Film buffs looking for something fun to do this weekend should look to the north – it’s time again for the Whiskey Creek Film Festival beginning Friday Sept. 14 and running all week through the 20th in charming downtown Wadena, Minnesota.
This year features a three-part cinematic line up: The best in current drama, short films by Minnesota filmmakers and special free films for families.
Some highlights of the films slated:
• Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin and starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry. Rated PG-13. Runtime 91 minutes. It screens Friday 7:00 p.m; Saturday 1:00 p.m; Sunday 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 7:00 p.m.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said: "Beasts of the Southern Wild is a game-changer that gets you excited about movies again. Star Quvenzhane Wallis is a flat-out amazement.”
• The Intouchables, a comedy directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache and stars Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy. Rated R. Run time 112 minutes. In French with subtitles. Screens Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 9:25 p.m.; Sunday 3:05 p.m.; Wednesday 7:05 p.m.
The Intouchables is the true story of two men who should never have met--a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
• Bully, a documentary, directed by Lee Hirsch. Rated PG-13. Runtime 94 minutes. Screens Saturday 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m; Sunday 1:00 p.m.; Monday 7:00 p.m.
Said A.O. Scott of the New York Times: “Bully forces you to confront not the cruelty of specific children - who have their own problems, and their good sides as well - but rather the extent to which that cruelty is embedded in our schools and therefore in our society as a whole.”
All films will be screened in the classic art deco Cozy Theater in downtown Wadena – a blissful little town of about 4,000 in north-central Minnesota. This is a terrific trip for folks in the Twin Cities. It combines cinematic arts and the experience of the woodsy lake country of northern Minnesota.
Buy a Festival Pass (six movies for $30) at Harvest Thyme Bistro or the New York Mills Cultural Center and receive a coupon good for two-for-one meal at Harvest Thyme Bistro-BOGO.
Your first entree is regular price and the second (equal or lesser cost) is free! Harvest Thyme will be open Friday and Saturday after the final shows of the night for drinks and dessert.
Admission $7.00 per film. A festival pass (6 movies) is $30-you save $12.
Persons 65 or over are admitted for $6 per film. Youth 12 and under admission is $5.
For complete details and travel directions to Wadena, click here: WHISKEY CREEK FILM FESTIVAL