Drama

3 Faces

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 7 at 2:15pm

After her family prevents her from taking up her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory, a provincial girl sends a video plea for help. Well-known Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari is distressed by the video, abandoning her shoot and turning to acclaimed filmmaker... Read more

The Apparition

Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00pm
Friday, November 9 at 3:30pm

Jacques (Vincent Lindon) is a journalist at a large regional newspaper in France. His reputation as an impartial investigator attracts the attention of the Vatican, which recruits him to lead a committee to explore the legitimacy of a saintly apparition in a small... Read more

Ash Is Purest White

Thursday, November 8 at 8:15pm

“Ash Is Purest White” — the latest from Chinese master Zhangke Jia (“A Touch of Sin,” “Still Life”) — tells a story of violent love and betrayal in three sections, with events unfolding in 2001, 2006, and 2017. Set in China’s underworld, the film follows dancer... Read more

Ben Is Back

Friday, November 9 at 7:00pm

Charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges, Oscar® nominee for “Manchester by the Sea”), a 19-year-old with a drug problem, unexpectedly returns home to his family on a fateful Christmas Eve. Holly (Julia Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but she’s... Read more

Big Muddy

Sunday, November 11 at 6:00pm

After their mother dies, Bo convinces estranged brother Duncan to join him on a canoe trip down the Missouri River. Bo is unaware that the only reason Duncan accepts his invitation is because he needs a place to hide from the Chicago gangsters to whom he owes... Read more

Black Mexicans

Saturday, November 3 at 1:00pm
Monday, November 5 at 9:30pm

“Black Mexicans” tells the story of Magdalena and Juanita, two women who are united in the spiritual realm by their tona, or spirit animal, and in the material realm by Neri, Juanita’s husband and Magdalena’s lover. Juanita’s death will grant Magdalena the clarity... Read more

Boy Erased

Sunday, November 4 at 8:00pm

Jared (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay-conversion-therapy program or be permanently exiled and shunned by his... Read more

Capernaum

Sunday, November 11 at 5:30pm

A politically charged fable, “Capernaum” — Lebanese director/co-writer Nadine Labaki’s Cannes Jury Prize-winning drama — revolves around Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), a 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his mother and father. When the judge asks Zain why he’s bringing... Read more

Dark Fortune

Friday, November 9 at 12:10pm
Saturday, November 10 at 2:25pm

Shortly after finishing her master’s thesis, child psychologist Eliane Hess (Eleni Haupt) is summoned to the hospital to help provide care for a young boy named Yves, the sole survivor of a horrendous car wreck that claimed the lives of his entire family. Yves is... Read more

Dede

Friday, November 2 at 2:15pm
Monday, November 5 at 2:05pm

Based on true events that took place at the outset of Georgia’s civil war, “Dede” takes place in the high-mountain community of Svaneti, where the people live far removed from the modern world. A purely patriarchal society that revolves around forced marriages,... Read more

Destroyer

Thursday, November 1 at 8:00pm

Directed by native St. Louisan Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight,” “The Invitation”) — who receives SLIFF’s Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award — “Destroyer” follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Oscar® winner Nicole Kidman, who also... Read more

Diane

Sunday, November 4 at 4:30pm

In this nuanced psychological portrait of a 70-year-old widow with a compassionate bent, Diane (Mary Kay Place, “The Big Chill”) spends her life in rural Massachusetts helping the homeless, caring for her sick friends, and attempting to reconnect with her 30-year-... Read more

Dogman

Saturday, November 10 at 7:15pm

The latest from Matteo Garrone (“Gomorrah,” “Reality”), “Dogman” tells the story of Marcello (Marcello Fonte), a small and gentle dog groomer, who finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer... Read more

Five Fingers for Marseilles

Monday, November 5 at 9:30pm
Sunday, November 11 at 12:00pm

In apartheid-era South Africa, the residents of the remote town of Marseilles are the victims of a brutal police force, and only the young “Five Fingers” are willing to stand up to the oppressors. When hot-headed Tau kills two policemen in an act of passion, his... Read more

Good Manners

Friday, November 2 at 9:30pm
Sunday, November 11 at 8:20pm

“Good Manners” — from the filmmakers of the acclaimed “Hard Labor” — deftly melds art-house and genre cinema to create a darkly thrilling gothic fable. Set in São Paulo, the film follows Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of the city, who is hired by... Read more

Heaven Will Wait

Monday, November 5 at 4:20pm
Thursday, November 8 at 4:15pm

“Heaven Will Wait” tells the story of two young women tempted by radical Islam. At 17, born-again Muslim Sonia intends to leave her family to join ISIS in Syria. At first convinced that jihad is the only way for her and her family to go to heaven, Sonia appears to... Read more

Heaven Without People

Wednesday, November 7 at 4:30pm
Friday, November 9 at 5:15pm

“Heaven Without People” is a compelling drama centered on a family celebrating Easter Sunday lunch at the home of their matriarch, Josephine. As at most intimate family gatherings, a multitude of opinions are expressed, political viewpoints are passionately argued... Read more

The Heiresses

Friday, November 2 at 5:15pm
Monday, November 5 at 2:10pm

Chela and Chiquita — both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay — have been together for more than 30 years. Recently, however, their financial situation has worsened, and they are forced to begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when... Read more

I Am Not a Witch

Tuesday, November 6 at 2:00pm
Saturday, November 10 at 5:00pm

When 8-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp. There, she is tethered to... Read more

If Beale Street Could Talk

Saturday, November 10 at 5:30pm

Director Barry Jenkins follows his Oscar®-winning “Moonlight” with an adaptation of James Baldwin's classic novel “If Beale Street Could Talk,” a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple and their families. In early-1970s Harlem, wife-to-be... Read more

In the Wake of Ire

Saturday, November 3 at 3:15pm

In “In the Wake of Ire,” Benjamin Lovell (Gregory Sporleder) reunites with estranged daughter Rosemary (Whitney Morgan Cox) after a 20-year separation. A vicious attack during Rosemary’s childhood not only left her injured but also memory impaired, and she fails... Read more

In This Gray Place

Saturday, November 3 at 6:05pm

Aleksander Ristic gives a commanding performance in this meditative drama about love and consequences. Aaron (Ristic) is a petty criminal from the wrong side of the tracks. Wounded, out of breath, and hefting a sack of jewels, he breaks into a rest-stop bathroom... Read more

Jupiter's Moon

Friday, November 2 at 9:45pm
Monday, November 5 at 9:00pm

In this riveting Palme d’Or-nominated supernatural thriller, the director of the critically acclaimed “White God” employs spectacle that rivals any Hollywood production — heart-pounding car chases, sensational gunfights, beautifully fluid and kinetic camerawork —... Read more

Lemonade

Friday, November 2 at 12:10pm
Sunday, November 4 at 12:10pm

In “Lemonade” — produced by Palme d’Or winner Christian Mungiu (“Four Months, Three Weeks, and Two Days”) — 30-year-old Mara, a single mother from Romania working as a caretaker in the U.S. on a temporary visa, marries Daniel, an American she met only a few months... Read more

Long Day's Journey Into Night

THE SCREENINGS OF THIS FILM HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. THEY WILL BE SUBSTITUTED WITH ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS OF The Great Buddha +.

Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the... Read more

Medium Cool

Saturday, November 3 at 3:00pm

It’s 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler (“In the Heat of the Night,” “Bound for Glory”) decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. “Medium Cool,” his debut feature, plunges... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Drama

Sunday, November 11 at 3:00pm
A program in which things take a decided turn toward the dramatic.

Narrative Shorts: Stars in Shorts

Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm
Big names in small films that feature Lisa Edelstein, Emily Mortimer, George Takei, and more.

No Date, No Signature

Saturday, November 3 at 2:10pm
Tuesday, November 6 at 2:10pm

When forensic pathologist Dr. Nariman hits a motorbike with his car, he injures the motorcyclist’s 8-year-old son. Although he offers to take the child to a clinic nearby, the father refuses his help and money. The next morning, in the hospital where he works, Dr... Read more

Parallel Chords

Saturday, November 10 at 1:00pm

The feature version of a short that first screened at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in 2015, “Parallel Chords” chronicles the struggles of young violinist Jacqueline (Rachel Ann) to assert her individuality despite the intense pressure of her controlling... Read more

A Paris Education

Thursday, November 8 at 5:00pm
Sunday, November 11 at 8:10pm

Etienne (Andranic Manet), a serious and impressionable young cinephile, leaves behind his steady girlfriend (Diane Rouxel) in Lyon to study film in Paris. Settling into a dingy flat with a rotating cast of roommates, he immerses himself in a bohemian world of... Read more

Persona

Friday, November 2 at 7:00pm

By the mid-1960s, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical “Persona,” he attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv Ullmann plays a stage... Read more

Rafiki

Saturday, November 3 at 4:45pm
Monday, November 5 at 4:20pm

Despite a political rivalry between their families, Kena and Ziki remain close friends, supporting each other as they pursue their dreams. But when love blossoms between them, the two girls are forced to choose between happiness and safety in a highly conservative... Read more

The Rainbow Experiment

Saturday, November 10 at 9:00pm
Sunday, November 11 at 3:15pm

Things spiral out of control in a high school in Manhattan when a terrible accident involving a science experiment permanently injures a teen. A whodunit that features a multiplicity of perspectives, “The Rainbow Experiment” — directed by New Filmmakers Forum alum... Read more

Rainbow Fields

Saturday, November 3 at 12:05pm
Sunday, November 4 at 2:15pm

In “Rainbow Fields,” a famous film director goes on a soul-searching journey, returning to his native village after hearing the news of a childhood friend’s death. The director must confront the unresolved vestiges of a terrible childhood accident in a bid for... Read more

Saviors

Friday, November 9 at 7:00pm

In “Saviors” — audaciously shot in a single, continuous take — Blaze (Megan Johnson) embeds herself in a white-power group in an effort to find her adoptive African-American mother (Carol Payton). But one night, after the group returns from a rally, the members... Read more

Sicilian Ghost Story

Sunday, November 4 at 9:30pm
Saturday, November 10 at 9:35pm

In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, 13-year-old Giuseppe vanishes. Luna, a classmate who’s secretly smitten with the boy, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. Rebelling against the silence and complicity that surround her, she bravely... Read more

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Sampler

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00pm
A selection of the best films from the 2018 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

They Are Strangers

Saturday, November 10 at 6:30pm

When writer Rebecca Thayer’s latest book gains recognition worldwide, she’s quickly contracted to write another novel. But the author has a sizable distraction: Rebecca (Emily Krause) discovers that boyfriend William (Tom Schmitt) may be having an affair.... Read more

Transit

Thursday, November 8 at 2:15pm
Sunday, November 11 at 3:00pm

In Christian Petzold’s (“Barbara,” “Phoenix”) brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of the 1942 novel “Transit Visa,” German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski, “Happy End”) flees to Marseille, assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he... Read more

A Trip to the Moon

Saturday, November 3 at 4:45pm
Thursday, November 8 at 2:10pm

Tomas is an introverted teenager whose overbearing mother nags him about taking his anti-psychotic meds and studying for an upcoming important exam. If that weren’t stressful enough, Tomas is also haunted by a violent and painful childhood memory, which causes him... Read more

Vox Lux

Saturday, November 10 at 8:15pm

“Vox Lux” follows the rise of Celeste from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop superstardom. In 1999, teenaged Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) survives a violent tragedy and, after singing at a memorial service, transforms into a burgeoning pop star with the... Read more

Widows

Sunday, November 11 at 5:35pm

In contemporary Chicago, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Veronica (Viola Davis) lives an idyllic life in... Read more

Yamasong: March of the Hollows

Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm

An all-puppet fantasy feature, “Yamasong: March of the Hollows” — whose original short version screened at SLIFF in 2010 — is executive-produced by Heather Henson and Toby Froud, the children of Muppets creator Jim Henson and fantasy illustrator Brian Froud, whose... Read more