Literature

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

Doc Shorts: International Sampler

Tuesday, November 6 at 5:00pm
A look at lives and events far from home.

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

The Last Fiction

Friday, November 2 at 7:00pm

Based on classic Persian literature — “The Shahnameh,” or “The Book of Kings,” by the poet Ferdowsi — the animated “The Last Fiction” follows the twin stories of upstart ruler Zahak, who makes a treacherous rise to the throne in Jamkard (ancient Persia), and of... Read more

Memoir of War

Friday, November 2 at 12:00pm
Sunday, November 4 at 12:00pm

In Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ semi-autobiographical novel “The War: A Memoir,” the famed author of “The Lover,” “India Song,” and “Hiroshima Mon Amour” recounts an emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a... Read more

Mr. Soul!

Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm

On the heels of the civil-rights movement, one fearless black pioneer — Ellis Haizlip — reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national television stage. Haizlip contained Whitman-esque... Read more

Promise at Dawn

Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00pm
Sunday, November 11 at 2:30pm

“Promise at Dawn” tells the wildly romantic story of Romain Gary, one of France’s most famous novelists and the sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times (for “The Roots of Heaven” in 1956 and, under the pseudonym Émile Ajar, “The... Read more

They Are Strangers

Saturday, November 10 at 6:30pm

When writer Rebecca Thayer’s latest book gains recognition worldwide, she’s quickly contracted to write another novel. But the author has a sizable distraction: Rebecca (Emily Krause) discovers that boyfriend William (Tom Schmitt) may be having an affair.... Read more