Thursday, 12 November 2015 09:44

SLIFF: Day Eight

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 Sometimes the trickiest days to see movies at SLIFF are the weekdays. Today is an example of that as the fest features a massively loaded block of programming in the afternoon and evening.

Getting bigger emans that the fest has to show some really good flicks in the afternoon. To that end do not dismiss the afternooon and rush hour films. there's some really depth here.

The lineup today at Plaza Frontenac is relentless. The very good Sea Fog is at 2:20 pm. This gorgeously shot South Korean film deals with human smuggling in a gripping crime drama, adaptation of events ripped form the pages. it is produced by Bong Joon who gave us  Snowpiercer and The Host.

Marshland, a gripping film set in Andalucia screens again at 9:25 at Plaza Frontenac. Fans of suspenseful crime movies will love this.

Under Construction, a film from Bangledesh, which debuted at the last Seattle Film Festival and has been getting good critical press on the festival circuit. The film is about a Muslim woman who searches for her own identity in a changing  Bangladesh. Hoping to find herrself she finds solace in a stage play. Rubaiyat Hossein has been tabbed as a director to watch. It was screened yesterday afternoon but is being shown again todfay at 4:45 p.m. at Plaza Frontenac.

Much has been said already about Theeb, a drama set in 1916 about a boy who agrees to help a Briish Officer find a water well. If oyu are a night owl see it at 9:20 p.m. at Plaza Frontenac.

Elvis is everywhere at the Stage at KDHX this evening at 7:30 p.m. with Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, a documentary about Jimmy Ellis a man who wore a mask and claimed to be Elvis in a wacky scheme. The rub is that Ellis' voice sounds eerily like the King. A fascinating character study and exploration of the Elvis phenonenon. Madness meets music in this truly odd story.

If you like Italian films, than Montedoro is your cup of tea. The film centers on Pia Maria Mann, an American actress who, while searching for her heritage discovers an abandoned village in Southern Italy. The town is importnat to her since it was where her descendents hailed from. Undaunted, a determined Mann dedicates herself to discovering her roots in this remote area. 2:15 p.m. Plaza Frontenac.

Eeadweard is a gorgeous looking biopic about the photographer Eadweard Muybridge who is considered the father of motion pictures. As is the case with many creative geniuses, Muybridsge had a serious darkside and diretor Kyle Rideout bring shtis aspect of his personality to the surface. 7 p.m. Plaza Frontenac.

The Age of Panic, is a French film set amidst the election of Francois Hollande in May of 2012. This manic day is seen through the lens of several characters form different backgrounds whose lives become intertwined. Part farce, part political comedy this Parisian set film plays at The Hi-Pointe Backlot tonight at 9:30 p.m. 

 After today the the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival goes into full throttle as it heads for the finishing line on Sunday. There are some wonderful gems and heavy hitters screning so if you have a film in mind, get your tickets in advance! You will be glad you did!

For a list of all films visit www.cinemastlouis.org

 

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