A movie that takes place in Borderland made its Minnesota debut this week.
“International Falls” was shown at the Duluth Superior Film Festival Sunday night, and a few local residents made the trip to the Twin Ports to see it on the big screen.
“It was awesome,” said Nikki Rolando, who made a brief appearance in the film.
Rolando, along with a handful of other locals, were listed in the credits for serving as extras in a few of the scenes shot in International Falls last year.
“It was pretty special to see my name and my kids’ names in the credits,” she said.
Even more than seeing her name scroll among the lead actors in the film, Rolando said her favorite part was seeing the shots of her hometown appear on the screen.
“To see Smokey Bear Park, Main Street, the museum, even the lake shots were awesome,” she said. “It was surreal to see our town highlighted in a film.”
“International Falls,” written by Thomas Ward, explores how two people use comedy to cope with life. Rachael Harris plays “Dee,” a middle-aged wife and mother stuck in a boring job and a broken marriage in what feels like the frozen edge of the world — International Falls.
Harris is featured on the Fox television series “Lucifer,” and has been in “Modern Family” and “New Girl,” among others. She also was in “The Hangover.”
“Tim,” played by Rob Huebel, is a comedian facing semi-retirement, who has come to International Falls with no intention of leaving. The two strangers spend a night together, which stretches into the next day as each comfortably acknowledge that they’re using the other for momentary comfort.
Huebel is known for appearing in “The Descendants,” “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” and “I Love You, Man.”
Tricia Heibel, president of the International Falls Chamber of Commerce, also attended Sunday’s film festival and said she couldn’t miss an opportunity to see the movie.
“I really enjoyed the movie, it turned out well,” she said.
While watching it, she admits she found herself observing the technical side about how locally filmed pieces came across and how the film represented International Falls, even though the story line is not about the town itself.
“In my opinion it was just fine,” she said. “Actors had varying Minnesota accents, which is true to life, and the people were represented as friendly, small-town folks which is also accurate. I would have nothing negative to say about it... I wish that I could watch the movie again to fully settle in and enjoy the story line more.”
Heibel said she plans to stay in touch with the film’s director, Amber McGinnis, and producer, Nick Dunlevy, with the hope that a local screening can be arranged in the future.