Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival

This category will remain no contest as long as U Film Society's Al Milgrom continues his annual workaholic binge otherwise known as the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival. The recent 2000 edition flaunted more than 100 films from more than 49 countries, including a great many movies that had never played in this country before and might never again. Included in this list were such treasures as this year's Palme d'Or winner at Cannes, Rosetta; the culture-clash comedy East Is East; and Takeshi Kitano's Kikujiro. Nowhere else can one get a 21-day overview of the state of world cinema--one quirky film at a time. And no one except Al Milgrom could introduce these wonders with such tepid endorsements ("this movie is pretty average") and such downbeat charm. All that said, we greatly appreciate the continued existence of the runners-up: Asian Media Access's "Chinese Film Showcase," U Film's Jewish Film Festival and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Film Festival, and Walker Art Center's Juneteenth Film Festival and "Women With Vision" series.


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