Eastern European Focus

Among Wolves

Saturday, November 12 at 4:00pm
Sunday, November 13 at 6:00pm

Twenty years after the war, Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to struggle with little help from those in power. In one small mountain town, however, an unorthodox leader has emerged, determined to help those around him finally escape from the shadow of war. A born... Read more

Banat

Monday, November 7 at 4:45pm
Wednesday, November 9 at 2:15pm

Agronomist Ivo, frustrated by the lack of opportunity in his Italian home of Bari, accepts a job offer in Banat, a fertile region of Romania. Clara, who renovates boats in the Bari harbor, is at the end of a long and difficult relationship, and when she meets Ivo... Read more

Body

Thursday, November 10 at 12:10pm
Saturday, November 12 at 2:30pm

A dark and gruesomely funny cocktail, “Body” mixes unsettling observation, surreal imagery, and grim humor to create a potent concoction that will leave audiences shaken and stirred. When a suicide victim he finds hanging in the park gets up and walks away,... Read more

Bogdan's Journey

Sunday, November 13 at 3:00pm

“Bogdan’s Journey” is a story about conflict and reconciliation, about contemporary Poland and its Jewish past. Kielce, Poland, was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom. In 1946, townspeople killed 40 Holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown building,... Read more

Chemo

Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30pm
Friday, November 11 at 2:25pm

In “Chemo” — whose story is inspired by the real-life experiences of first-time writer-director Bartosz Prokopowicz — 30-year-old Benek finds himself in the midst of a crisis: He’s plagued by compulsive suicidal thoughts and dreams about death. But when he meets... Read more

Demimonde

Friday, November 4 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 9 at 9:00pm

In January 1914, a horrific murder shakes the city of Budapest: One of the city’s most famous courtesans, Elza Mágnás, has been strangled and her body thrown into the icy waters of the Danube. Chronicling the last four days of Elza’s life through the eyes of a... Read more

Despite the Falling Snow

Saturday, November 12 at 5:45pm

A lushly photographed love story — which the director adapts from her own novel — “Despite the Falling Snow” brings a rare female perspective to the Cold War. In 1950s Moscow, Katya (“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’s” Rebecca Ferguson) secretly spies for the... Read more

Enclave

Tuesday, November 8 at 8:35pm
Wednesday, November 9 at 4:15pm

In Kosovo 2004, five years after the war, 12-year-old Nenad rides to school in an armored tank, traveling from his Serbian enclave into hostile Albanian territory. Instead of friends his own age, his dying grandfather and an elderly priest serve as the boy’s only... Read more

The Fencer

Friday, November 4 at 7:15pm
Sunday, November 6 at 6:30pm

Endel is on the run as his past affiliations begin catching up to him. Eluding the secret police in Leningrad, Endel finds himself in hapless Haapsalu, Estonia. It is the early 1950s and, in the wake of World War II, Estonia squirms in the iron fist of Stalin’s... Read more

Fever at Dawn

Monday, November 7 at 6:30pm
Wednesday, November 9 at 2:30pm

Based on real-life events, “Fever at Dawn” tells the unlikely story of director Péter Gárdos’ parents and their extraordinary courtship. In 1945, after being freed from a concentration camp, 25-year-old Hungarian Miklós is recuperating at a Swedish hospital. But... Read more

Home Care

Monday, November 7 at 4:30pm
Thursday, November 10 at 2:15pm

“Home Care” — the Czech Republic’s submission to last year’s Academy Awards — examines the finality of human existence through a tender portrayal of Viasta, a dedicated home-care nurse who puts everyone’s needs above her own. Trudging through the countryside,... Read more

Hotel Dallas

Friday, November 11 at 7:00pm

By turns ethereal, meditative, and surreal, “Hotel Dallas” — a frequently funny, consistently experimental hybrid of fiction and nonfiction — premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Blurring the lines between memoir, documentary re-enactment,... Read more

Liza the Fox-Fairy

Friday, November 11 at 6:30pm
Saturday, November 12 at 4:30pm

In the fantastical “Liza the Fox-Fairy,” all its title character wants is to find the man of her dreams in a burger shop, just as her favorite romance novel promises. A 30-year-old home-care nurse for a bedridden woman, the mousy Liza has spent her life largely in... Read more

Sabina K.

Tuesday, November 8 at 6:30pm

Inspired by a true story, “Sabina K.” follows the title character, a divorced mother of two small children, as she reconnects with Saša, a man who served with her in the Bosnian army during the war. Saša and Sabina fall deeply in love and plan to marry, but there’... Read more

Searching for Home

Saturday, November 5 at 6:00pm
Saturday, November 12 at 6:30pm

A former exchange student at UMSL — his doc short “Harvard Man” appeared at the 2014 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase — director Hari Secic returns to St. Louis with his first feature, a vérité portrait of a man torn between two counties. A Bosnian Muslim, Sead... Read more

Two Worlds

Sunday, November 6 at 12:00pm

In “Two Worlds,” a sweet, inspiring family portrait, 12-year-old Laura serves as the viewers’ guide through life with her deaf parents — an existence that’s undoubtedly unusual and challenging but also surprisingly ordinary. Laura is an absolute charmer,... Read more