Drama

And Then I Go

Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm

In the cruel world of junior high, Edwin (Arman Darbo) suffers in a state of anxiety and alienation alongside his only friend, Flake (Sawyer Barth). Misunderstood by their families and demoralized at school on a daily basis, their fury simmers quietly until an... Read more

Apricot Groves

Monday, November 6 at 9:45pm
Tuesday, November 7 at 7:15pm

Aram, an Iranian-Armenian trans youth who’s lived in the U.S. since childhood, returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend he met in America. On the whirlwind one-day trip, Aram encounters an array of cultural, religious, and... Read more

Back to Burgundy

Saturday, November 4 at 2:00pm
Monday, November 6 at 12:00pm

Jean (Pio Marmaï) left his family and his native Burgundy 10 years ago to tour the world, but when he learns of his father’s imminent death, the wanderer returns to his childhood home. With his siblings Juliette (Ana Girardot) and Jérémie (François Civil), Jean... Read more

Backroad Blues

Sunday, November 5 at 1:30pm

Over the past decade, SLIFF has screened a quartet of films by Northwest Missouri indie filmmaker Blake Eckard, a micro-budget master. In early 2018, Eckard’s entire body of work will be released in a DVD box set by cult specialist Synapse Films, and we’re... Read more

Beauty Mark

Saturday, November 11 at 4:15pm

Angie (Auden Thornton), a poverty-stricken young mother taking care of both her 5-year-old son (Jameson Fowler) and her alcoholic mother (Catherine Curtin), is told that the house they're living in is condemned, requiring the trio to move immediately. Her family... Read more

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:05pm

A gripping animated feature for teen and adult viewers, “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” explores a landscape of ecological disaster. But even in this darkest of places, light and beauty continue to exist. Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world,... Read more

The Blot

Sunday, November 12 at 7:30pm

The pioneering Lois Weber was one of the first women to direct films, and SLIFF honors the filmmaker by screening a recent restoration of her silent “The Blot,” which addresses the all-too-relevant issue of income inequality. The local Rats & People Motion... Read more

Call Me by Your Name

Friday, November 10 at 8:00pm

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th-century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend... Read more

Cargo

Friday, November 3 at 12:00pm
Saturday, November 4 at 9:15pm

Exiled American Kevin (Warren Brown), a boat owner in Nassau, is desperate to pay his gambling debts and support his family. Wife Berneice (Persia White) has essentially given up on him: She’s tired of his promises and excuses. Pressure is mounting: Kevin has... Read more

A Chance in the World

Monday, November 6 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 7 at 9:15pm

“A Chance in the World” tells the true story of Steve Pemberton, a wounded and broken boy destined to become a man of resilience and vision. From the day 5-year-old Steve is dropped off at his foster home, he suffers mental and physical abuse at the hands of... Read more

Coyotes Kill for Fun

Saturday, November 4 at 7:00pm

In “Coyotes Kill for Fun,” the latest from Northwest Missouri indie filmmaker and SLIFF favorite Blake Eckard, a backwoods babysitter agrees to help an abused mother of two escape her lunatic boyfriend, but his psychotic brother is headed back to the area, and he... Read more

Golden Exits

Sunday, November 12 at 6:30pm

In this powerful new work by Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip,” “Queen of Earth”) — which debuted at Sundance — Nick (former Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz) has settled into a safe existence in a small pocket of Brooklyn, where he currently toils on an archival... Read more

Heal the Living

Thursday, November 9 at 6:40pm
Friday, November 10 at 9:30pm

Based on Maylis de Kerangal’s 2014 international bestselling novel “Réparer les vivants,” “Heal the Living” examines the philosophical and emotional questions that are raised when approaching the realities of organ donation. The film follows three seemingly... Read more

In Between

Monday, November 6 at 7:05pm
Wednesday, November 8 at 2:05pm

Lalia (Mouna Hawa), Salma (Sana Jammelieh), and Nur (Shaden Kanboura) share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma, slightly more subdued... Read more

In the Heat of the Night

Sunday, November 12 at 1:30pm

As timely and relevant as it was in 1967 — an especially fraught time in the civil-rights movement, when American cities were riven by race riots — “In the Heat of the Night” celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. An Oscar® winner as Best Picture, the film was... Read more

Instrument of War

Sunday, November 12 at 3:30pm

In “Instrument of War,” American B-24 bomber pilot Clair Cline (Jack Ashton) is held at the German POW camp Stalag Luft I after being shot down over Nazi-occupied Holland during a bombing mission. Although one war ends for Cline, another begins — to keep hope... Read more

Last Flag Flying

Saturday, November 11 at 8:00pm

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with ex-Marines Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young... Read more

The Light of the Moon

Monday, November 6 at 2:30pm
Wednesday, November 8 at 2:00pm

Bonnie (Stephanie Beatriz), a young and successful Latina architect, is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend Matt (Michael Stahl-David... Read more

Special Presentation: The Light of the Moon

Thursday, November 9 at 8:00pm

Bonnie (Stephanie Beatriz), a young and successful Latina architect, is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend Matt (Michael Stahl-David... Read more

The Maestro

Saturday, November 4 at 4:45pm
Sunday, November 5 at 7:45pm

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Xander Berkeley of “The Walking Dead”) was the composer of more than 200 Hollywood films in the 1940s and 1950s. Mario went on to mentor some of film music’s greatest composers, including John Williams, Randy Newman, Henry Mancini, Jerry... Read more

Mawlana (The Preacher)

Friday, November 3 at 5:15pm
Sunday, November 12 at 12:15pm

A charismatic young sheikh moves from leading prayers in a governmental mosque to becoming a TV celebrity. Deviating from the usual religious rhetoric in a society heavily influenced by fundamentalism, Sheikh Hatem (Amr Saad) issues fatwas that are accepted by... Read more

Napping Princess

Sunday, November 12 at 11:00am

The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa is often dozing off, stuck between reality and a dream-world full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But after her father, a... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Animation 1

Friday, November 3 at 9:30pm
An animated program that encompasses space, cats, and divorce.

Narrative Shorts: Animation 2

Saturday, November 11 at 9:30pm
Animated explorations of war, mental trauma, and feuding bears.

Narrative Shorts: Feminist Agenda

Sunday, November 5 at 9:30pm
These women prove that strength is displayed in a variety of ways.

Narrative Shorts: Girl's Life

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm
They may be young, but they are worldly.

Narrative Shorts: I Do

Sunday, November 12 at 4:00pm
This program has marriage as a key feature — or a major stumbling block.

Narrative Shorts: Mixed Emotions

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30pm
Dramatic shorts that take you around the world and through the wringer.

Narrative Shorts: Music

Saturday, November 4 at 3:45pm
Music is an essential component of these shorts.

The Nile Hilton Incident

Friday, November 10 at 3:10pm
Saturday, November 11 at 9:00pm

A political thriller based on a true story, “The Nile Hilton Incident” follows Noredin (Fares Fares), a police officer in Cairo’s corrupt criminal-justice system, as he probes the murder of a famous club singer at the Nile Hilton Hotel just weeks before the 2011... Read more

Palacios

Saturday, November 11 at 2:00pm

Eugene (Olajuwon Davis), a black inner-city teen, escapes the streets and hides away on a Midwest city rooftop during the Fourth of July holiday. He is found by Holly (Libby Bibb), a widowed alcoholic, who lives in the secluded rooftop dwelling with her Boston... Read more

SoulMate

Tuesday, November 7 at 9:00pm
Sunday, November 12 at 8:00pm

Adapted by acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan (“Comrades: Almost a Love Story,” “Dragon”) from an online series written by famed Chinese novelist Anni Baobei, “SoulMate” tells the decades-spanning story of two high-school best friends. Thirty-year-old... Read more

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Sampler

Monday, November 6 at 7:30pm
A selection of the best films from the 2017 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

Summer 1993

Monday, November 6 at 12:05pm
Friday, November 10 at 2:25pm

Carla Simón’s autobiographical jewel — named Best First Feature at the 2017 Berlinale — is an evocative and affecting depiction of childhood that marks the arrival of a major new voice in world cinema. In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, 6-... Read more

Tanna

Saturday, November 4 at 12:05pm
Friday, November 10 at 4:40pm

The extraordinary “Tanna” — a nominee for last year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® — is a Romeo-and-Juliet tale set in one of the world's last tribal societies. Based on a true story, the film follows the star-crossed romance of Wawa and Dain. When an... Read more

The Testament

Monday, November 6 at 7:00pm
Thursday, November 9 at 2:15pm

In this mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth, Holocaust researcher Yoel is in the midst of a widely covered legal battle with powerful forces in Austria over a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of World... Read more

Thoroughbreds

Saturday, November 4 at 6:00pm

“Thoroughbreds,” which premiered at Sundance, is the film debut of Cory Finley, an acclaimed playwright with St. Louis roots. Childhood friends Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily... Read more

Title VII

Friday, November 10 at 7:00pm

She’s powerful, black, and female. But at her firm, blacks need not apply. The highly successful Hillary Kelsey (Chicava Honeychild) is the CEO of Sanger International, an IT consulting firm. Kelsey is a black woman with no black employees, and no one can figure... Read more

Under the Same Sun

Saturday, November 4 at 4:30pm
Sunday, November 5 at 12:00pm

“Under the Same Sun” — directed by Mitra Sen (“The Peace Tree”) — tells the story of a confused and injured young man, Karim Jamal (Aadar Malik), who accidentally stumbles into a village of Hindu and Muslim orphaned children while on a journey to reunite with his... Read more

Union Leader

Friday, November 3 at 2:35pm
Monday, November 6 at 9:30pm

Jay Gohil (Rahul Bhat) works for Apollo Chemicals, a plant that is causing cancer and creating other serious health issues for its workers. Jay turns a blind eye to these issues over fear of losing his job, but when his good friend and colleague Digant is found... Read more

Walking Out

Wednesday, November 8 at 8:30pm

An estranged father and son are forced to rely on one another to survive an unforgiving wilderness in this riveting, richly emotional thriller. Once a year, 14-year-old David (Josh Wiggins) travels from his mother’s home in Texas to visit his loner father, Cal (... Read more

Wanda

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm

In 1970, the actress Barbara Loden wrote, directed, and starred in “Wanda,” a much admired but too little seen American indie. “Wanda” has recently been celebrated in the well-reviewed book “Suite for Barbara Loden,” which was published by the St. Louis small... Read more

The Weight

Saturday, November 4 at 8:30pm

When a farmer's dog digs up two dead bodies in small-town Missouri, all hell breaks loose in the noir thriller “The Weight.” Julie (M.J. Brackin), who’s recently divorced, searches for traction in her life after marriage. Julie’s distress is amplified when ex-... Read more

The Woman Who Left

Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s epic story of revenge deferred functions as a tale of class warfare. After 30 years in prison, Horacia (Charo Santos-Concio) discovers that her friend and fellow inmate... Read more

The Wound

Friday, November 3 at 2:30pm
Sunday, November 5 at 9:15pm

Brimming with sex and violence, “The Wound” is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture. Every year, the tribe’s young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual.... Read more