Crime

An American Tragedy

Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm

In 1989, 17-year-old Kelli Hall was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in St. Charles by Jeffrey Ferguson and an accomplice. Ferguson was eventually caught and convicted, receiving a death sentence; he was executed nearly 25 years after the crime, in 2014. During the... 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

The Big Lebowski

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm

As part of our Tribute to John Goodman, SLIFF offers the Coen Brothers’ cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and features one of the actor’s most indelible roles: Vietnam vet Walter Sobchak. A delightfully convoluted riff on... 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

Bullitt

Saturday, November 3 at 12:00pm

Sen. Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn) is aiming to take down a mob boss with the help of testimony from the criminal’s hothead brother, who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police Lt. Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen). When a pair of mob... 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

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

The Great Buddha +

Saturday, November 3 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 7 at 6:35pm

Pickle works as a night security guard at a bronze statue factory with colleague Belly Bottom. As they while away the hours in the security room, the primary activities of their dull existence consist of consuming late-night snacks, paging through the porn Belly... 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

Pretty Poison

Saturday, November 10 at 11:00am

Part of SLIFF’s Golden Anniversaries: 1968 program, director Noel Black’s cult classic “Pretty Poison” is a darkly comic thriller about Dennis (Anthony Perkins), a disturbed young arsonist recently released from a mental institution. When Dennis falls for radiant... Read more

Shoplifters

Monday, November 5 at 6:45pm

One of Japan’s most lauded contemporary directors, Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Like Father, Like Son,” “After the Storm”) debuted his latest, “Shoplifters,” at Cannes, where it won the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu... 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.

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