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Fargo Film Festival Opening Tuesday

Those who have lived in Fargo-Moorhead for some time know that March is Fargo Film Festival month! Every year since 2001, the historic Fargo Theatre has hosted the Fargo Film Festival to celebrate independent films submitted from near and far, and it only continues to grow. The Fargo Film Festival runs March 21-25.

Emily Beck, the executive director at the Fargo Theatre, said they received 304 submissions for the festival this year, and of those submissions, 101 films from the United States and 22 other countries – including Japan, the UK, Australia, Israel, Brazil, Greece and Venezuela – were selected. Two of the films are from Bismarck and the Twin Cities, so local filmmakers are celebrated at the Film Festival, too.

“The Fargo Film Festival is a movie-lover’s dream,” Beck said. “It is five days and nights of movies, special guests, and parties — all in celebration of independent cinema. The program offers a little something for every taste—from romantic comedies, to edge-of-your-seat thrillers, to eye-opening documentaries. With guest artists visiting from all over the world, the FFF offers film fans the unique opportunity to see a great film and then hear from the creative talent behind it.”

One of the big films featured this year is “The Hero” starring Sam Elliott, Nick Offerman, Laura Prepon and Krysten Ritter. “The Hero” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim, and attendees to the festival have the opportunity to see the film months before it hits national theaters. “The Hero” plays at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Sam Elliott appears in The Hero by Brett Haley, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. © 2016 Sundance Institute | photo by Beth Dubber.

Another notable film in this year’s festival is “Bon Voyage,” the Narrative Short Winner that tackles a critical contemporary topic: the international refugee crisis. Beck said actor Jay Abdo, originally from Syria himself, will be flying in from LA to accept the film’s awards and participate in a Q & A with the audience. “Bon Voyage” plays at 8:20 p.m. on Saturday.

“Bon Voyage.” Photo courtesy of the Fargo Theatre.

A full film schedule and list of ticket prices are available on fargofilmfestival.org. To purchase tickets, call 701-239-8385 or visit the Fargo Theatre box office.



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