The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is presenting the 2012 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF), which runs through May 3 on five screens at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St., S.E., Minneapolis.
The festival includes a “Spotlight on the Middle East” — curated by Alissa Simon, senior programmer at the Palm Springs International Film Festival — that highlights films from Israel, Arab countries in North Africa and Turkey.
Click “Keep reading” for the festival’s offerings with Jewish interest.
• Restoration, 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. The film tells the story of the relationships among 70-year-old Yaakov Fidelman — who is struggling to hold on to his antique restoration workshop — his son, Noah, and his new apprentice, Anton.
• The Moon Is Jewish, 2 p.m. Friday, April 27. This compelling documentary tells the story of Pawel, a skinhead in Warsaw, who discovered he had Jewish ancestry and is now an Orthodox Jew.
• Free Men, 2:45 p.m. Friday, April 27 and 4:50 p.m. Thursday, May 3. Based on actual events that occurred in Paris under the Nazi occupation, the film follows Muslim authorities suspected of aiding the Resistance and harboring Jews in the mosque.
• Three Stories from Galicia, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The film tells three stories: of a Jewish man whose family chose to save the life of its worst enemy; of a Ukrainian woman who endured the theft of her children to save her country; and of a Polish priest who risked everything to end the sectarian hatred that tore at his parish. The filmmaker will speak.
•Â Nicky’s Family, 3:45 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The film is the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, then a young English stockbroker, who anonymously organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before World War II.
• The Flat, 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 and 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. The film tells the story of what happens when family members clean out the apartment of their recently deceased grandmother, who led a complex life.
For information about the festival, visit: www.mspfilmfest.org.
(American Jewish World, 4.13.12)