By Diana Cheng
AAP Film Reviewer
The 36th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) will take place in the Twin Cities from April 13 to 29.
Presented by The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, The MSPIFF is the largest spring arts event in the region.
This year, the Festival will showcase over 350 films and events from 88 countries, from full length feature films to shorts, narratives and documentaries. To celebrate film art from diverse cultures, the MSPIFF’s multi-faceted programing offers a smorgasbord of cinematic delights that film lovers would be excited about. From over two dozen program categories, there is “Asian Frontiers”.
The MSIFF’s program is “Championing diverse voices, Asian Frontiers embraces must-see blockbusters to challenging hidden gems from an expansive region including Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, China, India, Nepal, South Korea, and more,” according to the description from its webpage.
The following are the twelve films included in the “Asian Frontiers” category, in alphabetical order of country origin, director in brackets:
China – Life After Life (Zhang Hanyi)
The Summer is Gone (Zhang Dalei)
India – Lipstick Under My Burkha (Alankrita Shrivastava)
Japan – Harmonium (Koji Fukada)
The Long Excuse (Miwa Nishikawa)
Nepal – White Sun (Deepak Raunivar)
Philippines – The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz)
South Korea – The Truth Beneath (Lee Kyoung-mi) Director attending
The World of Us (Yoon Ga-eun)
Taiwan – Godspeed (Chung Mong-hong)
The Road to Mandalay (Midi Z)
Thailand/ Netherlands/France/Qatar – By the Time it Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong)
For full lineup and tickets go to MSPIFF’s website http://mspfilm.org/festivals/mspiff/