If you don’t remember Minnesota native Lea Thompson from growing up with her in Rochester, you certainly know her winsomely pretty performances in “Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City” and “Dancing With the Stars.” Maybe you even saw her dancing on Broadway in “Cabaret.” (We’ll pass by “Jaws 3D.”)
Thompson will be returning home next month. And you can hang out with her personally. She’s heading to the Twin Cities Film Fest in St. Louis Park to receive the TCFF Lifetime Achievement Award, and to screen the Minnesota premiere of one of her finest films, Sept. 21 and 22.
On the first evening TCFF will host a special screening of Thompson's critically acclaimed, much buzzed about but little seen 2011 triumph "The Trouble With the Truth." With a stratospheric 94 percent positive critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s widely considered a descendent of the art house masterpiece "My Dinner With Andre," presenting one of Thompson's deepest, and most lauded lead performances. The indie dramatic comedy centers on divorced couple Emily (Thompson) and Robert (John Shea) reunited to discuss their daughter's coming marriage. The screening marks the movie's Minnesota premiere.
The next evening, she will be the guest of honor at the Twin Cities Film Fest Annual Gala at the St. Paul Athletic Club, a special fundraising event where she will receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The event is also where the official schedule of the 2016 Twin Cities Film Fest will be unveiled, spotlighting more than 100 films to be shown there Oct. 19-29. Limited tables, and standing room tickets, remain available for the Gala, including a special cocktail hour that Thompson will attend. Selfies!
The 2016 TCFF tickets will first go on sale for TCFF members one day after the gala, on Sept. 23. Limited memberships remain available online at twincitiesfilmfest.org.