Film Festival Lineup Announced

8_full.jpgCinema St. Louis Announces Lineup for 17th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival (Nov. 13-23, 2008)





The lights are about to go down, and the stars are getting ready to shine.

The 17th annual St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) will be held Nov. 13-23. SLIFF will screen more than 260 shorts, features and documentaries in 136 programs, with 38 countries represented. The fest will host more than 75 filmmakers.

The fest schedule and a complete list of films (with descriptions) are available at the Cinema St. Louis Web site:

SLIFF’s primary venues are:

    • Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Boulevard
    • Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Plaza Frontenac, Lindbergh Boulevard and Clayton Road
    • Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park
    • Webster University, Moore Auditorium, 470 East Lockwood Avenue

Additional programs at other venues include:

    • “Humboldt County” After-Party on Thursday, Nov. 13: Mandarin, 44 Maryland Plaza
    • Children’s Film Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 22, Washington University, Brown Hall Auditorium, Forsyth and Skinker boulevards
    • Closing-Night Party on 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23: Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Blvd.

More Information

For more information, the public should visit or call 314-289-4150.

Ticket Prices

    • Individual tickets are $10 each or $8 for Cinema St. Louis members and students with current and valid ID.
    • Other discounts: Saint Louis Art Museum programs are $8 for members of SLAM.
    • Six Before Six: Weekday screenings before 6 p.m. at Tivoli and Plaza Frontenac on Nov. 14 and from Nov. 17-21 are specially priced at $6. No other discounts are valid for these tickets.

Advance-Ticket Sales

    • Tivoli: Advance tickets for programs at this venue are for sale at the Tivoli box office beginning Oct. 21. Box-office hours are 5-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. No phone sales. For tickets online, visit
    • Plaza Frontenac: Advance tickets for programs at this venue are for sale at the Plaza Frontenac box office beginning Oct. 21. Box-office hours are 2-9 p.m. daily. No phone sales. For tickets online, visit
    • Saint Louis Art Museum: Advance tickets for programs at this venue are for sale at the Art Museum box office beginning Oct. 21. Box-office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday, with extended hours from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday. No online sales. For tickets by phone, call 314-655-5299.
    • Webster University: Advance tickets for programs at this venue are for sale at the Tivoli box office beginning Oct. 21. Box-office hours are 5-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. No phone or online sales.

Online Ticket Sales

For shows at the Tivoli and Plaza Frontenac only, tickets may be purchased in advance at There is a $1 per-ticket service charge.  At the Tivoli, pick up your tickets at the box-office window. At Plaza Frontenac, either see the box-office attendant or use an automated kiosk at the box-office counter. Bring the credit card that you used to purchase the tickets and the confirmation number. Online sales are limited to full-price tickets only ($6 or $10); Cinema St. Louis member and student discounts can only be obtained in person because ID is required. 

Day-of-Show Ticket Sales

Tivoli, Plaza Frontenac and Webster U. box offices will open a half-hour before the first show; SLAM box office will open an hour before the first show.

Festival Punch-Passes

    • Festival Punch-Passes are available for 10 tickets ($90), 20 tickets ($175), and 30 tickets ($250).
    • Festival Punch-Passes are available at the Tivoli and Plaza Frontenac box offices in advance and at all venues on day of show.
    • Festival Punch-Pass-holders are required to obtain a ticket for each film attended, either in advance or day of show; a hole will be punched in pass for each ticket purchased.
    • Festival Punch-Passes can be used to purchase multiple tickets for the same show.
    • Festival Punch-Passes can be used at all venues.

Festival All-Access Pass

    • Festival All-Access Passes (good for two admissions to every SLIFF screening at all venues) are available for $350.
    • Festival All-Access Passes are available by phone only though Cinema St. Louis: 314-289-4153.
    • Festival All-Access-Pass-holders are required to obtain a ticket for each film attended, either in advance or day of show.

Free Events

The following events are free and open to the public. No ticket is required.

    • Micro-Budget Filmmaking Seminar on Nov. 15 at Tivoli 3
    • NFF Coffee With the Filmmakers on Nov. 16 at Tivoli 3
    • “Sinner Come Home” on Nov. 17 at Tivoli 3
    • Pixar Shorts on Nov. 21 at SLAM
    • “Matchmaker Mary” on Nov. 22 at Brown
    • “The Flyboys” on Nov. 22 at Brown
    • “The Making of ‘WALL-E’ on Nov. 22 at Brown
    • “King of the Hill” on Nov. 22 at Brown
    • “The Prowler” and “The Grand Inquisitor” on Nov. 22 at Webster
    • Dark Days: Panel on the Hollywood Blacklist and Film Noir on Nov. 22 at Webster
    • Indie-Fest Short and Feature Winners on Nov. 23 at Webster
    • Closing-Night Party and Award Presentation on Nov. 23 at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room


Government, granting-organization and foundation support for SLIFF is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Arts & Education Council, Boeing Employees Community Fund, City of St. Louis, Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Film Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, St. Louis County and Whitaker Foundation. Corporate sponsors are Anheuser-Busch, Bad Dog Pictures, Coolfire Media, Emerson, Pujols 4 Westport Grille and St. Louis Rams. Individual supporters are Jeffrey T. Fort, Mary Strauss and Josephine and Richard Weil. Presenting partners are AFI PROJECT: 20/20, Center for the Humanities at Washington University, COCA, Global Film Initiative, Grand Center, IndieFlix, Saint Louis Art Museum, True/False Film Festival, Webster University Film Series and Withoutabox. Media sponsors are Alive Magazine, KDHX-FM, KMOX-AM, KWMU-FM, Metromix, Riverfront Times, St. Louis American, St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis Chinese American News and Vital Voice.

Program Overview

SLIFF’s stellar lineup features a constellation of cinema’s brightest lights:

  • Major awards to significant filmmakers:
    • Lifetime Achievement Award: Paul Schrader (screenwriter of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” director of “American Gigolo” and “Affliction”)
    • Maysles Brothers Lifetime Achievement Award in Documentary: Michael Apted (“Seven Up!” series, “Gorillas in the Mist” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”)
    • Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award: Jeremy Lasky (Pixar director of photography on “Finding Nemo,” “Cars” and “WALL-E”)
    • Women in Film Award: Marsha Hunt (“Raw Deal,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “The Human Comedy”)
  • Works by internationally renowned directors such as Michael Apted (“The Power of the Game”), Darren Aronofsky (“The Wrestler”), Marco Bellochio (“The Wedding Director”), John Boorman (“The Tiger’s Tail”), Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Laurent Cantet (The Class”), Terence Davies (“Of Time and the City”), Kelly Reichardt (“Wendy and Lucy”), Paul Schrader (“Adam Resurrected”), Joe Swanberg (“Nights and Weekends”) and Giuseppe Tornatore (“The Unknown Woman”).
  • Festival award-winners and critically lauded international films such as “Ben X” (Belgium), “Beaufort,” “Strangers” and “Waltz With Bashir” (Israel), “The Bet Collector” (Philippines), “Blind Mountain” and “Luxury Car” (China), “The Custodian” (Argentina), “Days and Clouds” (Italy), “Fish Fall in Love” (Iran), “The Grocer’s Son” and “The Heartbeat Detector” (France), “Let the Right One In” (Sweden), “Opera Jawa” (Indonesia), “O’Horten” (Norway), “The Pope’s Toilet” (Uruguay), “Skin” (South Africa), “Strength and Honour” (Ireland), “Timecrimes” (Spain), “Times and Winds” (Turkey), “The Trap” (Serbia), “Under the Bombs” (Lebanon), “Used Parts” (Mexico), “Vanaja” (India) and “Wonderful Town” (Thailand).
  • Indie-Fest, an exclusive online competition presented in partnership with IndieFlix, which features 10 shorts (“Audience Award Winner,” “Bachianas No. 5,” “Bill,” “Chief,” “Diva,” “Flute Babies,” “For a Few Marbles More,” “Moonman,” “Player” and “ The Tangent”) and five narrative features (“Otis E.,” “Reversion,” “Sons of Liberty,” “Texas Snow” and “The Torturer”) that are available online from Oct. 27-Nov. 12, with winners determined by audience voting.
  • A program presented in conjunction with the American Film Institute and U.S. cultural agencies, AFI PROJECT: 20/20, designed to enhance cultural exchange, understanding, and collaboration through filmmakers and their films from the U.S. and abroad: “Amal,” “Faro, Goddess of the Waters,” “Kassim the Dream,” “Skin” and “Throw Down Your Heart.”
  • Well-regarded American indies such as “A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy,” “Half-Life,” “Humboldt County,” “The Last Lullaby,” “Nights and Weekends,” “The Objective,” “Pretty Ugly People,” “Remarkable Power!,” “Special,” “The Thacker Case,” “War Eagle, Arkansas,” “Wendy and Lucy” and “Yeast.”
  • More than 135 shorts from around the globe, including a Pixar program, a documentary program and the best of the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.
  • Major documentaries: “American Swing,” “At the Edge of the World,” “Blessed Is the Match,” “Burning the Future,” “Dear Zachary,” “Frontrunners,” “Fuel,” “Garrison Keillor,” “Guest of Cindy Sherman,” “Homegrown,” “Katrina’s Children,” “Louise Bourgeois,” “Martino Unstrung,” “Number One With a Bullet,” “Pageant,” “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” “Song Sung Blue,” “Stranded,” “Summer Sun, Winter Moon,” “Throw Down Your Heart,” “Visual Acoustics,” “Waves of Freedom,” “Who Does She Think She Is?” and “The Wrecking Crew.”
  • A strong selection of animation: an animated shorts program, a Pixar program and “The Making of ‘WALL-E’” (with director of photography Jeremy Lasky), “From Inside” and “Waltz With Bashir.”
  • Revivals and restorations: silent film “The Inferno” (with New Music Circle), “Mishima” (with Paul Schrader) and “The Prowler” (with film noir expert Eddie Muller).
  • Films with St. Louis roots or connections such as “Advertising for the Mob,” “How It Is With Phooie,” “Humboldt County,” “Interkosmos” and “The Juche Idea,” “King of the Hill,” “Matchmaker Mary,” “More Than Just a Game,” “Mosquito Kingdom,” “St. Benedict’s Rule,” “Say Goodnight,” “Shadowland,” “The Stem Cell Divide,” “Streetballers,” “The Thacker Case,” “That All May Be One” and “Yesterday Was a Lie.”
  • The InBaseline New Filmmakers Forum (NFF), a juried competition for first-time American-independent filmmakers, with jury head Scott Foundas, film editor for LA Weekly and critic for Variety. The films, which will be accompanied by their directors, are “Half-Life,” “The Last Goodbye,” “Pretty Ugly People,” “Streetballers” and “Yeast.”

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