The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and the Capri Theater are teaming up for two exciting film events at the Capri in April. First, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, First Thursday Films @ the Capri presents the multi-award-winning Beasts of the Southern Wild, a vivid tale of poverty and love, shot in the coastal parishes of Louisiana. Tickets to First Thursdays are $5; purchased in advance at mspfilm.org or at the door the night of the show.
Then, for the first time, the Film Society brings the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) to the Capri on April 27, 28 and 29. MSPIFF is the largest film event in the region and one of the longest running film festivals in the country. Festival screening tickets are $13 for general admission, $11 for Film Society members, and $8 for ages 25 and under and students. Get tickets at mspfilm.org or at the door. MSPIFF screenings at the Capri include:
Thursday, April 27 – All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I. F. Stone, a contemporary American documentary; 4:45 p.m. Lipstick Under My Burkha, contemporary fiction from India that chronicles the secret lives of four women who are seeking a little freedom; 7 p.m.
Friday, April 28 – Step documents the senior year of a girl’s high school step team in inner-city Baltimore; 5 p.m. The Wedding Ring, contemporary fiction about a young woman from Niger who returns to her home village after finishing college abroad; 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 29 – Quest, a contemporary American documentary about eight years in the life of a North Philadelphia family; 1 p.m. Mercenary, contemporary fiction about a young man who defies his father and travels halfway around the world to play rugby in France; 3 p.m.
In addition to this fine slate of April films, Capri Director James Scott is pleased to announce that a state-of-the art digital cinema projector has been installed in the theater. “Capri moviegoers will now enjoy brighter, sharper, more beautiful images on our screen,” said Scott. “The new projector is an added benefit for rental clients who want to screen films here as well.”
Find info on First Thursday Films and the MSP International Film Festival at mpspfilm.org and thecapritheatre.org. The Capri is located at 2027 West Broadway, with plenty of free parking located adjacent to the theater.
Note that First Thursdays continues on May 4 with selected short films from the African Diapsora, chosen from selections that ran during MSPIFF.
The screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild is part of Black Cinema: Under the Skin, a program of films by Black filmmakers exploring Black culture and experiences, funded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul receives additional support for this series from the law firm of Grey Plant Mooty and the Minneapolis Foundation.