Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival


The Twin Cities' biggest film festival has a wide selection of Latin American films. Here are just a couple highlights:

Camino a la Paz (Road to La Paz), Argentina
Sebastian is 35-years-old and unemployed, with only his father’s old Peugeot 505 to his name. When fate brings him a man in search of a ride, Sebastian sees no other choice but to take the opportunity. The man is Jalil, an elderly devout Muslim, and his destination is La Paz, the capitol of Bolivia some 2,000 miles from Buenos Aires. Both men are at a crossroads, and the journey of La Paz not only takes them to the north but also places them on a touching and often funny road of self-discovery.

El apóstata (The Apostate), Uruguay
Gonzalo, a philosophy student with a lilt to rebel, decides to apostatize and renounce the Catholic faith that was involuntarily thrust upon him as a child. But erasing his name from the Church’s baptismal records, both literally and socially, is much more of a challenge that he expected. Director Frederico Veiroj (A Useful Life) uses quirky charm, absurd humor and a touch of Buñuelian surrealism to navigate his protagonist on a dubious path of self-determination. 

Minneapolis/St Paul: April 7 - 23. Full lineup and details on their website.