Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8:00pm
Tivoli Theatre

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 stars in “Boy Erased” at this year’s fest). As a young cop, Erin was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When Silas (Toby Kebbell), the darkly charismatic leader of the gang, re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past. The film also stars Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, and Sebastian Stan. Vogue writes: “There are scads of movies about crazy-ass, kick-ass, out-of-control male heroes, but very few about women, in part because audiences tend to be put off by behavior in a female star that they would adore in a De Niro or Nic Cage. Kidman and Kusama don’t care. … Astonishingly intense and immersive, Kidman achieves here what Charlize Theron accomplished in ‘Monster’ — she remakes herself as a nightmare, which is another way of saying that any talk of Best Actress prizes has to reckon with her.”

123 min.

Directed by

Karyn Kusama



Film Category

Show-Me Cinema Studio Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight




Drama Thriller
With director Kusama, SLIFF Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis honoree, and co-screenwriter Phil Hay.

Sponsored by

Barry & Jackie Albrecht