Saturday, 07 November 2015 00:00

SLIFF: Day Three

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The weekend is in full swing at the 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival. The first weekend of the fest sees an amazing array of programmed films across several genres.

Brooklyn screened at The Tivoli last night and lived every bit up to the hype around it. Director John Crowley has made an exceptional film that is captivating and intriguing. The film is coming out party of sorts for Saoirse Ronan, who has been in several films (including Grand Budapest Hotel) previously but never has served as the epicenter of such a highly anticipated film. It also features Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters in scene stealing supporting roles.

But let’s look at today shall we….

There’s a lot to take in! there are some wonderful documentaries and some forthcoming buzz films as well as a master class and another visit with Alex Winter.

Downloaded is a documentary by Alex winter about the rise of Napster and music downloading. It screens at 4:30 p.m. at the Tivoli and features a final Q&A with Winter.

The short film programming continues at 2:30 p.m. with a block of experimental films. Here we see a chunk of short movies that highlight the creative energy of the genre.

Jasmine is a Hong Kong thriller loaded with rage and anger with all the noir trimmings.  Director Dax Phelan will be present at the film. It is showing at 5:15 p.m. at the Tivoli.

The 33 is a tale of Chilean miners trapped 2000 feet underground is based on a true story. I expect it to be emotional, harrowing and claustrophobic. I am curious to see if the film marks a comeback for Antonio Banderas. The 33 is at the Tivoli at 7:30 p.m.

The Nameless is avery spooky late night offering screens at the Tivoli at 10 p.m. The plot involves a young woman named Amy who returns to her childhood home where the exorcisms took place. This is where the supernatural and macabre take over, creating a suspenseful thriller perfect for late night. The other night I spoke with someone who was involved with making, The Nameless and she had some really eerie tales about filming in the house where an exorcism occurred in 1949. That exorcism would be the basis for the film, The Exorcist, and even today it still conjures up all sorts of strange tales. It was very freaky.

If you are in the mood for a Turkish comedy look no further than Husband Factor. It is based on a bestselling movie and tells the story of Elsun, a 30 year old woman who is still looking for love. Her family and friends are involved in the process, much to her chagrin. Se it at the Hi-Pointe Backlot at 7:30 p.m.

But no matter you see, go to the movies!