Monday, 09 November 2015 08:35

SLIFF: Day Five

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Here are a few quick thotughts on today's offerings.

Day Five of the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival is another cramped day of excellent movies and programming with a little something for everyone.

Longwave a film about a news crew who happens to wander into Portugal’s civil war screens again at Plaza Frontenac at 12:15 p.m.

The shorts program unveils Animated short films at 5 p.m. at the Tivoli. This selection includes a series of interesting and innovate animated movies from new and veteran auteurs.

At 6 p.m. Ballpark Village hosts former Cardinal Ron Taylor for Taylor Made. This free event features a screening of the film, Ron Taylor: Doctor Baseball and a conversation with Taylor hosted by Tim McCarver (McCarver and Taylor were teammates on the 1964 championship team). Taylor’s story is fascinating; after his playing career ended he went on to become a doctor, specializing in sports medicine. Taylor and McCarver will talk about their playing days and Taylor’s career in medicine.

The intensity will be palpable at Plaza Frontenac tonight when The Fool is shown at 8:40. This Russian film about a man fighting for his life against a corrupt political system seems could be ripped from the front pages. The dark underbelly of politics is explored with savage realism in Yuriv Bykov’s film.

There’s a lot of cool stuff going on at SLIFF this year. So much that it’s hard to sort all of it out. This was the case for me with Goodbye to Language, a film that I am eager to say but almost forgot about because of all the other stuff going on. The film is the latest work from Jean-Luc Goddard. This is the only chance most St. Louisans will have ot see this movie, which was shot in 3D. The movie utilizes the medium to its fullest with great cinematography and epic visuals. This technology is ideally suited for framing a contemporary tale of romantic love.

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