Family Issues

Absurd Accident

Saturday, November 4 at 7:15pm
Monday, November 6 at 4:40pm

Bouncing with nail-biting suspense and ingenious humor, “Absurd Accident” — young Chinese filmmaker Li Yuhe's feature debut — portrays a puzzling crime in a rural town, where greed, lust, and wit battle it out over one long and eventful night. When a sexually... Read more

And Then I Go

Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm

In the cruel world of junior high, Edwin (Arman Darbo) suffers in a state of anxiety and alienation alongside his only friend, Flake (Sawyer Barth). Misunderstood by their families and demoralized at school on a daily basis, their fury simmers quietly until an... Read more

Apricot Groves

Monday, November 6 at 9:45pm
Tuesday, November 7 at 7:15pm

Aram, an Iranian-Armenian trans youth who’s lived in the U.S. since childhood, returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend he met in America. On the whirlwind one-day trip, Aram encounters an array of cultural, religious, and... Read more

Axolotl Overkill

Friday, November 3 at 4:30pm
Thursday, November 9 at 12:00pm

The directorial debut of Helene Hegemann, who adapts her 2010 bestselling novel, “Axolotl Roadkill” tells the story of Mifti, a 16-year-old who has just lost her mother, and the people who share the shocking and rebellious world she inhabits. As Mifti searches for... Read more

Back to Burgundy

Saturday, November 4 at 2:00pm
Monday, November 6 at 12:00pm

Jean (Pio Marmaï) left his family and his native Burgundy 10 years ago to tour the world, but when he learns of his father’s imminent death, the wanderer returns to his childhood home. With his siblings Juliette (Ana Girardot) and Jérémie (François Civil), Jean... Read more

Beauty Mark

Saturday, November 11 at 4:15pm

Angie (Auden Thornton), a poverty-stricken young mother taking care of both her 5-year-old son (Jameson Fowler) and her alcoholic mother (Catherine Curtin), is told that the house they're living in is condemned, requiring the trio to move immediately. Her family... Read more

Becks

Saturday, November 11 at 7:00pm

Singer/songwriter Becks (Tony-winning and Grammy-nominated Lena Hall) gives up her Brooklyn apartment and heads across the country to join her long-distance girlfriend (Hayley Kiyoko) in LA. But a surprise early arrival has disastrous consequences, and Becks... Read more

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:05pm

A gripping animated feature for teen and adult viewers, “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” explores a landscape of ecological disaster. But even in this darkest of places, light and beauty continue to exist. Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world,... Read more

Cargo

Friday, November 3 at 12:00pm
Saturday, November 4 at 9:15pm

Exiled American Kevin (Warren Brown), a boat owner in Nassau, is desperate to pay his gambling debts and support his family. Wife Berneice (Persia White) has essentially given up on him: She’s tired of his promises and excuses. Pressure is mounting: Kevin has... Read more

A Chance in the World

Monday, November 6 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 7 at 9:15pm

“A Chance in the World” tells the true story of Steve Pemberton, a wounded and broken boy destined to become a man of resilience and vision. From the day 5-year-old Steve is dropped off at his foster home, he suffers mental and physical abuse at the hands of... Read more

Coyotes Kill for Fun

Saturday, November 4 at 7:00pm

In “Coyotes Kill for Fun,” the latest from Northwest Missouri indie filmmaker and SLIFF favorite Blake Eckard, a backwoods babysitter agrees to help an abused mother of two escape her lunatic boyfriend, but his psychotic brother is headed back to the area, and he... Read more

Different Flowers

Friday, November 10 at 9:15pm

On the day of her big Midwestern wedding, persnickety bride Millie (Emma Bell) jilts her fiancé (Sterling Knight) at the altar with the help of spunky younger sister Emma (Hope Lauren) and embarks on an unexpected journey. Produced by Shelley Long (“Cheers,” “... Read more

Doc Shorts: China Today

Monday, November 6 at 5:00pm
A look at education and social issues in modern China.

Doc Shorts: Family Drama

Friday, November 3 at 5:00pm
All families have issues, but some have more than others.

Doc Shorts: Kept Out

Wednesday, November 8 at 5:00pm
A look at immigration from the perspective of those who cannot enter the U.S.

DriverX

Sunday, November 5 at 3:15pm

Skidding into middle age, a stay-at-home dad must drive for an Uber-like ride-share company to help support his working wife and two young daughters. Leonard (Patrick Fabian of “Better Call Saul”), a middle-aged man living in the suburbs, has lost his mojo. It’s... Read more

For Ahkeem

Saturday, November 11 at 7:00pm

Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of a black teenager in nearby Ferguson, “For Ahkeem” is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high... Read more

Gabe

Friday, November 3 at 7:30pm

No parent should have to bury their child, but that was the reality that the Weils of St. Louis faced when their son Gabe was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Told he would not live past 25, Gabe made it his life goal to earn a college degree. Then,... Read more

Golden Exits

Sunday, November 12 at 6:30pm

In this powerful new work by Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip,” “Queen of Earth”) — which debuted at Sundance — Nick (former Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz) has settled into a safe existence in a small pocket of Brooklyn, where he currently toils on an archival... Read more

Heal the Living

Thursday, November 9 at 6:40pm
Friday, November 10 at 9:30pm

Based on Maylis de Kerangal’s 2014 international bestselling novel “Réparer les vivants,” “Heal the Living” examines the philosophical and emotional questions that are raised when approaching the realities of organ donation. The film follows three seemingly... Read more

In Between

Monday, November 6 at 7:05pm
Wednesday, November 8 at 2:05pm

Lalia (Mouna Hawa), Salma (Sana Jammelieh), and Nur (Shaden Kanboura) share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma, slightly more subdued... Read more

Last Flag Flying

Saturday, November 11 at 8:00pm

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with ex-Marines Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young... Read more

The Leisure Seeker

Saturday, November 4 at 6:45pm

The first film in English by Italian director Paolo Virzi (“Human Capital”), "The Leisure Seeker" — which debuted at the Venice film fest — tells the story of a runaway couple going on an unforgettable cross-country journey in their vintage camper. Seriously ill... Read more

Mawlana (The Preacher)

Friday, November 3 at 5:15pm
Sunday, November 12 at 12:15pm

A charismatic young sheikh moves from leading prayers in a governmental mosque to becoming a TV celebrity. Deviating from the usual religious rhetoric in a society heavily influenced by fundamentalism, Sheikh Hatem (Amr Saad) issues fatwas that are accepted by... Read more

Napping Princess

Sunday, November 12 at 11:00am

The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa is often dozing off, stuck between reality and a dream-world full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But after her father, a... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Animation 1

Friday, November 3 at 9:30pm
An animated program that encompasses space, cats, and divorce.

Narrative Shorts: Stars in Shorts

Saturday, November 11 at 2:00pm
Little films with big stars, including Ann Dowd, Glenn Howerton, Melissa Leo, and Emily Mortimer.

Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream

Sunday, November 12 at 2:45pm

What is an immigrant’s typical experience in America? What does he sacrifice, and what does he gain? “Pizza Shop” provides one family’s answer to those questions, lovingly illustrating what it means for Charlie and Fred Osso, immigrant brothers from Calabria,... Read more

Sour Apples

Thursday, November 9 at 9:15pm
Friday, November 10 at 12:30pm

In “Sour Apples,” Mayor Aziz Özay (director Yilmaz Erdogan) and wife Ayda (Devrim Yakut) have a trio of beautiful daughters: Muazzez (Farah Zeynep Abdullah), Türkan (Songül Öden), and Safiye (Sükran Oval). In a 1990s-set framing sequence in the town of Antalya, 40... Read more

Summer 1993

Monday, November 6 at 12:05pm
Friday, November 10 at 2:25pm

Carla Simón’s autobiographical jewel — named Best First Feature at the 2017 Berlinale — is an evocative and affecting depiction of childhood that marks the arrival of a major new voice in world cinema. In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, 6-... Read more

Tanna

Saturday, November 4 at 12:05pm
Friday, November 10 at 4:40pm

The extraordinary “Tanna” — a nominee for last year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® — is a Romeo-and-Juliet tale set in one of the world's last tribal societies. Based on a true story, the film follows the star-crossed romance of Wawa and Dain. When an... Read more

Thoroughbreds

Saturday, November 4 at 6:00pm

“Thoroughbreds,” which premiered at Sundance, is the film debut of Cory Finley, an acclaimed playwright with St. Louis roots. Childhood friends Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily... Read more

Walking Out

Wednesday, November 8 at 8:30pm

An estranged father and son are forced to rely on one another to survive an unforgiving wilderness in this riveting, richly emotional thriller. Once a year, 14-year-old David (Josh Wiggins) travels from his mother’s home in Texas to visit his loner father, Cal (... Read more

When I Was 6, I Killed a Dragon

Sunday, November 5 at 8:30pm

One April morning in 2012, the director Bruno Romy ("The Fairy") and the artist Annabelle Cocollos are told that Mika, their 6-year-old daughter, has leukemia. Eight months later, when Mika is finally able to return to school, the family decides to make a... Read more

A Woman's Life

Friday, November 3 at 9:00pm
Sunday, November 5 at 2:15pm

Adapted from the novel “Une vie” by Guy de Maupassant, “A Woman’s Life” is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th-century Normandy. On finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne... Read more

The Wound

Friday, November 3 at 2:30pm
Sunday, November 5 at 9:15pm

Brimming with sex and violence, “The Wound” is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture. Every year, the tribe’s young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual.... Read more