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.
Nicky’s Family, the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, who organized the rescue of Czech and Slovak children before World War II, will be shown April 29 as part of the 2012 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. (Photo: Courtesy of MSPIFF)
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• 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)