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Friday, 06 November 2015 02:24

SLIFF: Day Two

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Day Two is in full effect. With it comes the fundamental issue of not being able to be in two or three places at once. So the best you can do is pick a film you really want to see or one that you think may not play on local screens here. Either way you should be in decent shape since the lineup this year is strong. Also, don't be afraid to ask volunteers or Cinema St. Louis staff for suggestions. They are passionate film lovers who have a way of finding the right fit for folks.

Thursday night saw a packed house for the screening of Deep Web. Alex Winter came home to a warm welcome and hosted an informative Q & A after his film. Winter was funny, personable and engaging. 

Overall it was great to see a packed house for the first night.People really enjoyed themselves.

Deep Web was a riveting documentary that really makes you think about some big issues. Winter's neutral presentation also makes it easier to succinctly understand what the hullabaloo about The Silk Road is all about.

Today birngs the furst full slate of programming.There are two big flicks being screened in the evening, Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams in I Saw The Light, and an adaptation of the lauded novel Brooklyn with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. It is generating a lot of Oscar buzz for its star, Saoirse Ronan. The movie is expected to be in the Best Picture race.

The afternoon offerings at Plaza Frontenac are particularly strong.

Albania's Three Windows and a Hanging plays at noon. It's an emotional film about the aftermath of the war in Kosovo.

Set in 1974 Longwave, follows a Swiss radio team who become swept up in revolutionary Portugal. It is very much driven by the strong personalities of its characters, each one uniquely odd and complex.

Unlikely Heroes is a film that uses comedy as a healing force. This Swiss/German production features a down on her luck protagonist named Sabine who becomes involved with staging a play inside an asylum. It has been an audience favorite at several festivals. Director Peter Luisi frames his movie with exceptional cinematography. 

Dry, a very intense drama about childhood marriage is no tthe feel good hit of the fall, but this Nigerian film is a gripping drama.

The Stage at KDHX is hosting two great music documentaries in the evening. Outermost Radio is a doc about a community radio station in Massachusett's trying to make it on thier own. The long strange career of The Residents is the subject of Theory of Obscurity. After three decades the band has managed to remain an enigma whose music has influenced everyone form Devo to The Faming Lips.

Perhaps you want to see something but have no idea on what to pick? When that happens I always recommend seeing the incredible short film program curated by SLIFF each year. Tonight's offerings are all comedies. Shorts are great because you get to see a lot of interesting work in small portions.

If you want something light, then check out Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Alex Winter will be on hand for the 9:45 p.m. showing at the Tivoli.  You can't get more wacky than this historical romp through time and space.

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