Family Issues

Becoming Astrid

Saturday, November 3 at 12:00pm
Friday, November 9 at 2:35pm

“Becoming Astrid” tells the moving true story of the formative years of world-renowned children’s author Astrid Lindgren, creator of Pippi Longstocking. A nuanced exploration of parenthood, empathy, and artistry, the film follows the teenaged Astrid as she... 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

Chasing Portraits

Friday, November 9 at 7:15pm

Moshe Rynecki’s body of work reached close to 800 paintings and sculptures before his life came to a tragic end in the Holocaust. In “Chasing Portraits,” great-granddaughter Elizabeth seeks to rediscover his legacy. The everyday lives of the Polish-Jewish... 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

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

Dirty Laundry: The Asbestos Documentary

Friday, November 2 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 10 at 7:00pm

Why did a 90-year-old grandmother and housewife die from a rare form of cancer whose only cause is exposure to asbestos? The answer: asbestos dust on the clothes of her husband, who worked at Shell Oil’s Wood River Refinery in the Metro East’s Roxana, Ill. Her... Read more

Doc Shorts: Black Voices

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm
A diverse chorus of black voices addresses subjects both local and national.

Doc Shorts: Complicated Families

Monday, November 5 at 5:00pm
A program that focuses on interpersonal conflict and the harrowing situations that families often face.

Doc Shorts: Gay Elders

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm
A look back at those who dared to be out and proud in the past and who fought for LGTBQ lives.

Doc Shorts: Method M Films

Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00pm
A collection of films from graduates of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri.

Doc Shorts: Women Around the Globe

Thursday, November 8 at 5:00pm
A program that spotlights women who stand up and help other women.

The Drunkard's Lament

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30pm

Native St. Louisan Jim Finn’s “The Drunkard’s Lament” offers a strange, epistolary musical adaptation of “Wuthering Heights” as written by the consumptive brother Branwell Brontë. When Branwell — the ne’er-do-well, tubercular brother of the Brontë sisters —... Read more

Everybody Knows

Friday, November 2 at 6:45pm
Sunday, November 4 at 9:00pm

From Oscar®-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (“Salesman,” “A Separation”) comes a gripping new thriller about the fissures and faultlines that can tear a family apart. Laura (Penélope Cruz) returns to the small Spanish village where she spent her childhood to... Read more

Farmer of the Year

Saturday, November 10 at 3:40pm

When Hap Anderson (Barry Corbin, “Northern Exposure”), a widowed 83-year-old Minnesota farmer, sells his family farm, he finds himself adrift. Motivated by the possibility of showing up with an old flame and impressing his old Army buddies — Hap still still... Read more

Fatherhood

Saturday, November 3 at 4:30pm

A marvelously raw and heartfelt film about absent fathers and at-risk kids, “Fatherhood” is part music-video anthology, part confessional anthropology, part urgent social-issues documentary. Director Ben Gregor showcases four groups of young composers, lyricists,... 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

Goodbye, Grandpa!

Friday, November 2 at 2:45pm
Tuesday, November 6 at 4:15pm

When a paterfamilias dies in Japan, the family members dutifully gather for the funeral and cremation, and so it is in “Goodbye, Grandpa!” As the film’s clan comes together to remember their father and grandfather, the pain is certainly real — it’s etched onto... 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

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

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

Minding the Gap

Sunday, November 4 at 7:30pm

“Minding the Gap” offers a multifaceted group portrait of filmmaker Bing Liu and two friends, Keire Johnson and Zack Mulligan, from his youth in Rockford, Ill. Although the documentary initially appears to focus on their shared passion for skateboarding — Bing’s... Read more

My Big Gay Italian Wedding

Sunday, November 4 at 5:15pm
Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00pm

In this merry movie of matrimony — based on the hit off-Broadway play — happily engaged Antonio brings fiancé Paulo to the exquisite old Italian village of his birth. Antonio wants to reveal his sexuality to his headstrong parents — and to have them accept Paulo... Read more

My Country No More

Friday, November 9 at 5:00pm

Between 2011 and 2016, drilling for oil in America reached an unprecedented peak, setting off a modern-day gold rush in one of the most rural communities in the country: Trenton, N.D. Kalie Rider and her older brother Jed are both striving to rebuild farming in... 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

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

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

Roma

Sunday, November 11 at 9:00pm

The most personal project to date from Academy Award®-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (“Children of Men,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien”), “Roma” follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in... Read more

Rosemary's Baby

Sunday, November 4 at 1:30pm

Horrifying and darkly comic, “Rosemary’s Baby” — part of SLIFF’s Golden Anniversaries: 1968 program — served as Roman Polanski’s memorable Hollywood debut. This wildly entertaining nightmare, faithfully adapted from Ira Levin’s bestseller, stars a revelatory Mia... 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

Snapshots

Saturday, November 3 at 6:50pm

When a grandmother’s hidden past collides with her granddaughter’s secret future and her daughter's angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to surmount decades of deceit? The story “Snapshots” tells is set in motion when a single roll of... 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.

Stay Human

Sunday, November 11 at 6:00pm

In a quest to find a path to stay human in an increasingly crazy world, musician Michael Franti (Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Spearhead) goes on an experiential journey, traveling the globe to tell the stories of people who have chosen to overcome cynicism... 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

Wildlife

Friday, November 9 at 7:05pm

With “Wildlife,” actor Paul Dano makes an impressive debut as a filmmaker and — with co-writer Zoe Kazan — elegantly adapts Richard Ford’s novel of the same name. Fourteen-year-old Joe (Ed Oxenbould) is the only child of housewife Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) and... Read more

Zombillenium

Sunday, November 4 at 5:00pm

Based on celebrated French cartoonist Arthur de Pins’ graphic novels, “Zombillenium” is set in an amusement park like no other: Only genuine werewolves, vampires, and zombies are employed there — for eternity. But the park might not last forever: Attendance... Read more