The 20 film line-up for Rochester's International Film Festival was announced Thursday morning – and three of the films have Minnesota ties.
The festival begins Friday, April 15 with an opening reception starting at 5:30 p.m., and runs through Thursday, April 21 at the Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 Cine.
The movies, which were filmed all around the world, range from serious documentaries to comedies, dramas and family friendly movies.
Click here to open the schedule in PDF form that includes short descriptions of the films.
The directors of the following three Minnesota films will have open Q&A sessions after their screenings:
"Dragonfly" is about a young girl who returns home when her mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It's an independent movie filmed in the Twin Cities with a soundtrack featuring Minnesota artists. "Dragonfly" will be screened Saturday, April 16 at 4:40 p.m.
"Women Outward Bound" is a documentary featuring the first 24 women to participate in the Outward Bound Wilderness School in Ely who took on the challenge of a month of outdoor survival in 1965. The film includes interviews, footage of the Boundary Waters from both then and now, and a reunion of the pioneering women. "Women Outward Bound" will be screened on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
"Sabina K.", based on a true-story, "depicts one woman’s story of losing everything and her personal battle for hope and salvation." Sabina is a Muslim who intends to marry a Catholic man she met while serving in the Bosnian army, despite disapproval from their families. Then she goes missing. Although it takes place in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the director is Minnesotan. The movie is shown in Bosnian with English subtitles and will be screened on Monday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.
There will be one open Q&A session with a director whose movie is not connected to Minnesota, but the documentary may be of interest to Minnesotans nonetheless. "Resilience" documents how "toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death." It will be shown on the final day of the festival – Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
Also worth noting is the screening of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film – "Son of Saul". The comedy/drama/thriller captures two days in the life of a Hungarian prisoner at Auschwitz. The film will be shown twice, on Saturday, April 16 at 9 p.m. and Wednesday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m.
For more information on the festival, click here to follow the Facebook event.
Tickets are $7 for adults before 6 p.m., $8.75 for adults after 6 p.m., $6.50 for seniors and students at all times, and $5.50 for children at all times.
And that's not the only film festival coming to Minnesota this month. The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival kicks off Thursday night. Click here for ticketing information and here for the schedule.