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Till directed by Chinonye Chukwy
Whoopi Goldberg and Danielle Deadwyler in Till directed by Chinonye Chukwy (Orion Pictures)

In its 13th year, the 2022 Twin Cities Film Fest showcases more than 140 movies from October 20-29 in a hybrid format – at the Showplace ICON Theaters and Kitchen at The Shops at West End, and online.

Till opens the festival on Thursday, October 20th, telling the story of Mamie Till Mobley and her pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son Emmett Till, who was lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. Director Chinonye Chukwu’s masterful visuals convey Till Mobley’s immeasurable dedication and her unending commitment and love for her son. TCFF will honor Deborah and Teri Watts (The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation) with the inaugural Empower Award during the post film discussion.

This year’s closing night gala will be held on Saturday, October 29, and will celebrate Empire of Light, Sam Mendes’s drama featuring Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Micheal Ward, and Toby Jones. Set in an English seaside town in the early 1980s, the film is a powerful and poignant story about human connection — and the magic of cinema.

She Said directed by Maria Schrader is this year’s Spotlight selection and is set to screen October 27. Based on the New York Times investigation and best-selling book, the film recounts how two reporters broke the story that helped propel the #MeToo movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood.

Between those tentpoles, TCFF will be showcasing projects tied to “Climate Action: Food and Fashion,” the official cause of this year’s “Changemaker Series.” Set to screen on the festival’s opening night is the acclaimed documentary Overheated, directed by Yassa Khan and featuring Billie Eilish, Finneas, Yungblud and Girl in Red, among others. The film is in part produced by Maggie Baird, mother of Billie Eilish and Finneas, who will be attending the festival alongside nationally recognized artist and local philanthropist Stephanie Dillon, both the recipients of the 2022 TCFF Changemaker Award. The duo will also be joined by key personnel from Baird’s non-profit, Support & Feed, the official TCFF Changemaker Partner. TCFF will also renew partnership with St. Louis Park based Rem 5 VR Lab for a one-night Immersive VR/XR Experience on October 25th.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will go to actor Chris Mulkey, who will be in attendance with his new film The Hand That Feeds. Jeremy Davies will be presented the Northstar Award at his film Bitcon, directed by MN filmmaker Matt Osterman.

Other widely hailed entries featured in next month’s program: Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun, James Gray’s Armageddon Time, The Banshees of Inisherin, Lukas Dhont’s Close, Ryan White’s Good Night Oppy, Elegance Bratton’s The Inspection, Michael Grandage’s My Policeman, Nikyatu Jusu’s Nanny, Kathlyn Horan’s The Return of Tanya Tucker – Featuring Brandi Carlile, Trevor Frost and Melissa Lesh’s Wildcat, and Sarah Polley’s Women Talking.

“We believe in the power of film. That’s become the Twin Cities Film Fest mantra – and again this year, as we’ve seen filmmakers’ and audiences’ resilience in reemerging from the pandemic, we’ve been overwhelmed by the originality and artistry on display in the hundreds and hundreds of submissions that flooded our office,” said TCFF Executive Director Jatin Setia. “Nothing provokes discussion, or evokes empathy, more successfully than film, and in this year’s diverse visions, we’re hoping audiences feel transported — to different places, into different lives, with a deeper understanding of the world in which we all live.”

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