Saturday, 14 November 2015 01:46

Sliff: Day Ten

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With Day 10 comes the realization that if you’d be gobsmacked if you didn’t find a selection of films to see today. The SLIFF schedule is massively deep with all hands on deck for showings at most of venues.

The day brings both big budget films and small indie films as well. The result is a smorgasbord of flicks so large it’s hard to get you head around it.

I know it is coming out later, but I am pretty jazzed to see Legend. In it Tom Hardy steps away from the Hollywood blockbuster (Batman: The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max Fury Road) to star as both Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious gangsters to emerge from the violent underbelly of the1960s London. There have been many attempts to bring their story to the big screen and it is finally happening.  The Krays were brutal and vicious, yet somehow they have been glamorized over time. Saturday, November 14, 8:30 p.m., Tivoli.

Cemetery of Splendor is one of the most anticipated films of the festival. It’s a beautiful looking slice of contemporary Thai contemporary cinema from Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Mekong Hotel, Tropical Malady, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives). In it he returns to his themes of reincarnation, serenity and spirituality. His latest endeavor is about a woman whose treatment of a soldier’s sleeping disorder opens her mind to dreams, visions and illusions that connect her to peacefulness and magic. Saturday, November 14, 9:15 p.m., Plaza Frontenac. Sunday, November 15, 6:50 p.m., Plaza Frontenac.

Love Between The Covers looks at the weird and surreal world of romance novels. Touching on feminism and the ins and outs of the book business the documentary explore the genre as valid literature. The movie features a video introduction by director Laurie Kahn and a post-film panel of local romance writers Lynn Cahoon, Eileen Dreyer, Angie Fox, Amanda Heger, Shawntelle Madison, and Claudia Shelton, moderated by Jeannie Lin, Missouri Romance Writers of America president. 3 p.m.Tivoli.

Contemporary Cinema Award winner Trent Harris will be on hand for screenings of his Beaver Trilogy and the documentary Beaver Trilogy Part IV . These films have moved beyond cult status in recent years and gained more prestige from critics.

Heaven’s Floor is an icy affair screened at the Tivoli at 1 p.m. If you can’t get Robert Duvall, why not get Clea to be in your movie? Well that’s what happened here and she’s terrific. Director Lori Stoll will be on hand to present the film. The film is about a California photographer who joins an expedition to the Canadian Arctic. Things turn deadly when she becomes stranded.

Hockney is the first documentary dedicated to the life and art of David Hockney, an American artist known for his optimism and innovative art that embraces technology. Randall wright’s film digs into his archives, disclosing a plethora of information on the artist.

Landfill Harmonic is an amazingly uplifting documentary about Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a group of talented musicians who have made their instruments form the landfills near their village. Their touching story offers good music and a lesson in overcoming economic adversity.  As the group gained prominence they played shows at Carnegie Hall and opened for Megadeth. 6 p.m. the Stage At KDHX.

The Italian satire, I Can Quit Whenever I Want plays at 6 p.m. today at the Tivoli. Winner of the Reykjavik Film Festival it is aoubt a group of unemployed academics as they enter the drug trade. Imagine Breaking Bad with a laugh track and you get the idea of where this is going.

From 1-4 p.m. Webster University will host a Master Class on indie filmmaking in Sverdrup Hall, Room 123. This is an excellent chance to learn more about the craft and network with professionals and fellow filmmakers.

The day also includes additional shorts programing and second showings of many popular and relevant films.

So it may be a tad chilly outside, but that should in no way prohibit moviegoers from gorging on some exceptional movies today!

For showtimes, information, tickets and listings visit www.cinemastlouis.org.

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