Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:24

SLIFF: Day Seven

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There’s some good news on this overcast day of the Whitaker St. Louis St. Louis International Film Festival, Delmar is open unimpeded for traffic and this means getting to the Tivoli is easier and there’s more parking!

The big deal for tonight is The Search, which screens at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli.  This remake of a 1948 film from Fred Zinneman boasts an all-star cast lead by Annette Bening and Berenice Bejo. Director Michel Hazanavicius has set the film in contemporary Chechnya, using the crisis there as a commentary on the folly of war and the victims it leaves in its wake. The movie follows a 9 year-old orphan named Hadji who wanders the countryside in search of his mother. His fortunes change when he comes across a Red Cross aid worker.'

Fans of animation will love Possessed, a stop motion film about demons and flamenco dancers from Spain’s Manuel Orti Marti screening at the Hi-Pointe Backlot at 7p.m. The animation is incredible in this claymagical tale. 

A very important film is screening at SLU for free tonight. The Safe Side of the Fence deals with a group of Mallinckrodt employee’s who have become sick after being exposed to uranium while working on the Manhattan Project. West probes into the contamination and its effect on St. Louis. West will be on hand for a Q&A after the film. 7 p.m. at the Center For Global Citizenship.

Before the Border is being shown at the Hi-Pointe Backlot tonight at 9 p.m. This drama of blackmail and legal shenanigans is set along the U.S. and Canadian border. Writer/director Tom Fox-Davies will be on hand with his stars and froducers for a Q&A after the screening.

Those looking for a nice low key dose of international cinema should check out Panama Canal Stories, an interesting film about the economic, social, political and cultural effects of this century old man made wonder with stories set in 1913, 1950, 1964, 1977, and 2013.

In addition to these films there is an additional selection of short films and some documentaries. So no matter what your tastes are, there is something for you. Take a cinematic adventure and see some innovative cinema!

For more information on the films screening at SLIFF this year visit www.cinemastlouis.org

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