Weekend Roundup + a preview of the TCFF 2015 film lineup

How’s your weekend everyone? It’s been quite a whirlwind one for me even with Friday off, as I pretty much spent most of Friday preparing for the filmmakers interview scheduled for all day Saturday. More on that in a bit.

In about a month, October 21 to be exact, another fun-filled film festivities will be underway. 11 days, nearly a hundred films, plus Midwest premieres, film educational panels, after parties, and more will pack the ShowPlace ICON Theatres at the West End Shoppes in St. Louis Park. I’m so excited for the new venue for our mixers (after party) which is just a few doors down from the theaters. The TCFF Preview Gala on Friday night took place in what used to be the Love Culture store, and the space is simply gorgeous!

On Saturday, I got a chance to chat with some MN-based filmmakers/actors/producers whose films will screen at TCFF.

Every year I’m thrilled to see such a great variety of films in the TCFF lineup. The trailers below are just a sampling of some of the trailers being shown at the preview night, ranging from studio features, documentaries, MN-made films as well as shorts.

I’m excited to see quite a few female filmmakers being represented this year: Patricia Riggen (The 33), Stéphanie Joalland (The Quiet Hour), Emily Ting (It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong), just to name a few, as well as Vanessa Horrocks (MN-made indie Keepsake) whom I got a chance to chat on Saturday. Apart from Riggen, all of these filmmakers are debuting their first feature film!

Check out some of the trailers below:



Director: John Crowley
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegen, Julie Walters

In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.



Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano

A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday.


The 33

Director: Patricia Riggen
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne

Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.


The Quiet Hour

Director: Stéphanie Joalland
Cast: Dakota Blue Richards, Karl Davies, Jack McMullen

In the aftermath of an alien invasion, a feisty teenage girl sets out to protect her farm from human scavengers who will stop at nothing in order to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.



It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

Director: Emily Ting
Cast: Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg, Richard Ng

An attraction forms when a Chinese American girl visiting Hong Kong for the first time meets an American expat who shows her the way, but timing may not quite be on their side.


Too Late

Director: Dennis Hauck
Cast: John Hawkes, Rider Strong, Crystal Reed

Told in non-linear fashion, TOO LATE explores the tangled relationship between a troubled private investigator and the missing woman he’s hired to find.



Jug Band Hokum

A 2015 feature-length documentary film by Jack Norton which follows the eccentric lives of band members competing in the annual Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands.


In Football We Trust

“In Football We Trust” captures a snapshot in time amid the rise of the Pacific Islander presence in the NFL.



Moving On

A short film written and directed by Marcia Fields & Mike Spear, is about what happens when you wake up to the news you need to move on and move out… at exactly the same time.


The Caper

Two women bond over dating fatigue and a love of film noir, created by the writer/director Matthew G. Anderson who made the Theater People web series.


Well, as far as weekend viewing in concerned, not much to report as we only managed to see one film, Star Wars: A New Hope. We’ve been planning to do a marathon of the original trilogy before The Force Awakens is released this December 😀


So what are your thoughts on these films? And did you see anything good this weekend?

24 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup + a preview of the TCFF 2015 film lineup

  1. Wow, that’s a bunch of good films coming to the festival. The films that I saw were a Ingmar Bergman documentary, a short by Jacques Tati, and Mistress America yesterday as I’m going to finish Mr. Turner tonight.

    1. Hi Steven! Yeah I’m super excited, esp some of the MN-connected films being featured. I just read your review of Mistress America, I really need to check out something by Baumbach.

  2. Since I signed up to be a member of TCFF, I’ll try to go see as many films as possible this year. The Quite Hour and The 33 got my attention so I hope to see both of them at the festival.

    I went to see Mad Max: Fury Road at the Burnsville IMAX theater, I loved the film even more the second time around and can’t wait to pick up the 3D bluray disc with Dolby Atmos surround sound. I wasn’t that impressed with the Burnsville IMAX theater though, I was hoping to go see it at the Great Clips IMAX but apparently they couldn’t show the film there, not sure why. My guess is they couldn’t break the contract with Fox since the new Transporter film is still being shown there.

    1. Hey Ted! Oh that’s great that you’ve become a member! We definitely should meet up and see a few films together.

      I didn’t get to see Fury Road a second time. Oh I’m sure the BD would look awesome on your home theater. I have no interest in seeing the new Transporter film, I bet it’ll be awful without Statham.

  3. Tom

    I like almost everything I see here. ‘The 33,’ ‘Youth,’ ‘Moving On,’ and ‘In Football we Trust’ are things I’d be really keen on seeing. Are you trying to see all that you’ve posted here?

    1. Hi ya Tom! Yes I’ll try to see as many as I could, but even if I don’t, I have a couple of volunteer reviewers so it’s likely that there’s a review of those I don’t get around to 😀

  4. Hope you enjoy the festival, and I’m sure your coverage will reveal new films to add to my watchlist 🙂 Of those I’m most interested in Youth, because I liked the directors previous The Great Beauty.

    1. Hello Chris! I still need to see The Great Beauty, I should check that out before I see YOUTH. There are definitely some must-see selections in the lineup this year 🙂

  5. Oddly, of those listed films I might be most interested in too late because its trailer tells us so little. There’s not even any dialogue. The trailer is more like a music video. However, all the movies on the list look interesting, and the 33 seems like it has some strong commercial prospects once it comes out in theaters.

    1. Hello Kelly, welcome to FC! You’re right, I’m looking forward to Too Late as well, I thought the trailer looked pretty cool. John Hawkes will be attending TCFF too, so I’m excited for that and hope to score an interview 😉 I think The 33 and The Quiet Hour have strong commercial prospects, I hope those will do well.

      P.S. love your blog, hope we’ll connect more often 😀

  6. Well, you know me I don’t watch trailers and go in as blankly as possible, so I’ve skipped that part of your post. The festival looks exciting to be though!

    As for movies I have mostly been watching some series: Narcos and The Missing on Netflix, which I both quite enjoy. Oh yeah, I also saw the documentary Our Man in Tehran, which tells the story on which Argo was based, including interviews with the real people involved.

    1. Hi Nostra, oh yeah that’s totally fine, that’s why I always have the description here too in case some ppl don’t wanna see the trailers 🙂

      Oh Our Man in Tehran sounds like a great doc, I should check that out. NARCOS too, haven’t got around to it yet but I think Netflix’s been producing some terrific stuff.

    1. Hi Natalie! That’s good that you’ll get Brooklyn released on the big screen. It won’t even be in select theaters until November here so I’m glad I’ll be able to see it next month!

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