Brady Jandreau in "The Rider," MSPIFF's closing night presentation

Brady Jandreau in "The Rider," MSPIFF's closing night presentation

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul has announced the full lineup scheduled for the 37th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. The festival, supported by The Star Tribune and numerous private, government and corporate sponsors, will offer the regional debuts of more than 250 narrative features, documentaries and shorts from 75 nations, and a collection of new Minnesota-made films as well. Running from April 12 – 28, it will run at a variety of dates, times and venues to be detailed in full next Thursday, March 22, when tickets are released for sale to Film Society members. One week later they become available to the general public.

The opening and closing night films each offer looks at remarkable real lives. On Thursday April 12, there will be side by side 7 and 7:30 p.m. screenings at St. Anthony Main of the documentary “RBG,” an intimate portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s family, marriage, career as a women’s rights advocate, and love of opera. Co-director Betsy West will attend the screenings.

Very different in focus and tone is director Chloé Zhao’s beautiful reality-inspired drama “The Rider.” Seamlessly interlacing elements of modern Westerns and factual cinema verite, it shows the challenging life of a 20-year old promising rodeo star from South Dakota. Brady Jandreau sustained a life-threatening injury in competition at Fargo N.D. when the horse threw him and stomped his skull. Now wearing a metal plate melded to his skull, he searches for a new life after the rodeo’s over. It shows 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at St. Anthony Main .

Click here to view an online release of the festival's full film catalog.

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