laugh off Travis, still the mythmaker of the crew, but over the weekend unsettling desires rise to the surface. Soon the friends begin to wonder if it’s the power of suggestion that affects them or if the cave has a real power to threaten all they hold to be true.
House of Mansion (Sat, 10/18)
Director: Brandon Slagle
Cast: Ryan Kiser, Reid Warner, Chriss Anglin, Devanny Pinn, Tristan Risk, Suzi Lorraine
House of Mansion chronicles Charles Manson’s life from childhood up until his arrest following the raid on Barker Ranch months after the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders that sent a shockwave not just through Los Angeles, but throughout the entire world.
The Heart Machine (10/18 & 10/24)
Director: Zachary Wigon
Cast: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Lyn Sheil, David Call
This modern mystery tells the story of Cody (John Gallagher Jr., from TV’s “The Newsroom”) and Virginia, who start talking while he is in Brooklyn and she is in Berlin. It is a romance that could only happen online, and they’re happy together, though they’ve never physically met. Once Cody becomes suspicious that Virginia may not be in Berlin at all, he becomes obsessed with finding the truth. Tracking two parallel journeys that show how technology complicates modern love, “The Heart Machine” explores the evolving relationships among physical and emotional intimacy, isolation in the urban hive, and the seduction of hiding behind a screen.
Time Lapse (Sat, 10/25)
Director: Bradley King
Cast: Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary, George Finn
Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24hrs into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.
Just Before I Go* (Fri, 10/19)
Director: Courtney Cox
Cast: Seann William Scott, Kate Walsh, Olivia Thirby
Starring Minnesotan Seann William Scott, Directing debut of actress Courtney Cox. The story focuses on Ted, a man who decides to end his mediocre life. But before doing so, he returns to his home- town to revisit the demons of his past: the cruel school teacher; the relentless bully; the girl who got away. While staying with his brother and his dysfunctional family, he makes an unexpected connection with a girl who decides to document his last few days. A motley cast of characters helps Ted realize that life is complicated for everyone and the memories of the past can be reinterpreted.
* No trailer yet, so I will add that as soon as I have it
I always catch some intriguing docs during film festivals and this year is no different. I LOVE documentaries as they immerse you in a world that are often so different from your own. You’re likely entertained whilst you learn and experience something that’d make a lasting impression.
Hunger in America (10/22)
Minnesota filmmakers will again be featured among award contenders, including 2014 TCFF Centerpiece film Hunger in America, a powerful documentary tackling the hunger epidemic in the US. The film’s produced by Minneapolis’ own Tim VandeSteeg and narrated by James Denton. VandeSteeg and Denton will appear at the special benefit with partial proceeds being donated to the St. Louis Park Foodshelf, an organization battling hunger in the Twin Cities Community.
Stray Dog (10/20 & 10/23)
From the director of “Winter’s Bone” — Ron “Stray Dog” Hall lives in Southern Missouri where he owns and operates the At Ease RV Park. After seven years of living with four small dogs as his only companions, he is adjusting to life with his wife, Alicia, who is newly arrived from Mexico. Anchored by his small dogs and big bikes, Stray Dog seeks to strike a balance between his commitment to his family, neighbors, biker brotherhood, and fellow veterans. As part of the legacy of fighting in the Vietnam War, he wrestles with the everlasting puzzle of conscience, remorse, and forgiveness. With Stray Dog as our guide, we experience the restlessness of ex-warriors as he tries to make peace with what he can’t change and weathers the incomprehension of those who have never been to war.
Flying Paper (Mon, Oct 22)
Flying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza engaged in the fascinating culture of kite making and flying.
The film follows Musa, a charismatic teenaged kite-maker in the village of Seifa, and Abeer an aspiring young journalist in the Jabalya refugee camp. They join a remarkable quest, along with thousands of other children, to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown.
It showcases the creative resilience of these children making and flying kites despite the difficult realities they face in their daily lives. The film has been co-produced with young Palestinians in Gaza trained by the filmmakers through a youth media program called Voices Beyond Walls. Through the perspective of children and young people comes a story of determination and artistic expression as the youth in the film work together to achieve a shared goal.
I think it’s cool that TCFF gives a venue for shorts filmmaker to showcase their work. I saw a bunch of great ones last year, including one from Conor Holt who’s now part of TCFF staff called A Better Life. The short films are offered in a block of a half dozen or so, grouped together based on its themes.
Women in Charge (Sat, 10/25)
Run Time: 77 Minutes
We celebrate the advancement and impact of women in this eclectic group of narrative shorts. All of these films in Women in Charge block are either produced or directed by a woman, have a strong lead female character, or both. Whether it’s a clever romance, ageless love, mystery, or a kick ass heroin, you’ll enjoy this diverse journey lead by women. Films Include:
Lust, Love and Lost (Fri, 10/24)
From the first sparks of attraction to the depths of a long term relationship, Lust, Love, and Loss short block examines the complexities of the significant relationships in our lives with both ourselves and with others. How do we grieve? What is the truth? How often should a couple have sex? Films include:
How ‘Bout Now?!
The Cat’s Cradle
TCFF’s Silver, Gold & Platinum Passes are now available!
Silver $50 for 6 films; Gold $70 for 10 films; or Platinum $120 for 12 films + 2 tickets to Opening or Closing; Documentary Pass $45 for 8 select films; Gala Pass $80 for a 5 pack of tickets to one gala film of choice (Silver and Gold Packages do not include Opening or Closing Tickets).
GET THEM EARLY
(while supplies last)
Individual tickets will go on-sale at twincitiesfilmfest.org beginning October 3.
2014 Ticket Prices are as follows: General Admission $10; Opening Gala $25 (proceeds going to local charities); Closing Gala $20.
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Imitation Game was definitely on my must-see list, and it’s on a date I could actually go, so I’m talking to Matt right now, because I would love to go if it works out! So individual tickets go on sale on the 3rd, right? If I were to go, would I just be purchasing an individual ticket for that movie?? Just curious! The whole festival looks great, and there are several movies I wouldn’t mind seeing at some point on the list.
Hi Kris! Oh I hope you & Matt can come down that weekend, that’ll be fun! Imitation Game is playing Friday Oct. 24th, 8:30pm so you might have to take a half day off work though. Yeah you can purchase an individual ticket for that one, or consider getting a pass if you want to see more films.
OK, good to know! I actually just talked to Matt, and he is on-call that weekend, so he can’t come. Good news is that I don’t work on Fridays though (right now) so woot, it is looking like a bigger possibility for me to go!! Thanks for the info – I will check it out online, and I will email you soon (because I should probably buy a ticket here pretty soon if I’m going!). Excited!! 😀
Just emailed you about this!
There are some interesting titles there, I’ll try to go see some of them for sure!
I hope so and I hope you mean it this time 😉
The Imitation Game! Yes ! I hear wonderful things from this film (Brisbane Film Festival, Joseph, gave it high marks). Also, I’m with you. Emma and Adam together in a film? Wow! I’m curious about those two films. 🙂
I’m so thrilled we got that one! The buzz has been very positive, I think Benedict will probably get Oscar nod, though Eddie Ramayne might get it too for playing Stephen Hawking. Ha..ha.. yeah, who’d ever thought of hiring Emma + Adam, such polar opposite actors in a film, but maybe they won’t be in a scene together.
Adam desperately needs to reinvent himself. I think the man is talented, but his films are a waste of time. I hope Benedict gets as Oscar nod, too, he’s certainly a fine actor.
I like his earlier films like Happy Gilmore and Wedding Singer but now I can’t stand him! I heard he’s got dramatic chops too but I haven’t seen Punch Drunk Love, maybe I will at some point. Benedict’s career is on fire right now, getting an Oscar nod would no doubt push him to another level. Interestingly enough, he has played the role of Stephen Hawking before, I think for BBC.
I wish him luck. 🙂
‘The initiation Game’ looks like the brains behind ‘A Beautiful Mind’ meets ‘The Bletchley Circle’ before ‘The Bletchley Circle’. Very cool looking stuff, indeed!
‘Men. Women. Children’ shows all the wonderment and allure of social media. Its seductive allure. Seductive, subtle peer pressure and near addiction. Its unintended and unexpected consequences. And not in a good way.
‘The Last Time You Had Fun’ takes the premise of the Roger Corman/Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper film. ‘The Trip’. Updating it and expanding its cast.
While ‘Time Lapse’ reveals the folly of creating a situation where events are controlled by greedy amateurs at first. And the situation billows beyond control from others. And takes on a life of its own.
Hello Kevin! Hey I like that combo of ‘A Beautiful Mind’ meets ‘The Bletchley Circle’ That sounds VERY good indeed, esp with that cast. Yeah, Men, Women & Children sounds a heck of a lot like Disconnect, an indie I saw last year. Such a premise is tough to pull off so we’ll see how Jason Reitman fares.
I heard about The Imitation Game and Wild where both films got a good reception but Men, Women, & Children however got trashed in Toronto.
Oh really? Hmmm that’s a bummer. Ah well hopefully it wasn’t so bad, I quite like the cast.
Well, I heard it wasn’t the cast’s fault but the story itself and Jason Reitman that really let the film down.
Oh man, that looks great!
I’m very excited Mark, hope you’d stop by later for the TCFF reviews! 🙂
Pretty cool line-up! Have lots of fun, Ruth!
It is indeed Fernando! Super excited about Imitation Game, I think that would sell out pretty quickly.
Thanks for this preview, Ruth! Even if I don’t comment on all of your TCFF updates, I do read them as I’m always on the lookout for interesting indies 🙂
Hey thanks for checking it out Paula. Your readership is much appreciated. Yeah, film fest is a great way to get indie recommendations, glad we have a ton of them this year!
Now that I’ve finally paid attention to it (thanks, Flixy!), The Imitation Game for sure.
Very cool Becky! Well, we’ll be watching that one together then 😀
So much fun! Look forward to your reviews! I really want to see that Manson one… sounds interesting.
Hello hello! I hope you’d stop by during TCFF, viewership usually dips around that time 😦 Unfortunately I won’t be watching the Manson one but I have 3 fellow bloggers who’ll be reviewing stuff, so there’ll be a review of that one for sure 😀
Of course I will! Sounds like it will be fun.
I also want to watch the imitation game…but I am not sure it’ll be played here 😦
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Such an amazing line-up movies! I wish I was there to see them all. Wild is my number one pick to see this winter, next to Interstellar and maybe even more so than Gone Girl. The Imitation Game looks very interesting since I’m a World War II buff. And, the teaser scene to The Well was so thrilling; looks like it could’ve been a successful YA book (if it’s not based off of one already). 🙂
Hi Katy! Is there a film fest in your area? It’s fun to get involved girl. I’m curious to see Wild, but Interstellar might be my most anticipated from the rest of the year! The Well looks pretty intense isn’t it? The lead actress is coming to TCFF, too!
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I’m so jealous, Ruth! I haven’t seen any of these, but I’m really looking forward to The Imitation Game and Wild.