MINNEAPOLIS - Not all great movies come out of Hollywood. In fact there are plenty of Minnesota made and Minnesota-themed films making a splash at the Twin Cities Film Festival this year.
Executive Director of the festival, Jatin Setia, shared some highlights of this year's festival from Minnesota and beyond.
The Twin Cities Film Festival runs October 19 - 29 at the Showplace ICON Theatre in St. Louis Park.
Blood Stripe- This dramatic tale is not only one of this year’s Changemaker Series films focusing on veterans, it also kicks off the festival’s opening night. The film’s lead actress and director are both from Minnesota. The movie follows a female Marine who returns home to small town Minnesota from her third tour in Afghanistan. It was filmed in the Iron Range on Lake Vermillion and in St. Paul.
Free CeCe- This documentary is the story of Minneapolis resident CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman, who was incarcerated in a men’s jail for killing a man who she says attacked her. Her story drew national attention and gained her an advocate in Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox. In the film, Cox travels to Minnesota to visit CeCe in prison.
On the national front two of the hottest films at the festival are Lion and Trespass Against Us.
Lion - This film just won 2nd prize at the Toronto International Film Festival and is already getting Oscar buzz! It is the story of a 5-year-old boy who gets lost on a train. He ends up being adopted by an Australian couple. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family and home. Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel star.
Trespass Against Us - This crime drama stars Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson. It is the story of a man looking to escape the ways of his outlaw family.