Below is information regarding the 2016 St. Louis International Film Festival. The 2017 festival will take place Nov. 2-12, 2017. Submissions are now open.

Elle

Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 13 at 5:00pm

Paul Verhoeven, the iconic director of “Robocop” and “Basic Instinct,” is back and at his provocative best in “Elle.” Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) seems indestructible: The head of a leading video-game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to both her business and her love life. After she’s attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, Michèle reacts with her typically steely resolve by tracking down the man responsible. Both are soon drawn into a curious and thrilling game — a cat-and-mouse that threatens to spiral out of control at any moment. Variety raves: “You’ve never seen a rape-revenge fantasy quite like “Elle,” not least because the rape, revenge and fantasy components of that subgenre have never been quite so fascinatingly disarranged. Knowingly incendiary but remarkably cool-headed, and built around yet another of Isabelle Huppert’s staggering psychological dissections, Paul Verhoeven’s long-awaited return to notional genre filmmaking pulls off a breathtaking bait-and-switch: Audiences arriving for a lurid slab of arthouse exploitation will be taken off-guard by the complex, compassionate, often corrosively funny examination of unconventional desires that awaits them.”

2016
130 min.
French

Directed by

Paul Verhoeven

Country

France

Film Category

International Spotlight Oscar® Submissions Robert French and French-Language Focus Studio Spotlight

Subject

Revenge

Genre

Drama

Sponsored by

Delcia Corlew