'King of the Belgians'


Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Daily from April 13-29
Time Varies
$6-$13 single tickets; special packages available.
Festivals, Film, LGBTQ

Audiences seeking true representation of the larger world need only peruse the progressive programming of the 36th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF). The multi-week event features an impressive 350 films from over 70 countries. Commencing and closing with two Minnesota premieres (respectively, the lavish adventure The Lost City of Z and the buzz-worthy mockumentary King of the Belgians), MSPIFF categorizes its programming around such major themes as contemporary global concerns, black cinema, LGBTQ lives, and women and film, a collection showcasing female filmmakers. Minnesota Made offers a local spotlight, while worldwide perspectives are explored with categories such as Asian Frontiers, Cine Latino, Images of Africa, and Midnight Sun (Nordic). Moving beyond feature-length films, MSPIFF also showcases a wide selection of documentaries and short films, while Frame Forward: Cinema Expanded explores experimental works. This year’s festival also offers tributes to Frederick Wiseman and Sarah Pillsbury, a slate of special events, panel discussions, and a virtual and augmented reality exhibition. The MSPIFF website,, gives full details on all selections, encouraging audiences to make their own schedules as wonderfully idiosyncratic as the festival itself.