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.

Lion

Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6:30pm

In this inspiring true story, 5-year-old Saroo (the remarkable Sunny Pawar) gets lost on a train traveling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles distant, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually, Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart, Tasmania. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, Saroo (played as an adult by “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Dev Patel) suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning. With just a small store of memories and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times. The Hollywood Reporter hails “Lion” as “a sober and yet profoundly stirring contemplation of family, roots, identity and home.”

2016
129 min.
English, Bengali & Hindi

Directed by

Garth Davis

Country

Australia India U.K. U.S.

Film Category

International Spotlight Studio Spotlight

Subject

Adoption Family Issues

Genre

Drama

Sponsored by

Michael & Sue Wallace