This Year’s Impressive Lineup at the St. Louis International Film Festival
Coming up Nov. 1-11, the annual St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) brings a lineup of exciting films, filmmakers and conversations to the city, as well as uplifting new filmmakers on the rise.
SLIFF kicks off opening night with a screening of the upcoming film “Destroyer,” a dark thriller directed by St. Louis native Karyn Kusama and starring Nicole Kidman. Kusama will be in attendance at the screening alongside screenwriter Phil Hay. Longtime Hollywood star and fellow St. Louis native John Goodman will also be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a screening of the 1998 cult favorite “The Big Lebowski,” directed by the Coen Brothers.
The festival also brings prolific Academy Award-nominated writer and director Jason Reitman to St. Louis, with a screening of his brand-new film “The Front Runner,” a political biopic about the 1998 U.S. presidential campaign run of Gary Hart and its undoing, starring Hugh Jackman. The festival rounds out its program with screenings of dozens of other films and events, including a variety of free events, filmmaker conversations and appearances from champions of the local filmmaking scene.
Some films with local ties include:
- “Where the Pavement Ends,” a documentary about Kinloch and Ferguson
- “Snapshots,” a narrative feature set in the Ozarks
- “Dirty Laundry: The Asbestos Documentary,” a documentary about contaminated sites including one in Roxana, Ill., in the Metro East
- “Gateway Sound,” a documentary about the St. Louis music scene
- “The Best of Us: 100 Seasons of Muny Magic,” a documentary feature about the beloved local outdoor theater
- “Day One,” a documentary feature about teens from around the world who resettle in St. Louis and attend a unique St. Louis Public School
- “The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital,” a documentary that chronicles the training of African-American doctors and nurses in St. Louis
- “Living in Tents,” a documentary about homelessness in St. Louis
- “An American Tragedy,” a documentary about a St. Charles murder and the eventual redemption of the person convicted
Featured image courtesy of Jeremy Yap.