STAFF Executive Director Cliff Froehlich Artistic Director Chris Clark Operations Supervisor Mark Bielik table of CONTENTS Interns Tony Barsanti, Hillary Levine, Sarah Mayersohn, Andrew Smith Venue/Ticket Info 12 Volunteer Coordinators Jon-Paul Grosser, Kate Poss Marketing Consultant Cheri Hutchings Sidebars 13 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Special Events 15 President Jay L. Kanzler First Vice President/Secretary Delcia Corlew Awards 17 Second Vice President Carrie Houk Treasurer Barry Worth Sponsors 19 Volunteer Coordinators Jon-Paul Grosser, Kate Poss Board Members Jilanne Barnes, Patty Brandt, Descriptions 23 Kathy Corley, Georgia Frontiere, Joneal Joplin, Bobbie Lautenschlager, Cheresse Pentella, Documentaries 23 Eric Rhone, Jill Selsor, Jean Shepherd, Mary Strauss, Sharon Tucci, Jane von Kaenel, Scott Wibbenmeyer Features 32 ARTISTS Shorts 59 Program Cover/Poster Dan Zettwoch Filmmaker Awards Tom Huck Film Schedule 36 Trailer Animation Jeff Harris

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Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Plaza Frontenac, Saint Louis Art Museum: Advance tickets for pro- Lindbergh Boulevard & Clayton Road grams at this venue will go on sale at the Art Mu- seum box office beginning Oct. 30. Box-office hours Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive, are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday- Forest Park Sunday, with extended hours from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday. Call 314-655-5299 or visit www.slam.org. Webster University, Moore Auditorium, Beginning Nov. 10, day-of-show and advance tickets 470 East Lockwood Avenue for each venue will be available only at that theater’s box office. Tivoli, Plaza Frontenac, and Webster U. Special-Event Venues box offices will open a half-hour before the first show; Art Museum box office will open an hour “Mr. Mayor” Gala Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. before the first show. Moolah Theatre, 3821 Lindell Boulevard

Book/DVD Signing with , Ticket Prices Tom Huck, Dan Zettwoch, and Monte Beauchamp Individual tickets are $10 each, $9 for MasterCard Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. cardholders, and $8 for Cinema St. Louis members and students with current and valid ID; Saint Louis Star Clipper, 6392 Delmar Boulevard Art Museum programs are $8 for members of the Art Museum. MasterCard cardholders must make their “Stop By. Shoot Film.” Kodak Seminar ticket purchase with their MasterCard for discount. Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 13-14 Only a single discount can be used. at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Six Before Six: Weekday screenings from Nov. 13-17 Centene Center for Arts and Education, before 6 p.m. at all venues are specially priced at $6. 3547 Olive Street No other discounts are valid for these tickets.

“Judith Simon” Program No ticket vouchers are accepted for the special-event Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. presentations of “Venus” (opening night) and “The Lives of Others” (closing night). Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis “Mr. Mayor” Gala tickets are $25, $50, and $75, and 8001 Natural Bridge Road are available by phone through the Cinema St. Louis office: 314-289-4153.

Closing-Night Party The following events are free and open to the pub- Sunday, Nov. 19 on 8 p.m. lic: “Selling Your Dream” program on movie trailers Mandarin, 44 Maryland Plaza on Nov. 11 at the Tivoli; /DVD signing on Nov. 11 at Star Clipper; New Filmmakers Forum coffee and award presentation on Nov. 12 at the Tivoli; “Stop By. Shoot Film.” Kodak seminar at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Festival Web Site www.cinemastlouis.org Nov. 13-14 at the Centene Center for Arts and Educa- tion (reservations required); “Judith Simon” program on Nov. 14 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center; closing-night party and award presentation on Nov. 19 at Mandarin.

12 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 13 SLIFF groups its films into thematically organized SIDEBARS programming streams called sidebars: American Independent Sidebar Louis Web site for more information. The best of current American indies. Believe in Me, Border Café, Danger Rangers A. (anonymous), Apart From That, Approaching (“The Great Race” and “Safe and Sound”), The Union Square, Behind the Mask, Believe in Me, Gateway Arch, Goodbye, Momo, Max and Mona, Canvas, Intellectual Property, The Lather Effect, Stolen Life. , The Naked Ape, Steel City, Tap- estry of Shadows, This Is a Business, The Trouble Cult Film Sidebar With Dee Dee, Ways of the Flesh. Movies for audiences with alternative tastes. Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen, : Anheuser-Busch African/ The Director’s Cut, Behind the Mask, Beowulf & African-American Sidebar Grendel, The District, The Host, Inner Circle Line, Sponsored by Anheuser-Busch The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, , Sev- Films that relate to the black experience in the U.S. and erance, Tideland. the world. Max and Mona, The Night of Truth, Rain in a Dry Interfaith Sidebar Land, Shoot the Messenger, Son of Man, Tapes- Sponsored by Union Avenue Christian Church try of Shadows, The Trials of Darryl Hunt, U-Car- A juried competition spotlighting 10 films – five fiction men e-Khayelitsha, Ways of the Flesh, Welcome features and five documentaries – distinguished by their to Soul City. artistic merit, contribution to the understanding of the human condition, and recognition of ethical, social, and Asian Sidebar spiritual values. Work from the cinematic hotspot of Asia. Documentaries: Hand of God, Iraq in Fragments, Cave of the Yellow Dog, Citizen Dog, The Host, Maquilapolis, Sound of the Soul, The Trials of Inner Circle Line, Invisible Waves, Stolen Life, Darryl Hunt Story of Pao, Summer Palace, Three Times. Narrative Features: Border Café, Goodbye, Momo, The Night of Truth, Son of Man, Tapestry Bad Dog Pictures Short Subject Sidebar of Shadows Sponsored by Bad Dog Pictures The selection committee also strongly recom- A juried competition – awarding prizes in six cat- mends Beautiful Daughters, Beyond the Call, egories – featuring more than 100 works, includ- Small Town Gay Bar ing shorts before features and dedicated shorts programs. SLIFF’s short-subject programming is Leon and Mary Strauss Documentary Sidebar officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Sponsored by Mary Strauss Picture Arts and Sciences. The best in contemporary nonfiction . Audi- ence voting determines the winner of the Leon Award for Cinema for Students Best Documentary. Sponsored by Georgia Frontiere and the St. Louis Rams Always for Pleasure, Beautiful Daughters, Be- Free daytime screenings for children and youth from yond the Call, Oscar-Win- participating St. Louis-area schools. Visit the Cinema St. ning Shorts, Cocaine Cowboys, East of Havana, 12 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 13 SIDEBARS F**k, The Gateway Arch, Ghosts of Cite Soleil, Films from across the globe, with special focuses on Gimme Truth, Hand of God, Iraq in Fragments, South Africa, France, , Australia, U.K., and Lover Other, Maquilapolis, Mr. Mayor, The O China/Taiwan. Audience voting determines the winner Tapes, Rain in a Dry Land, Riverboat Dreams, of Best International Film. Silver Spurs, Small Town Gay Bar, Sound of the Argentina: The Aura, Chronicles of an Escape, Soul, Tribute to Albert Maysles (with The Gates), Family Law Tribute to Charles Guggenheim, Tribute to Les Australia: Candy, Ten Canoes, Blank (with The Tea Film), Thin, The Trials of Unfolding Florence Darryl Hunt, Unfolding Florence, Welcome to Bosnia-Herzegovina: Skies Above the Landscape Soul City. Brazil: Almost Brothers; Cinema, Aspirin and Vultures Macy’s Studio Premiere Showcase Burkina Faso: The Night of Truth Sponsored by Macy’s Canada: Beowulf & Grendel, Tideland The finest in upcoming studio releases. China: Stolen Life, Summer Palace The Aura, Candy, Chronicles of an Escape, Fam- Czech Republic: From Subway With Love ily Law, Gabrielle, Gray Matters, The Lives of France: Changing Times, A Comedy of Power, Others, Rescue Dawn, Starter for Ten, Tideland, Gabrielle, Looking for Cheyenne Three Times, Venus. : The Lives of Others, Requiem Hungary: The District, Judith Simon Midwest Music Silent Film Sidebar Iceland: Beowulf & Grendel, Eleven Men Out Sponsored by Midwest Music : Border Café Silent-film classics with live musical accompaniment. : What Means Motley? Cabiria (with pianist Curt Landes), Judith Simon Israel/: Thirst (with original score by Barbara Harbach, conduc- Italy: Cabiria, The Flowers of St. Francis, tor James Richards, and UMSL’s chamber theater Through the Eyes of Another orchestra), Show People (with organist Stan Lebanon: In the Battlefields Kann). : Cave of the Yellow Dog Russia: Dreaming of Space Music Sidebar South Africa: Max and Mona, Son of Man, Films with a strong musical component. U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha Always for Pleasure (with accompanying perfor- : The Host, Inner Circle Line mance by New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott), Spain: Elsa and Fred Cabiria, The District, East of Havana, Ghosts of Sweden: Short Subject Program 5 Cite Soleil, Judith Simon, Show People, Son of Taiwan: Three Times Man, Sound of the Soul, U-Carmen e-Khayelit- : Citizen Dog, Invisible Waves sha, Welcome to Soul City. Turkey: Climates U.K.: In a Day, , Land of the Blind, Screening Room International Film Sidebar The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, Severance, Sponsored by the Screening Room Shoot the Messenger, Starter for Ten, 14 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 15 SIDEBARS These Foolish Things, Venus St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. : Goodbye, Momo A. (anonymous), Apocalypse and the Beauty Vietnam: Story of Pao Queen, Best of the St. Louis Filmmakers Show- case, Beautiful Daughters, Charles Guggenheim Sundance Channel New Filmmakers Forum Oscar-Winning Shorts, The Gateway Arch, Mr. Sponsored by the Sundance Channel Mayor, The Naked Ape, Riverboat Dreams, Sil- Juried competition of works by first-time feature film- ver Spurs, Steel City, Tapestry of Shadows, This makers. Is a Business, Tribute to Charles Guggenheim, Apart From That, Approaching Union Square, Welcome to Soul City. Behind the Mask, Intellectual Property, Steel City. SPECIAL EVENTS Trio Foundation Sidebar “Mr. Mayor” Gala Sponsored by the Trio Foundation 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, Moolah Theatre Films that are made by women or that address women’s $25, $50, and $75 issues. SLIFF presents the world premiere of “Mr. May- Almost Brothers, Apart From That, Beautiful or: The Life and Times of A.J. Cervantes,” which Daughters, Believe in Me, Border Café, East of vividly chronicles the rich and colorful life of the Havana, Gray Matters, In the Battlefields, Inner two-term mayor of St. Louis during the turbu- Circle Line, The Lather Effect, Lover Other (with lent 1960s and ’70s. All attendees receive com- Women in Film Award to director Barbara Ham- plimentary valet parking, a cocktail hour with mer), Maquilapolis, My Dad Is 100 Years Old, Corazon tequila cocktails and wine, a Bissinger’s Looking for Cheyenne, The Night of Truth, The chocolate, and soda and popcorn. For tickets, O Tapes, Rain in a Dry Land, Shoot the Mes- call the Cinema St. Louis office at 314-289-4153. senger, These Foolish Things, Thin, The Trials of Darryl Hunt, Unfolding Florence. “Selling Your Dream: Creating Trailers and Promos in the A/V Marketplace” Vital Voice Gay, , Bisexual, and Noon Saturday, Nov. 11, Tivoli, Free Transgendered Sidebar Chris Arnold – founder of Cimarron, one of the Co-sponsored by Here! Films and the Vital Voice largest trailer companies in Hollywood – is the Films that explore issues concerning people with creator of campaigns for such films as “,” alternative lifestyles. “Taxi Driver,” “Close Encounters of the Third Beautiful Daughters, Eleven Men Out, Looking Kind,” “Basic Instinct,” “Terminator 2,” and for Cheyenne, Lover Other, Small Town Gay Bar. “.” Arnold provides a brief history of movie marketing, traces the evolution of the Whitaker Foundation Cinema St. Louis Sidebar trailer, and discusses the process of creating a Sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation promo from concept to copy writing to editing Work by filmmakers from St. Louis or those with strong room. The program features an entertaining ties to the area, including encore presentations from the collection of classic and memorable trailers. 14 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 15 SPECIAL EVENTS “Stop by. Shoot Film.”). Sign up is also available Book/DVD Signing at the Tivoli on the fest’s first weekend. Sponsored by Star Clipper 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, Star Clipper, Free “Judith Simon” Program Director Terry Zwigoff, festival artists Dan Sponsored by University of Missouri-St. Louis and Zettwoch (poster and program cover) and Tom Hungarian Film Archive Huck (major filmmaker awards), and “Blab!” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, Blanche M. Touhill editor Monte Beauchamp hold a signing. Avail- Performing Arts Center, Free able books and DVDs include “Bad Santa: The A newly restored Hungarian silent about Jewish Director’s Cut,” “” and life receives a special presentation. The pro- “” (Zwigoff); “Drawn & Quarterly gram features original music written by Barbara Showcase” and “Kramer’s Ergot” (Zettwoch); Harbach and performed by conductor Dr. James and issues of art-and-comics anthology “Blab!” Richards and the UMSL chamber theater orches- (Huck and Beauchamp). tra. also includes work by director Jean Bodon, who discusses and screens a pair of docu- New Filmmakers Forum Coffee mentaries. Sponsored by Sundance Channel and Kaldi’s Coffeehouse Closing-Night Party 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, Tivoli, Free Sponsored by the Missouri Film Commission and The Sundance Channel New Filmmakers Forum Mandarin concludes with a conversation among the par- 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, Mandarin, ticipating directors. Free coffee and pastries are Free (with cash bar) provided by Kaldi’s Coffeehouse. The event ends The festival concludes with a party at Mandarin, with the presentation of the Emerging Director a swank new venue in the Central West End. A Award by the NFF jury. DJ provides music, and SLIFF announces the au- dience-choice and juried-competition awards. “Stop By. Shoot Film.” Sponsored by Kodak 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 13-14, Centene Center for Arts and Education, Free Kodak offers an experiential learning opportu- nity: Discover how easy and fun it is to use mo- tion-picture film and get high-quality images. A top cinematographer teaches participants how to use a 16mm camera and film, and to shoot a scene, all in less than two hours. Participants receive a DVD of the footage shot. There’s no fee, but space is limited, so sign up now through Kodak’s Web site: www.kodak.com (search for 16 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 17 AWARDS MAJOR FILMMAKER AWARDS

CINEMA ST. LOUIS AWARD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS IN Charles Guggenheim Family: The late Charles Gug- DOCUMENTARY genheim, who started his professional career in Albert Maysles: With his late brother David, Al- St. Louis, produced a body of documentary work bert Maysles helped establish the Direct Cinema unrivaled in its breadth, consistency, and integ- movement. Key Maysles work includes “Sales- rity. He earned 12 Oscar nominations (winning man,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Grey Gardens,” and a four ), a Peabody, and three series of documentaries on the work of the art- Emmys, and made such locally significant work ists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. SLIFF will rename as “Monument to the Dream” (on the Gateway the Lifetime Achievement Award in Documen- Arch) and the feature “The Great St. Louis Bank tary in honor of the Mayles Brothers. Robbery.” The Cinema St. Louis Award will be renamed in honor of Charles Guggenheim. Les Blank: Known for his exuberant explora- tions of ethno-musical subcultures, Les Blank CONTEMPORARY CINEMA AWARD has made classic movies on polka (“In Heaven Terry Zwigoff: Starting as a documentarian with There Is No Beer?”), blues (“The Blues Accordin’ such fine work as “Louie Bluie” and “Crumb,” to Lightin’ Hopkins”), Cajun and zydeco (“Hot Terry Zwigoff has established himself as an Pepper”), and New Orleans R&B (“Always for equally adept feature filmmaker with his two Pleasure”). “,” about the collaborations with cartoonist disaster-plagued filming of ’s – “Ghost World” and “Art School Confidential” “,” remains his enduring master- – and the -black comedy “Bad Santa,” piece. which he’ll present at SLIFF in his preferred director’s cut. AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS Audience voting determines the winner of four awards WOMEN IN FILM AWARD from among the films in competition: Barbara Hammer: A ground-breaking indepen- dent filmmaker, Barbara Hammer produces Best Film Award uncompromising work that’s challenging in both Best International Film Award form (avant-garde, experimental) and content Leon Award for Best Documentary (named in (lesbian, feminist, political). Beginning her ca- memory of the late civic leader Leon Strauss) reer in the early 1970s, Hammer has made more Vital Voice Award for Best GLBT Film than 30 films, including the documentaries “Ni- trate Kisses” and “Tender Fictions,” both nomi- nees for the Grand Jury Prize at the .

16 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 17 AWARDS JURIED COMPETION AWARDS cash award, a certificate for $1,000 in film stock INTERFAITH AWARDS from Kodak, and Avid Xpress Pro editing soft- A jury gives Interfaith Awards to both a docu- ware. mentary and a feature, choosing from among 10 competition films (five in each category), which The NFF jury is David Edelstein (chair), film critic were selected for their artistic merit, contribu- for “New York” magazine and NPR’s “Fresh tion to the understanding of the human con- Air”; Diane Carson, professor of film at St. Louis dition, and recognition of ethical, social, and Community College at Meramec; Brian Hohlfeld, spiritual values. of “He Said, She Said” and “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie”; Scott Phillips, novelist of The 2006 Interfaith Sidebar selection committee “The Ice Harvest” and “Cottonwood”; and Joe was David Gast (chair), board chairman of the Williams, film critic for the St. Louis Post-Dis- Carl F. Gast Co.; Delcia Corlew, member of the patch. Cinema St. Louis board; Tullia Hamilton, non- profit consultant; Mikel Monnett, chaplain at SHORT SUBJECT AWARDS Barnes Hospital; Wally Shearburn, pastor of St. A jury chooses the winner of six awards from among the John’s United Methodist Church; Tom Stockdale, short subjects in competition: minister (retired); and Lee Whiston, emeritus professor of the Old Testament at Eden Theo- Best of Fest logical Seminary. Best Animated Short Best Live Action Short The documentary jury is Kanak Gautam, associ- Best Short Short (under 5 minutes) ate professor of healthcare management at St. Best Local Short Louis University; Jill Petzall, filmmaker, , Best International Short and designer for Beacon Productions; and Betty White, professor of English (retired). The feature The SLIFF shorts competition is officially sanc- jury is Sandra Olmsted, adjunct faculty member tioned by the Academy of Motion Pictures in English at St. Louis University, Fontbonne Arts and Sciences. Winners in Best of Fest, Best University, and Southwestern College; Pat Animated, and Best Live Action are eligible Scallet, filmmaker and editor; and Joya Uraizee, to submit for Oscar consideration. The Best of associate professor of English at St. Louis Univer- Fest winner also receives a $500 cash prize and a sity. certificate for $500 in film stock from Kodak.

NFF EMERGING DIRECTOR AWARD The jury is Adam Hackbarth, screenwriter of The Sundance Channel New Filmmakers Forum “Inbred Redneck Alien Abduction” and “Dark- (NFF) annually presents the Emerging Director world”; Brent Hoff, editor of the “Wholphin” Award. Five works by first-time feature filmmak- DVD journal and former writer for “The Daily ers compete for the prize, which includes a $500 Show”; and RD Zurick, filmmaker and adjunct faculty member in film at Webster University. 18 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 19 TITLE SPONSOR








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20 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 21 John Nickel J. Kim Tucci Gillian Noero Kristy Tullock SPECIAL THANKS County Councilman Kurt Sandy Tung Harper Barnes Gary Hansen Odenwald Joya Uraizee Carole Bartnett Barbara Harbach Sandra Olmsted Ledy VanKavage Danene Beedle Jeff Harris Maria Palumbo Pat Vogelsang Bill Boll James Harrison William Paul Heidi Warren David Bonetti Julie Havlin John Pertzborn Tom Weber Carl Borack Bob Hegel Tom Petrie Weidman Charles Brennan Janet Herrmann Jill Petzall Chuck Wentworth Mark Bretz George Hickenlooper Scott Phillips Lee Whiston Dennis Brown Mica Hill Popper Betty White Travis Cape Brent Hoff Steve Potter Doug Whitford Peter Carlos Brian Hohlfeld Kevin Powers Doug Whyte Tom Carlson Art Holiday Cindy Prost Felix Williams John Carney Joe Holleman Dee Rader Joe Williams Diane Carson David Houlle Terri F. Reilly Calvin Catherine Cathers Tom Huck Laura Resnick David Wilson A.J. Cervantes Jr. Cindy Hutchings Jerry Roberts Vicki Woods Richard Chapman Melvin Ide Randall Roberts Ron Yerxa Srikant Chellappa Keiko Ishida Nancy Rodriguez Mengesha Yohannes Carolyn Clarke Craig Jackson Kat Rogers Stephanie Zacharek Robert and Janet Clark Sharifa Johka Todd Roth Dan Zettwoch Ken Clayton Jerry Jones Susan Rowe RD Zurick Bob Cocks Marsha Jordan Jerry Russo Jeremy Corray Stan Kann Cameron Sanders VENUE Dan Cowden Mike Ketcher Judee Sauget CAPTAINS Thomas Crone Chris King Pat Scallet Donna Bakke Rita Csapo-Sweet Karen Klaus Pam Schneider Sharon Brown Anne Davis Barbara Klein Vince Schoemehl Anthony Cabral Linda Decker Carol Klein Diane Schorsh Jeremy Corray Matt Delahaunty David Kroll Mark Schulte Britt Eubanks Lisette Dennis Curt Landes Joseph M. Schuster Gayle Gallagher Christina DeVoss Suzanne Langlois Wally Shearburn Daniel Haeusser Amit Dhawan Rob Levy Naomi Silver Mary Jane Kieffer John Donigan Doveed Linder Jennifer Silverberg Marjorie Klutho County Executive Charles Joan Lipkin Mayor Francis Slay Jamie Koogler Dooley Linda Locke Philip Slein Tricia Link Amanda Doyle Pete Maniscalco Brett Smith Ed Martin Gerald Early Chris Mannelli Jeff Smith Leslee McCoy David Edelstein Catherine Marquis-Homeyer Tom Smugala Suzanne Moak Joe Edwards Ed Martin Barbara Smythe-Jones Hector Perez Bill Faris Pier Marton Andrea Sporcic Cindy Prost Adrain Fisher Danica Mathes Bud Stanfield Stephe Raven Max Foizey Lynn Maupin Mike Steinberg Ann Repetto Renee Brummel Franklin Tom McDermott Ron Stevens Ginger Routh Bob Gale Jill McGuire Tom Stockdale Josh Routh Dave Gast Jon Mendelson Marla Stoker Diane Schorsch Kanak Gautam Jeff Michelman David Stokes Kaye Shumate Dave Gosnell Claudia Mink Ben Stone Barbie Snitzer Christy Gray Robyn Mitchell Mike Stroot Brian Spath Joy Grdnic Mikel Monnett Paul Sturtz Cherie Thibodeaux Sue Greenberg Patrick Moore Dale Sweet Jacqueline Walker John H. Grizzell Julia Moseley Randy Tack Paul Guyot Phil Moses Joni Tackette Thank you to all of Cinema Adam Hackbarth Joe Moskus Richard Taylor St. Louis’ dedicated volun- Beverly Hacker Mike Moyneur Jenny and Steve Trampe teers, who give their time Tullia Hamilton Phil Nadeau A.J. and Ben Trujillo selflessly. 22 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 23 Documentaries

ALWAYS FOR BEAUTIFUL BEYOND THE CALL PLEASURE DAUGHTERS Directed by Adrian Belic Directed by Les Blank Directed by Josh Aronson U.S., 2006, 82 min. U.S., 1978, 58 min. U.S., 2006, 61 min. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m., Tivoli 3 Tivoli 3 Webster University A St. Louis native and Oscar nominee Made in the vivid cinema vérité style In this classic documentary, Lifetime (“Sound and Fury,” SLIFF 2000), Josh of director Belic’s previous Academy Achievement Award winner Les Blank Aronson returns with this fascinating Award-nominated film, “Genghis captures the spirit of New Orleans documentary about a transgendered Blues” (SLIFF 1999), this heartfelt through the city’s music, food, and exu- version of “The Vagina Monologues.” documentary is about three men who berant celebrations – from jazz funerals Playwright Eve Ensler conducts emo- risk their lives in the name of adventure and second-line parades to St. Patrick’s tional meetings with a diverse group of and altruism. Day street parties and Jazz Fest. male-to-female transgendered persons Ed Artis, James Laws and Walt Ratter- to research, cast, and rehearse the spe- man are three middle-age men whose Mardi Gras receives expected empha- cially rewritten play. sis. The film follows the Wild Tchoupi- idea of adventure is taking desper- toulas, a Mardi Gras Indian tribe that The cast represents a wide spectrum, ately needed food and medicine into includes members of the Neville Broth- including a professor emeritus of the world’s most dangerous places. ers, as they make costumes, parade, computer science, a pioneer in “transi- Their specialty is going where death sing, and party. tioning,” and a stunning ex-stripper/es- from landmines, bullets, or bombs cort (now a real-estate agent) who has is as frequent as death from hunger, The program will also feature outtakes hidden her male past and sees opening disease, or the elements. Their personal deleted from the original film, with night as her coming-out party. convictions and courage drive them to performances by Professor Longhair, places such as Afghanistan, Albania, the Wild Tchopitoulas with the Neville Chechnya, Cambodia, Rwanda, and the Brothers, Blue Lu and Danny Barker, With Engendered Species Philippines. and Art Ryder’s second-line band. Directed by Julie van der Wal The filmmaker takes us through some Director Blank will attend, and U.S., 2006, 26 min. of the most forbidding yet beautiful world-renowned jazz pianist places on Earth, on a journey into the Tom McDermott will give a Engendered Species is a social and sup- heart of humanity and the soul of cour- musical history of New Orleans port group for transgendered people in age. Salt Lake City, Utah, where cross-dress- jazz on the piano. ers and pre-operative and post-opera- Director Belic will attend. tive transsexuals find courage through their friendships. Sponsored by the Interfaith Selection Committee. Director Aronson will attend.

22 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 23 CHARLES COCAINE COWBOYS EAST OF HAVANA GUGGENHEIM Directed by Billy Corben Directed by OSCAR-WINNING U.S., 2006, 116 min. Jauretsi Saizabitoria and Emilia Menocal Saturday, Nov. 18, 4:30 p.m., SHORTS U.S., 2006, 82 min. U.S., 114 min. Tivoli 1 Sunday, Nov. 19, 6:45 p.m., Tivoli 3 Saturday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m., The recent history of Miami is inex- Saint Louis Art Museum tricably linked to cocaine: The city This energetic documentary provides a peek at the bubbling hip-hop culture was ground zero for the nationwide in Cuba, where musicians, dancers, The family of the late Charles Guggen- surge in the drug’s use some 25 years and other artists struggle for freedom, heim receives our annual Cinema St. ago. The intimacy of that linkage is the creating their work in less-than-ideal Louis Award this year in honor of the fascinating and often violent subject of conditions. filmmaker’s astonishing body of work. “Cocaine Cowboys.” This program, which provides just a The film focuses on three artists, sample of Guggenheim’s 12 Oscar- In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian members of a loose but loyal group nominated documentaries, features all cocaine barons invaded Miami with of performers called El Cartel, based four of his Academy Award winners: a brand of violence unseen in this in working-class Alamar. Given their country since Prohibition-era . obvious talent, Soandry, Mikki Flow, “” (1964, 21 “Cocaine Cowboys” is the true story of and Magyori Martinez could be major min.) profiles the nine African-Ameri- how Miami became the drug, murder, stars if Cuba had a healthy, open music can students who integrated Central and cash capital of the , industry. Their story is book-ended by an account of the efforts to stage the High in 1957. told by the people who made it happen, 2004 edition of the island’s only hip- including mob mother Griselda Blanco, “Robert Kennedy Remembered” hop festival, launched in 1998. (1968, 29 min.) pays moving tribute to a bloodthirsty crime boss who would The music hits the ears like a sonic an extraordinary life. put Tony Soprano to shame. splash, and the El Cartel style happily “The Johnstown Flood” (1989, 26 Often hilarious, always exuberant, disturbs standard hip-hop patterns min.) tells the story of one of the most the documentary is filled with death with salsa inflections and sophisticated devastating disasters in American his- counts, headline busts, and outrageous rhythms. tory. anecdotes – but also delivers solid facts and vintage footage. “” (1995, 38 min.) With Los Tabaqueros chronicles the civil-rights movement Directed by Russell Griffin, through historic footage and the voices U.S., 2006, 7 min. of those who took part in it. Passion, love, and tobacco ... all rolled up together in this documentary on the life and art of handmade cigars.

24 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 25 F**K THE GATEWAY GHOSTS OF CITE Directed by Steve Anderson ARCH: REFLECTIONS SOLEIL U.S., 2005, 93 min. OF AMERICA Directed by Asger Leth and Monday, Nov. 13, 9:45 p.m., Directed by Bob Miano and Milos Loncarevic Tivoli 1 Scott Huegerich Denmark, 2006, 88 min. U.S., 2006, 75 min. Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Tivoli 3 First-time documentary filmmaker Sunday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Tivoli 1 Steve Anderson takes a definitive look Variety’s Todd McCarthy says, “There has never been anything quite like at the English-speaking world’s most Scott Huegerich and Bob Miano, the Asger Leth’s film; it’s amazing it even infamous expletive. The film explores multitalented producer/director team how this oft-used word, still widely exists and that the director is still alive.” that brought us “The World’s Great- This impressionistic documentary considered obscene, permeates every est Fair” (SLIFF 2004), have created a aspect of our culture – from Holly- provides a frightening glimpse of gang new documentary on the monument life in Haiti’s Cite Soleil. wood, to the schoolyard, to the Senate that signifies and defines St. Louis: the floor in Washington D.C., where it is at Gateway Arch. An entirely lawless slum of Port au the center of the ongoing debate on free Prince, populated by nearly a half-mil- speech. People said that it would fall, that it was lion people, Cite Soleil is presided over impossible, but the nay-sayers were The documentary examines the word’s by sinister “chimeres” (ghosts) – violent wrong, and the Gateway Arch has come young men allegedly employed and impact through interviews, film and to symbolize the very spirit of America. television clips, and original anima- armed by then-President Jean-Bertrand Like the first settlers who journeyed Aristide. The risk-taking filmmak- tion by Oscar nominee Bill Plympton. West, the builders of the monument ers followed gang leaders for several Scholars and linguists examine its long bravely tested the bounds of reality and months in 2004. and colorful history, and comedians, made them expand. , and who have charted Leth and co-director Milos Loncarevic and popularized the word defend their This locally produced film charts the provide intimate views of their subjects’ constitutional right to use it. entire history of St. Louis’ riverfront, dismal homes and bravely record life including the first settlers, the dedica- on the slum’s forbidding streets, where Interviewees include Steven Bochco, tion of the Jefferson Memorial site, and even local taxi drivers refuse to venture. The rapid-fire editing and forbidding Judith “Miss Manners” Martin, Pat the conceptualization and building of images are further enlivened by rapper Boone, Sam Donaldson, Drew Carey, this internationally renowned architec- Wyclef Jean’s . Ron Jeremy, Alan Keyes, Bill Maher, tural achievement. Alanis Morissette, Hunter Thomp- George son, Kevin Smith, Ice-T, and Janeane Co-directors Huegerich and Hickenlooper will attend. Garofalo. Miano will attend. Sponsored by Lamons’ Sponsored by Entertainment Worldwide. Angie Ignatowski, Prudential Select Properties. 24 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 25 GIMME TRUTH HAND OF GOD IRAQ IN Sunday, Nov. 12, 12:15 p.m., Directed by Joe Cultrera FRAGMENTS Tivoli 1 U.S., 2006, 93 min. Directed by James Longley Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:15 p.m., U.S., 2006, 94 min. A co-presentation with the True/False Tivoli 1 Sunday, Nov. 12, 2:15 p.m., Documentary Film Festival in Colum- Plaza Frontenac 1 bia, Mo., and KDHX-TV, Gimme Truth A poetic examination of one man’s is a game show that asks contestants – journey from potential priest to harsh James Longley spent more than two and audience members – to determine critic of the Church, “Hand of God” years filming in Iraq to create this whether purported documentaries are takes a unique, provocative look at stunningly photographed, poetically true or false. Held for the first time at Catholic clergy abuse. rendered documentary of the war-torn this year’s True/False, the Gimme Truth country as seen through the eyes of the program was one of the festival’s high- The film is told from the point of view fiercely proud factions who live there. lights, and the St. Louis sequel is sure to of survivor Paul Cultrera, the brother be just as lively and fun-filled. of director Joe Cultrera. Although the An opus in three parts – focusing in focus remains firmly on Paul’s story, the turn on the Sunnis, Shia, and Kurds KDHX-TV has invited local filmmak- documentary explores the larger abuse- – the provocative “Iraq in Fragments” ers to make short “documentaries” … related controversies in the Archdio- offers a series of intimate, passionately but some are actual docs and some are cese of Boston. The film also prompts felt portraits. As ’ pure fiction. a dialogue within the family, requiring A.O. Scott writes, “Whether you think the director and his father to examine the war is right or wrong, ‘Iraq in Frag- We’ll screen the best of the submissions their own feelings toward the Church. ments’ is a necessary reminder of just at the program, and Gimme Truth’s how painful and complicated it is.” three contestants – directors Terry “Hand of God” is a frankly told tale Zwigoff (“Bad Santa: The Director’s about the abuse of power and an engag- “Iraq in Fragments” was the winner of Cut”) and Sarah Kelly (“The Lather ing portrait of family, community, and the Best Director, Best Effect”) and “Wholphin” editor Brent the triumph of individual spirit. and Best Editing awards in the 2006 Hoff – will ask questions of the film- Director Cultrera will attend. Sundance Film Festival documentary makers to try to determine the movies’ competition. The film was also awarded veracity. With the audience’s help – and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Full kibitzing from host John Pertzborn Frame Documentary Film Festival. of KTVI/Fox 2 – they’ll then compete with one another by voting on whether the movies are true or false.

26 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 27 LOVER OTHER MAQUILAPOLIS: MR. MAYOR: Directed by Barbara Hammer CITY OF FACTORIES THE LIFE OF U.S., 2005, 55 min. Directed by VICKY FUNARI AND A.J. CERVANTES Monday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Sergio De La Torre Saint Louis Art Museum Directed by Michael Barnard U.S., 2006, 68 min. U.S., 2006, 100 min. Veteran experimental filmmaker Saturday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Barbara Hammer’s documentary tells Webster University the fascinating story of two Jewish Moolah Theatre stepsisters living together as lovers, Opening-Night Gala Presentation artists, and resisters on the Isle of Maquiladoras are multinational fac- Jersey during the German Occupation. tories along the U.S.-Mexico border World Premiere Hammer creates a fascinating portrait where tens of thousands of women of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore are employed and then discarded. The Produced by A.J. Cervantes Jr., “Mr. by deftly mixing the surrealist photo- factories ignore workers’ rights and cre- Mayor” vividly chronicles the rich and graphic self-portraits of Cahun, texts ate chronic health problems by spewing colorful life of the two-term mayor of and illustrations by Moore, interviews toxic waste into the surrounding area. with contemporaries, and accounts of St. Louis during the turbulent 1960s the stepsisters’ trial by the Nazis. Co-directors Vicky Funari and Sergio and ’70s.

With RYAN De La Torre provided cameras to some The film tells a uniquely American Directed by Chris Landre of the workers in these border factories. Canada, 2004, 14 min. As a Variety critic notes, “By making story of a rebellious kid from modest the women themselves an integral part beginnings on St. Louis’ South Side An experimental docudrama about of the filmmaking process, Funari and who rose to become one of the nation’s Ryan Larkin, a renowned, ground- De La Torre enable them to successfully breaking animator who now lives and most dynamic and controversial urban panhandles on the streets of Montreal, tackle challenges many would consider leaders. Tracing Cervantes’ progression “Ryan” won the 2005 Oscar for Best hopeless. Refusing pity, these women into a highly successful businessman, Animated Short. exhibit a determination and faith in civic leader, and devoted family man, the future that can only be described as the documentary tells an inspirational uplifting.” With THE TRIBE story of change and growth during a Directed byTiffany Shlain chaotic era in a challenged city. U.S., 2005, 18 min. With ¿QUÉ SERÁ, SERÁ? Among the people interviewed in the “The Tribe” weaves together archival Directed by Sarah Paulsen film are three-term St. Louis Mayor footage, graphics, animation, Barbie 2006, 16 min. Vince Schoemehl, former U.S. Rep. dioramas, and slam poetry to relate the Richard Gephardt, and former U.S. history of the Jewish people. Narrated This innovative documentary uses by Peter Coyote. Sen. Thomas Eagleton. stop-motion animation of collages and Director Hammer will attend paintings to tell the compelling story Producer Cervantes, director and receive the 2006 Women in of Pepe and Jaime, undocumented im- Barnard, and former Mayor migrants growing up in St. Louis whose Film Award. Schoemehl will attend. future is put in limbo after an arrest. 26 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 27 THE O TAPES RAIN IN A DRY RIVERBOAT Directed by Chris Arnold LAND DREAMS U.S., 2006, 92 min. Directed by Anne Makepeace Directed by Jay Kanzler Saturday, Nov. 11, 10:15 p.m., U.S., 2006, 82 min. U.S., 2005, 57 min. Tivoli 3 Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, 9:45 p.m., Tivoli 1 Saint Louis Art Museum Tivoli 3

Veteran documentary director Anne “Riverboat Dreams” looks at America’s In startlingly frank on-camera inter- Makepeace (“Coming to Light,” SLIFF ever-increasing addiction to gambling views, more than 50 women, ranging 2000) returns with this sobering film through the stories of those who have in age from 18 to 85, share the pleasure that chronicles the lives of two extend- risked their hopes and dreams by plac- of female sexual satisfaction – and the ed Somali Bantu families as they leave ing a wager on the riverboat casinos in pain caused by orgasm’s absence. behind a 200-year legacy of oppression Illinois and Missouri. The film docu- According to a recent study in the in Africa to face new challenges in a strange new land. ments the efforts of a once-thriving American Journal of Medicine, “43 little town in Missouri’s Bible Belt to percent of American women are either Having escaped into Kenya during the revive itself by building a riverboat non-orgasmic or will be non-orgasmic civil war in the early , the Somalis casino on its shores and examines the for a significant period in their lives.” lived a grim existence in refugee camps, devastation of gambling addiction but the film’s featured families find no “The O Tapes” tries to put its finger on through first-person accounts. the problem, so to speak, by offering a real escape in America, where a mod- mix of historical perspectives, expert ern, urban life presents new problems Director Kanzler will attend and commentary, and intimate interviews. of a radically different kind. Affection- discuss the film’s issues with a panel ate but rigorously honest, “Rain in a moderated by KTRS (550 AM) radio “The O Tapes” takes viewers on a Dry Land” doesn’t flinch from present- host McGraw Milhaven and featuring ing difficult truths. remarkable journey that’s by turns Gene McNary, executive director of the daring, amusing, and enlightening. The Variety reviewer John Anderson writes, Missouri Gaming Commission; Mark film’s sassy, confidential air will espe- “In following two subject families in Andrews, executive director of Casino cially delight female viewers – though their transition from Somalian refugee Watch; Carl Officer, mayor of East St. some of their male dates might find camp to underclass America, film- Louis; and Mike Fitzgerald, reporter for themselves squirming. maker Anne Makepeace never reduces the Belleville News-Democrat. them to devices or symbols or anything Director Arnold will attend. less than human beings caught in the Sponsored by Kevin Abel cross-hairs of global politics…. Even and Carol Ponciroli, Patty and if the subjects of ‘Rain in a Dry Land’ Jeff Brandt, John and Margie have much to rail against in their lives, Haug, John Kane and Connie they can be grateful for such a com- passionate telling of what is often a Kam, Mark Leadlove and Tara heartbreaking story.” Ricci, and David and Carol Roodman. 28 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 29 SILVER SPURS SMALL TOWN SOUND OF THE Directed by Doug Whyte GAY BAR SOUL U.S., 2006, 80 min. Directed by Malcolm Ingram Directed by Stephen Olsson Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5:15 p.m., U.S., 2006, 81 min. U.S., 2005, 70 min. Tivoli 3 Thursday, Nov. 16, 9:45 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m., Tivoli 1 Saint Louis Art Museum Existing almost anonymously on the corner of Texas and Utah in South St. Director Malcolm Ingram illustrates In a world increasingly polarized by Louis, Silver Spurs is a Western-themed how gay bars function as oases of religious conflicts and fundamental- facility that provides a fascinating acceptance and sources of alternative ist forces, Stephen Olsson’s uplifting backdrop for an in-depth look at life in families in this exploration of racism music-themed documentary trans- an American group home. and homophobia in the Mississippi ports viewers on an exhilarating and Bible Belt. thought-provoking cinematic journey, Following the lives of the mentally ill reverberating with unity, understand- The film clearly shows that in many and developmentally disabled residents ing, and hope. communities the struggle for visibility as they struggle for dignity, emotional and dignity for people of alternative The film documents the remarkable Fez stability, and independence, “Silver lifestyles remains in its infancy. Inter- Festival of World Sacred Music in Mo- Spurs” is a powerfully rendered exami- view subjects offer candid accounts of rocco. This open-minded Arab city is nation of mental illness that captures living with fear and oppression: keep- the ideal location for a fest that brings the beauty and resilience of the human ing their sexuality under wraps in the together a unique array of performers, spirit. workplace and often with their families, musicians, and vocalists from Af- Director Doug Whyte, whose funeral- coping with physical attacks, and deal- ghanistan, England, Morocco, Russia, home documentary “A Slice of Life and ing with the threat of public exposure Ireland, Mauritania, France, Turkey, Death” appeared in the 2002 SLIFF, from the religious right. and the U.S. will screen “Silver Spurs” as a work-in- Witty Tupelo drag queen Alicia Stone progress. provides a brief history of rural gay With RIDE OF THE Director Whyte will attend. bars in the area that have come and MERGANSERS gone, frequently the victims of Chris- tian Coalition crackdowns. Directed by Steve Furman U.S., 2004, 11 min. Director Ingram will attend.

Sponsored by the Gateway This heartwarming blend of natural history, humor, and suspense follows a Men’s Chorus. hooded merganser and her ducklings as they ready to leave the nest.

28 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 29 THIN THE TRIALS OF TRIBUTE TO ALBERT Directed by DARRYL HUNT MAYSLES with the work- Lauren Greenfield Directed by Ricki Stern and in-progress THE GATES U.S., 2006, 103 min. Annie Sundberg Directed by Albert Maysles Sunday, Nov. 12, 2:30 p.m., U.S., 2006, 113 min. and Antonio Ferrera Tivoli 1 Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Tivoli 3 U.S., 2006, approx. 80 min. Thursday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Tivoli 1 Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Photographer Lauren Greenfield’s fly- Saint Louis Art Museum on-the-wall study of four clients of a “The Trials of Darryl Hunt” is a power- Florida facility for young women with ful and unsettling chronicle of the eating disorders is, in Variety’s words, 20-year struggle to free a man twice SLIFF pays tribute to filmmaker Albert “part indictment of the U.S. health care convicted of a crime he didn’t com- Maysles with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Documentary. The award system and part graphic condemna- mit. Directors Ricki Stern and Annie will be renamed in honor of the Mayles tion of our culture’s obsession with Sundberg sketch a quietly damning portrait of a North Carolina commu- Brothers. thinness.” The film, says reviewer John nity divided by a horrific crime and its With his late brother David, Albert Anderson, “makes its case objectively racially charged aftermath. by neither exploiting its subjects nor Maysles helped establish the Direct soft-pedaling their plight.” In 1984, a young white newspaper Cinema movement. Taking a fly-on- reporter was raped, sodomized, and the-wall approach, the filmmakers According to experts, one out of every stabbed to death just blocks from attempted to capture events as non-in- seven adolescent American females suf- where she worked in Winston-Salem, trusively as possible. Key Maysles work fers from an eating disorder. Greenfield N.C. Based on an ID made by a former includes “Salesman,” “Gimme Shelter,” concentrates on four principals, a cross Klan member, a 19-year-old black man, and “Grey Gardens.” Darryl Hunt, was charged. No physical section of the types of personalities and evidence linked him to the crime, yet The program features a screening of problems that result in self-starvation. he was convicted by an all-white jury the work-in-progress feature “The Gates,” which documents Christo and Greenfield’s well-structured, fiercely and sentenced to life imprisonment. In Jeanne-Claude’s epic work in New York candid movie is, most of all, a provoca- 1994, DNA testing cleared Hunt, yet he would spend another 10 years behind City’s Central Park in 2005. St. Louis tion. With an unflinching eye, “Thin” bars. Post-Dispatch visual-arts critic David offers an emotional journey through Bonetti will conduct a Q&A with May- the world of eating disorders, the Hunt’s case would understandably sles and co-director Antonio Ferrera. A culture of rehab, and the relationships, shatter anyone’s faith in the system, but compilation of highlights from Maysles’ rules, and rituals that define everyday the film remains cautiously optimistic, other work will also screen, and Mike acknowledging the persistent heroism life in an institution. Steinberg, filmmaker and director of of those who worked on his behalf. Webster University , will More than a decade in the making, this conduct an interview with Maysles on film is a textbook example of the re- his career. wards that come about from the patient pursuit of justice. Co-directors Maysles and Ferrera will appear. 30 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 31 TRIBUTE TO CHARLES TRIBUTE TO LES UNFOLDING GUGGENHEIM BLANK with the work-in- FLORENCE: with A CITY DECIDES progress THE TEA FILM THE MANY LIVES Directed by Directed by Les Blank and OF FLORENCE CHARLES Guggenheim Gina Leibrecht BROADHURST U.S., 1956, 28 min. U.S., 2006, 65 min. Saturday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., Directed by Saturday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Saint Louis Art Museum Gillian Armstrong Webster University Australia, 2005, 82 min. SLIFF pays tribute to the family of filmmaker Charles Guggenheim with SLIFF pays tribute to Les Blank with Monday, Nov. 13, 7:15 p.m., the Cinema St. Louis Award. The award a Maysles Brothers Lifetime Achieve- Tivoli 3 will be renamed in honor of Charles ment Award in Documentary. Guggenheim. Although “Burden of Dreams,” a rivet- Veteran feature and documentary From his filmmaking beginnings in director Gillian Armstrong (“My Bril- St. Louis in 1954, the late Charles ing record of the disaster-plagued film- ing of Werner Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo,” liant Career,” “Little Women”) skillfully Guggenheim went on to greatness: cooks up a tasty series of interviews, 12 Oscar nominations and a body of remains his enduring masterpiece, Python-esque animation, and gor- documentary work unrivaled in its Blank is best known for his exuberant breadth, consistency, and integrity. His explorations of ethno-musical subcul- geously staged re-enactments to ex- time in St. Louis produced such locally tures, including “The Blues Accordin’ plore the fascinating life (and unsolved significant work as “Monument to the to Lightin’ Hopkins” and “Always for murder) of Florence Broadhurst. Dream” (on the Gateway Arch) and Pleasure.” Broadhurst’s humble origins were as a the feature “The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery.” Guggenheim’s filmmaking Blank also loves eating and drink- farmer’s daughter in rural Queensland, legacy continues through daughter ing, which is evident in this program’s but she later became a celebrated Grace (who produced his final film, work-in-progress feature, “The Tea cabaret dancer in 1920s Shanghai, ran “Berga”) and son Davis (who directed Film,” which follows world-renowned her own fashion boutique in 1930s “”). American tea importer David Lee , and swept over Sydney society Hoffman to some of the most remote as a painter and charity queen. But it This program features excerpts from regions of China. The program will also was in her last incarnation as a wallpa- Guggenheim’s major work and a Q&A feature a tribute reel compiled by local per designer that she really made her with his wife, Marion, and daughter, filmmaker RD Zurick and two other Grace, conducted by former St. Louis mark: Her bold, exotic designs remain new works-in-progress: “Being There” in huge demand internationally. Post-Dispatch managing editor Richard (2006, 13 min.), on documentary film- Weil. The evening concludes with a maker Richard Leacock; and “Butch Archive footage and inventive dramati- screening of Guggenheim’s first Oscar Anthony” (2006, 20 min.), on the zations elegantly complement the fasci- nominee, “A City Decides.” Alabama outsider artist. nating interviews that slowly reveal the Daughter Grace Guggenheim Director Blank will appear. many lives of a larger-than-life woman still widely loved by the enthusiastic and wife Marion Guggenheim friends and colleagues who survive her. will attend. 30 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 31 Features

WELCOME TO A. (ANONYMOUS) ALMOST BROTHERS SOUL CITY: Directed by Daniel Bowers Directed by Lúcia Murat A HIP-HOP ODYSSEY U.S., 2006, 53 min. Brazil, 2004, 102 min. Saturday, Nov. 18, Noon, Tivoli 3 Directed by Dante Hinkle Language: Portuguese U.S., 2006, 60 min. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m., St. Louis native Daniel Bowers of- Tuesday, Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m., Tivoli 3 fers a sly mockumentary about Gavin Plaza Frontenac 1 Tartowski, a barista at Dippin’ Donuts Friday, Nov. 17, 9:30 p.m., Plaza and self-proclaimed guru. Looking for This energetic documentary highlights Frontenac 1 the talents and viewpoints of some a support group to help him with his of the underrated and underexposed compulsion to wear extremely tight Director Lúcia Murat offers a com- hip-hop artists of St. Louis’ music com- pants, Gavin was turned away from munity. 12-step programs like AA, NA, and mentary on the seemingly unbridge- GA. “Why all the labels?” Gavin asks. able class differences in contemporary Reviewing “Welcome to Soul City” “Why not put all problems under one Rio de Janeiro, a city of devastating on its debut at the St. Louis Filmmak- umbrella?” economic inequities. This poignant film ers Showcase, the Riverfront Times is the story of two men: white, middle- described the film as a “well-shot, class Miguel and black favela-dweller lyrical documentary” that “turns the With DIVE: TRUE DUMPSTER TALES Jorge, who meet as boys through their microphone, the narration and the vision over to the St. Louis hip-hop art- Directed by Jeff Harris fathers’ mutual passion for music. ists — mainly MCs — who are making U.S., 2006, 16 min. Miguel, now a senator and do-gooder music not primarily for the fame or campaigning for an urban-renewal glory, but because they’ve got some- An animated documentary telling true project in Santa Marta, visits Jorge in thing to say.” stories from Dan Cross’ adventures in Dumpster diving. prison to enlist his support. Jorge is the Featured performers include Nato neighborhood drug lord who com- Caliph, Kash, Ace Boogey, Black Spade, mands his little army from prison via and Reminise. With KNIFE GIRLS cell phone with a chilling callousness. Directed by Emily Singer Their friendship is tentatively renewed as they discover that their lives have With KATRINA U.S., 2006, 25 min. more in common than they ever real- Directed by Falaq Dora and Brenna team up to sell knives ized. U.S., 2005, 6 min. door to door. When the selling script fails to close the deal, the pair comes up “Almost Brothers” won the FIPRESCI This compelling laments with a few strategies of their own. Prize and Best Director Award at the and reveals the devastation of Hurri- Directors Harris and Singer will 2004 Rio de Janeiro International Film cane Katrina. attend. Festival. Director Hinkle will attend, and rapper Falaq will perform.

32 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 33 APART FROM THAT APOCALYPSE AND APPROACHING Directed by Jennifer Shainin THE BEAUTY QUEEN UNION SQUARE and Randy Walker Directed by Thomas Smugala Directed by Marc Meyers U.S., 2006, 120 min. U.S., 2006, 95 min. U.S., 2006, 80 min. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 p.m., Tivoli 1 Saturday, Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m., Tivoli 3 Tivoli 3 WORLD PREMIERE Using three sets of strangers living in Based on his monologues for stage, the Pacific Northwest, first-time direct- freshman Marc Meyers’ ing team Jennifer Shainin and Randy St. Louisan Thomas Smugala makes his film is a thought-provoking collage of Walker take an honest look at human feature debut with this futuristic tale of 11 separate tales of thirtysomething vulnerability and the inherent similari- moral bankruptcy in post-apocalyptic America. New Yorkers struggling to find love and ties between very different people in an connection in the big city. emotional landscape that unites them all. Amber is a bitter former model who leaves New York and returns to her The film begins with an agitated wom- In the first story stand, Ulla, an in- an who delivers an extended mono- troverted student beautician, rents a small Midwestern hometown. When unforeseen circumstances leave the logue to her psychologist about the room in the home of Peggy, an elderly possibility she’s psychic. Subsequently exhibitionist who has made a habit out country in ruins, her aggressive attitude keeps her alive and safe. She organizes climbing on a bus, she’s of placing false phone calls to local fire surrounded by a group of people, and departments. In the second, Leo, a Na- and leads the locals on looting raids, acquiring a large stockpile of guns, we receive glimpses of revealing events tive American highway striper, searches in each traveler’s life for any distraction that might allow ammo, and food. In time, Amber him to forget that his best friend is dy- becomes the self-appointed queen of The strength of film lies in the natural, ing. Finally, there is Sam, a Vietnamese the county. unaffected delivery of each speech by banker who must make a decision at As absolute power begins to corrupt a cast of confident, largely unknown the office that splits him apart from his Amber, she falls under the influ- actors. adopted American son. ence of a wicked and sadistic friend Part of the Sundance Channel Variety says, “The film is a marvel, who charms her into mistreating her New Filmmakers Forum. subjects for amusement, with particu- with a singular vision in mood, editing, lar cruelty bestowed on the beautiful design and look.” Director Meyers will attend. women among them. Part of the Sundance Channel New Filmmakers Forum. This hauntingly beautiful film was shot in locations throughout Missouri. Directors Shainin and Walker Director Smugala will attend. will attend.

32 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 33 THE AURA (EL AURA) BAD SANTA: THE BEHIND THE MASK: Directed by Fabián Bielinsky DIRECTOR’S CUT THE RISE OF LESLIE Argentina, 2005, 134 min. Directed by Terry Zwigoff VERNON Language: Spanish U.S., 2003, 98 min. Directed by Saturday, Nov. 18, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Tivoli 1 Scott Glosserman Plaza Frontenac 1 U.S., 2005, 92 min. Terry Zwigoff presents the director’s cut Friday, Nov. 10, 9:45 p.m., Tivoli 3 Talented writer/director Fabián Bielin- of “Bad Santa,” a pitch-black comedy sky (“Nine Queens”) died tragically of in which offers a First-time director Scott Glosserman tour-de-force performance as Willie – a a heart attack at the age of 47 after the takes us on a creepy and funny joyride drunken, chain-smoking, safe-cracking completion of this assured, powerful in this smart, refreshing, and reverently sex maniac who robs stores at Christ- dramatic thriller. mastime dressed as . Roger affectionate skewering of the slasher genre. A shy taxidermist often secretly dreams Ebert accurately describes “Bad Santa” of executing the perfect robbery. as “a demented, twisted, unreasonably In the world of “Behind the Mask,” funny work of comic kamikaze style.” When he goes on a hunting trip in the characters like Freddy Krueger, Jason Patagonian forest, he stumbles on an In the midst of all this ugliness, a Voorhees, and Michael Myers are real, opportunity to make his dreams come friendless 10-year old attaches him- and up-and-coming serial maniac true. As he’s caught up in a world of self to Willie’s Bad Santa, who finds Leslie Vernon intends to join them in complex new rules and frightening the chubby, peculiar youth annoying infamy by inviting a documentary film violence, his lack of experience puts but useful – and perhaps even a little crew to accompany him on a killing redemptive. him in real danger, and his epilepsy spree. Although the film offers inven- provides another complicated liability. This profanely hilarious comedy also tive and stylish satire, horror fans will Before each seizure, he is visited by the features stellar appearances by the late revel in the film’s darker side. “aura,” a paradoxical moment of confu- John Ritter, Bernie Mac, and Lauren sion and enlightenment where the past Graham. The film pays tribute to its forebears: and future seem to blend. “’s” diminutive clairvoyant Director Zwigoff will attend, Zelda Rubinstein plays a doom-and- This electrifying film won six Silver and longtime St. Louis Post-Dis- gloom librarian, and slasher legend Condors at the 2006 Argentinian Film patch critic Harper Barnes will Robert Englund gives a knowing nod Critics Association Awards and the conduct a post-film Q&A. to Donald Pleasance’s Dr. Loomis from FIPRESCI Prize at the 2005 Havana the “Halloween” movies. Film Festival. Co-presented by Ragtag Cinema in Columbia, Mo. Part of the Sundance Channel New Filmmakers Forum. Sponsored by J. Kim Tucci. Director Glosserman will attend.


Friday Saturday Sunday Monday November 10 November 11 November 12 November 13

2:30 p.m.: Story of Pao 2:30 p.m.: Eleven 2:15 p.m.: Iraq in Frag- 2:30 p.m.: Thirst Men Out ments 5 p.m.: In the Battle- 4:45 p.m.: Beowulf & 5 p.m.: Gabrielle 5 p.m.: In a Day fields Grendel Plaza Frontenac 1 7 p.m.: In A Day 7:30 p.m.: The Trouble 7 p.m.: The Trouble 7 p.m.: A Comedy of With Dee Dee with Dee Dee Power 9:30 p.m.: Story of Pao 9:30 p.m.: Invisible 9:15 p.m.: Beowulf & 9:30 p.m.: Dreaming of Waves Grendel Space

7 p.m.: Venus 2 p.m.: Robotech: 12:15 p.m.: Gimme 5 p.m.: Believe in Me The Shadow Chron- Truth 9:15 p.m.: Short Subject icles 7:30 p.m.: Requiem 2:30 p.m.: Thin Program 1 – Films of the Animated Kind 4:30 p.m.: The 9:45 p.m.: F**K Lather Effect 4:45 p.m.: Believe in Me Tivoli 1 7 p.m.: Bad Santa: The Director’s Cut 7:30 p.m.: The Gateway Arch: Reflections of 10 p.m.: Apocalypse America and the Beauty Queen 9:45 p.m.: The O Tapes

7:15 p.m.: Steel City Noon: Seminar 11 a.m.: NFF Coffee and 5:15 p.m.: Johnny “Selling Your Awards Program Was

9:45 p.m.: Behind the Dream” 12:45 p.m.: Best of SLFS Mask Short Subject Program 7:15 p.m.: Unfolding 2:30 p.m.: Apart Florence From That Midnight: Severance 3 p.m.: This Is a Busi- 5:30 p.m.: Ap- ness 9:15 p.m.: What Tivoli 3 proaching Union 5:15 p.m.: What Means Means Motley? Square Motley? 8 p.m.: Intellectual 7:15 p.m.: The Lather Property Effect 10:15 p.m.: The O 9:30 p.m.: Wholphin Tapes Short Subject Program

1 p.m.: Charles 2 p.m.: Rain in a Dry 7:30 p.m.: Lover Guggenheim Os- Land Other car-Winning Short Documentaries 4 p.m.: Son of Man

3:30 p.m.: Son of 7 p.m.: Cabiria Man Saint Louis Art 5:30 p.m.: Sound of Museum the Soul

7:30 p.m.: Charles Guggenheim Trib- ute

Special-Event Venues “Mr. Mayor” Gala Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Moolah Theatre, 3821 Lindell Boulevard

Book/DVD Signing with Terry Zwigoff, Tom Huck, Dan Zettwoch, and Monte Beauchamp Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. Star Clipper, 6392 Delmar Boulevard

“Stop By. Shoot Film.” Kodak Seminar Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 13-14 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Centene Center for Arts and Education, 3547 Olive Street

“Judith Simon” Program Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis 8001 Natural Bridge Road

Closing-Night Party Sunday, Nov. 19 on 8 p.m. Mandarin, 44 Maryland Plaza

36 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 37 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday November 14 November 15 November 16 November 17 November 18 November 19

2 p.m.: The Night of 2:30 p.m.: In the 2:30 p.m.: Almost 2:30 p.m.: Cinema, 12:30 p.m.: These 1:30 p.m.: From Sub- Truth Battlefields Brothers Aspirin and Vultures Foolish Things way With Love

4 p.m.: Thirst 4:30 p.m.: The Night 5 p.m.: Man Push 5 p.m.: Man Push 2:45 p.m.: Starter For 3:45 p.m.: Through of Truth Cart Cart Ten the Eyes of Another 6:30 p.m.: Three Times 7 p.m.: Ten Canoes 7 p.m.: Changing 7 p.m.: Gray Matters 5 p.m.: Climates 6 p.m.: The Lives of Times Others 9:15 p.m.: Summer 9 p.m.: Looking for 9:30 p.m.: Almost 7:15 p.m.: Family Law Palace Cheyenne 9:15 p.m.: Cinema, Brothers Aspirin and Vultures 9:30 p.m.: The Aura

5 p.m.: Goodbye, 5 p.m.: Goodbye, 5 p.m.: The Trials of 5 p.m.: Global Lens 2 p.m.: Skies Above 1:30 p.m.: Citizen Momo Momo Darryl Hunt Short Subject Pro- the Landscape Dog gram 7:15 p.m.: Johnny Was 7:15 p.m.: Cave of 7:15 p.m.: Hand of 4:30 p.m.: Cocaine 4 p.m.: Canvas the Yellow Dog God 7:15 p.m.: Citizen Cowboys 9:30 p.m.: Piano Tuner Dog 7 p.m.: Rescue Dawn of Earthquakes 9:30 p.m.: Tideland 9:45 p.m.: Small 7 p.m.: Chronicles of Town Gay Bar 9:30 p.m.: Candy an Escape

Midnight: The Host 9:30 p.m.: The District

5:30 p.m.: Welcome 5:15 p.m.: Silver 5 p.m.: Tapestry of 5 p.m.: Short Subject Noon: A. (anonymous) 2 p.m.: Short Subject to Soul City Spurs Shadows Program 5 – Smor- with Dive and Knife Program 7 – Passport Girls gasbord – Swedish 7:30 p.m.: Inner 7 p.m.: The Trials of 7:30 p.m.: Riverboat Film is Here! 4:15 p.m.: Short Sub- 2:30 p.m.: Beyond the ject Program 8 – Day Circle Line Darryl Hunt Dreams Call 7 p.m.: Shoot the from Hell 9:45 p.m.: Short 9:45 p.m.: Short Sub- 9:45 p.m.: Short Sub- Messenger 5 p.m.: Beautiful Subject Program 2 ject Program 3 – Left ject Program 4 – Guf- Daughters 6:45 p.m.: East of

– Fish in the Sea Field faw 9:45 p.m.: Ways of Havana 7:30 p.m.: Ghosts of the Flesh Cite Soleil

9:45 p.m.: Short Sub- ject Program 6 – Ani- mation: Sweet & Sour

7:30 p.m.: Border 5 p.m.: Max and 6 p.m.: Stolen Life 7 p.m.: Tribute to 6 p.m.: Elsa & Fred 3:30 p.m.: U-Carmen Café Mona Albert Maysles with e-Khayelitsha 8 p.m.: The Flowers the work-in-prog- 8:30 p.m.: U-Carmen 8 p.m.: Show People of St. Francis with ress The Gates e-Khayelitsha 6 p.m.: Elsa & Fred My Dad Is 100 Years Old

8 p.m.: The Naked 8 p.m.: Boardwalk 8 p.m.: Land of the 5 p.m.: Maquilapolis 6 p.m.: Always for Ape Blind Pleasure 7 p.m.: Tribute to Les Blank with The Tea Film and other Webster works-in-progress University

36 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 37 BORDER CAFÉ CABIRIA CANDY (CAFÉ TRANSIT) Directed by Directed by Neil Armfield Directed by Giovanni Pastrone Australia, 2006, 116 min. Kambuzia Partovi Italy, 1914, 180 min. Friday, Nov. 17, 9:30 p.m., Tivoli 1 Iran, 2005, 105 min. Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Language: Greek, Persian, and Turkish Saint Louis Art Museum Acclaimed Aussie theatrical director Neil Armfield adapts Luke Davies’ best- Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Saint This beautiful, enthralling film is the selling novel “Candy” into a contem- Louis Art Museum acknowledged masterpiece of the porary love story of startlingly lyrical Italian silent costume epics. Known beauty. Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Kambozia Partovi’s elegant film is a so- for its innovations – it was the first to and star. cially oriented drama and modern les- use the dolly shot – “Cabiria” exerted In the title role, Cornish delivers a fear- son about in world of stifling strong influence over D.W. Griffith’s less portrayal of a young artist whose patriarchy. Partovi has become perhaps “Intolerance.” Painstakingly restored lust for life takes her to the of san- Iran’s most impressive by the Museo N�azionale���������������������� del Cinema in ity. Ledger breathes a sweet and tender voice with such films as “The Circle” Torino, Italy,���������������������������� the film has not been seen optimism into Dan, a sometime-poet and “I Am Taraneh, Fifteen Years Old.” in its full form for decades. U�nder�������� the lost in love with her. In heroin – the auspices of admirer Martin Scorsese, In “Border Café,” an independent- other candy – they find a dark path to the restoration received its premiere at minded Iranian widow flouts tradi- limitless pleasure. Hooked as much on this year’s . tion by reopening her late husband’s one another as they are on the drug, Europe/Asia border café despite rigid In the film, young Cabiria is kidnapped their relationship alternates between social standards that explicitly discour- by pirates. She is sold as a slave in states of oblivion, self-destruction, and age her. Isolated from her friends and Carthage, but just before Cabiria is to despair. neighbors for her headstrong efforts, be sacrificed to the god Moloch, she A gritty, searing triumph, “Candy” she also faces pressure from her con- is rescued by a Roman noble and his opens the door on a dream vision that servative brother-in-law, who longs to giant slave. After finding a place of safe will have meaning for all who have take her as his second wife. keeping for Cabiria, the slave is cap- been dazzled by the beauty of the tured, but the noble manages to escape. Partovi’s pacing is masterful, and the world. film builds a pressure-cooker atmo- Ten years later, after the Punic Wars, he sphere. Fereshteh Sadre Orafaei’s lead returns to Carthage to look for Cabiria performance burns steadily and quietly, and his loyal slave. with few explosions, and helps steer the Pianist Curt Landes will accom- film away from emotional excess. pany the film, which will fea- Part of Global Lens 2006. ture two short intermissions.

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38 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 39 CANVAS THE CAVE OF THE CHANGING TIMES Directed by Joseph Greco YELLOW DOG (LES TEMPS QUI CHANGENT) U.S., 2006, 100 min. (DIE HOEHLE DES GELBEN Directed by André Téchiné HUNDES) Sunday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m., Tivoli 1 France, 2004, 90 min. Directed by Language: French Love and the magic of sailing are inter- Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Plaza Mongolia, 2005, 93 min., woven in this character-driven story Frontenac 1 of one family’s struggle with mental Language: Mongolian illness. A powerful debut by director Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7:15 p.m., Internationally acclaimed director Joseph Greco, the film features Oscar Tivoli 1 André Téchiné (“Wild Reeds,” “My winner and Joe Favorite Season”) brings together two Pantoliano (“”). Writer/director Byambasuren Davaa of international cinema’s biggest stars Ten-year old Chris lives in a blue-col- (“The Story of the Weeping Camel”) – Gérard Depardieu and Catherine lar beach town where he often can be offers simple pleasures in his quiet Deneuve – in a film about love and the found fishing at the water’s edge. His story told without adornment. The sacrifices that we make along the way. uncommunicative father, John (Pan- mass materialism of the 21st century Antoine (Depardieu) has held a torch toliano), works in construction. His has barely made an incursion into the for his first love Cécile (Deneuve) for mother, Mary (Harden) suffers from film’s world, where nomads eke out a 30 years. Traveling to Tangiers, he schizophrenia and spends her days and living with their sheep and cattle on the hopes to rekindle their romance but nights attempting to paint her bizarre Mongolian steppes. is discouraged to learn that she is now dreams onto canvas. Nansal, the 6-year-old daughter of the married to a Moroccan several Unable to accept his wife’s illness or Batchulum family, heads off to collect years her junior. Determined to have relate to Chris, John tries to cope by dried manure for her mother to smoke her fall in love with him again, Antoine immersing himself in the construc- meat. During her erratic wandering, ignores her protests and continues his tion of a large, mysterious object in the she chances on a stray dog hidden in a pursuit. front yard, neglecting both his son and mountain cave and brings it back to the The New York Times describes “Chang- his job. But a pivotal confrontation ul- family’s summer camp. ing Times” as “a rich, warmhearted timately leads father and son to a better The Batchulums’ story is told in a exploration of cultural collision in con- understanding of each other’s hopes, series of episodes emphasizing the temporary Morocco” and observes that fears, and dreams. nomadic respect for nature, the age-old “much of the movie’s charm lies in its Director Greco and executive bond between man and dog, and the sheer vitality. Mr. Téchiné loves people producer George Hickenlooper Mongolian reverence for the concept of and life, and every scene is filled with will attend. reincarnation. What comes across most light, music, activity and a sensuous is the genuine love swirling around the appreciation of landscape.” Sponsored by Carrie Houk family yurt. Sponsored by Alliance Francais. Casting.

38 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 39 CHRONICLES OF AN CINEMA, ASPIRIN CITIZEN DOG ESCAPE AND VULTURES (MAH NAKORN) (CRÓNICA DE UNA FUGA) (CINEMA, ASPIRINAS Directed by Directed by Adrián Caetan E URUBUS) Wisit Sasanatieng Thailand, 2004, 100 min. Argentina, 2006, 103 min. Directed by Marcelo Gomes Language: Thai Language: Spanish Brazil, 2005, 99 min. Language: Portuguese Friday, Nov. 17, 7:15 p.m., Tivoli 1 Saturday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Tivoli 1 Thursday, Nov. 16, 9:15 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19, 1:30 p.m., Tivoli 1 Award-winning director Adrián Caeta- Plaza Frontenac 1 no tells a tense story of an innocent Veteran SLIFF director Wisit Sasana- Friday, Nov. 17, p.m., 2:30, man kidnapped by sadistic government tieng (“Nang-nak,” “Tears of the Black Plaza Frontenac 1 forces in “Chronicles of an Escape.” Tiger”) offers a goofy, gorgeous, surreal Inspired by a memoir by Claudio Tam- modern fable about a country boy who Brazilian writer/director Marcelo burrini, the film is based on real events goes to the big city of Bangkok for Gomes presents a quixotic road tale work. The fast-paced introduction to in Argentina during the 1970s, a period of moving pictures, analgesics, and this warped, color-splashed reality is in which some 30,000 people were scavengers. nothing short of hilarious. killed under military rule. In 1942 in the middle of Northeastern In this bright, color-splashed world, After being falsely identified as an Brazil – on the other side of the world Pod is a man without a dream. He’s anti-government “terrorist,” the goal- from a war-torn Europe – two very a country bumpkin who works at a keeper of a little-known Argentinean tinned-sardine factory in Bangkok. He different men meet and travel together soccer team is kidnapped by a secret meets Jin, a lanky maid who carries a along dusty byways. The German Johan government police squad and sent to a mysterious white book around. Even is an aspirin salesman avoiding his detention center outside . though she cannot read a single word country’s draft, and he now pitches Prisoners are tortured, drugged, and written in it, she stubbornly believes his exotic product to peasants, using marched out to waiting cars to a certain that one day she’ll be able to decipher crudely effective advertising films as death. The last four, knowing that they it. The aimless Pod has a secret crush bait. Ranulpho, a rural Brazilian, is on Jin, but she is too caught up in her are marked for death, plan their escape. seeking work and an escape from the own world to notice. The film “turns the chilling story of drought. The unusual love story between Pod Argentina’s military regime and its “Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures” and Jin is set against the playfully ironic large-scale political murders into a received a Special Jury Prize and Best portrait of a Day-Glo and magical tense, exciting escape thriller,” accord- Award (Joao Miguel) at the Bangkok, a city where false dreams and ing to Variety, whose reviewer calls the real disillusionment make precious 2005 Rio de Janeiro International Film movie’s final third “a masterful exercise innocence impossible to preserve – yet Festival. in non-stop tension.” grandmothers can return from the Part of Global Lens 2006. dead as chatty geckos.

40 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 41 CLIMATES (IKLIMLER) A COMEDY OF THE DISTRICT Directed by POWER (NYOCKER!) Nuri Bilge Ceylan (L’IVRESSE DU POUVOIR) Directed by Áron Gauder Hungary, 2004, 88 min. Turkey, 2006, 101 min., Directed by Language: Hungarian Language: Turkish France, 2006, 110 min. Language: French Saturday, Nov. 18, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m., Tivoli 1 Plaza Frontenac 1 Friday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m., Plaza Frontenac 1 Budapest gets the “South Park” treat- Turkey’s elegist of existential ennui, ment in “The District,” Hungarian Nuri Bilge Ceylan (“Distant”), directs ’s performance pro- director Aron Gauder’s rap-infused, this razor-sharp study of a failed and vides immense pleasure in the legal animated musical love story and satiric collapsing modern relationship shown dramedy “Comedy of Power,” her geopolitical thriller. The stunning visu- largely through the eyes and mind of seventh outing with veteran French als, done in a distinctive, photo-realis- the male partner. The fact that the trou- director Claude Chabrol (“The Story of tic animation style, are punctuated by bled couple is played by Ceylan and his Women,” “”). cool Hungarian hip-hop. wife raises the stakes considerably. In this cat-and-mouse tale of big In a rough district of Budapest, a pair Isa (Ceylan) is a self-absorbed middle- cheeses who play fast and loose with of star-crossed lovers are part of an age university professor who’s petty and obscenity-spewing, ethnically diverse thoughtless to his younger girlfriend, company funds, Huppert is an exam- group of kids who light on a unique Bahar (Ebru Ceylan). Isa only commu- ining magistrate who recognizes that money-making idea. Traveling back nicates in the most rudimentary way, politicians and businessmen are in bed in time, they trap mammoths in a pit while Bahar indulges in crying jags and together and thinks it’s high time some- where Budapest will be built, then re- juvenile behavior. They are two lonely body changed the sheets. The film’s turn to the present to find the resulting figures dragged through the ever- story is inspired by a real Enron-like oil deposit. This newly minted energy changing climate of their inner selves scandal known as the “Elf Affair.” reserve, however, attracts the atten- in pursuit of a happiness that no longer tion of the U.S., with nearly disastrous belongs to them. As a study of male Chabrol manages to tweak both sides of results. weakness, “Climates” slices to the bone, the law in “Comedy of Power,” his 67th but its formal beauty and dry humor film, and he continues to take obvious Jaw-dropping for both its technical somewhat soften the blow. delight in the permutations of human virtuosity and its anything-goes subject stupidity. matter, “The District” is one the fun- The story takes place during three sea- niest and most foul-mouthed musicals sons (summer, autumn and snowbound Sponsored by Alliance Francais. ever made. winter), and the quality of the imag- ery is remarkable. The multilayered This film was curated by Rita Csapó- soundtrack is immensely detailed, from Sweet, associate professor of media the soft crackle of burning tobacco to studies at the University of Missouri- the susurration of a summer breeze. St. Louis.

40 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 41 DREAMING ELEVEN MEN OUT ELSA AND FRED OF SPACE (STRÁKARNIR OKKAR) (ELSA Y FRED) (KOSMOS KAK Directed by Directed by PREDCHUVSTVIE) Róbert I. Douglas Marcos Carnevale Iceland, 2005, 85 min. Directed by Aleksei Uchitel Spain/Argentina, 2005, 106 min. Language: Icelandic Russia, 2005, 90 min. Language: Spanish, Italian, and Language: Russian Saturday, Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m., English Plaza Frontenac 1 Friday, Nov. 10, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m., Saint Plaza Frontenac 1 Louis Art Museum Issues pertaining to sexuality, sports, Sunday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m., Saint and social acceptance are kicked Louis Art Museum SLIFF alumnus Aleksei Uchitel (“The around in this soccer-set gay comedy Stroll”) provides a revealing peek at a by director Róbert I. Douglas. Argentinian director Marcos Carnevale bustling Russian port city in “Dream- delights with “Elsa and Fred,” a story ing of Space,” which took top honors at Ottar, the self-absorbed star of a first- about two seniors who discover that it’s the 2005 Moscow film fest. place soccer team, shocks everyone by never too late to love or to dream. coming out of the closet in a magazine The Soviet space program of the late interview. Although his motivation After losing his wife, shy widower 1950s provides a symbol of hope for is no loftier than securing the cover, Alfredo (Manuel Alexandre) feels dis- Konyok and Lara – a naïve restaurant Ottar’s rash act leads to his ouster by turbed and confused. When his daugh- cook and his waitress girlfriend – who the club. When he then joins a team ter decides that it would be best if he follow the movement of Sputnik with that happens to have a few other gays, moved into a smaller apartment, Fred delight. But the course of their simple the straight players flee, and they’re meets the vibrant Elsa (China Zorilla), romance is disrupted by the appearance replaced by queer players from all who bursts into his life like a whirlwind of a mysterious stranger, the cynical over Iceland. Ottar’s new and old clubs and teaches him that the time he has big-city newcomer Gherman, who inevitably meet in the finals, which left to live is precious. seduces the couple with his dreams of hilariously coincides with a gay-pride freedom. Variety’s review offers particular praise march. for the leads: “Alexandre’s physi- London’s Time Out compares “Dream- Iceland’s distinctively dyspeptic humor cal frailty and control are a spot-on ing of Space” to Fassbinder but con- is perfectly in tune with the director’s counterpoint to Zorrilla’s delightfully cludes, “Uchitel’s movie proves finally deadpan yet boisterous tone, and excessive exuberance, the pair weaving sui generis as it intriguingly moves Douglas mixes up the coming-out and a delicate magic built on a combined from misty morning realist poetry to misfit-sports-team comedy formulas to 100-plus years of thesping experience.” affecting moments of Renoir-esque ensure a big win by “Eleven Men Out.” ecstasy.” Sponsored by Kenneth and Nancy Kranzberg.

42 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 43 FAMILY LAW THE FLOWERS OF FROM SUBWAY (DERECHO DE FAMILIA) ST. FRANCIS WITH LOVE Directed by (FRANCESCO, GIULLARE DI DIO) (ROMÁN PRO ZENY) Argentina, 2006, 100 min. Directed by Directed by Filip Renc Roberto Rossellini Language: Spanish Czech Republic, 2005, 100 min. Italy, 1950, 75 min. Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:15 p.m., Language: Czech Language: Italian Plaza Frontenac 1 Sunday, Nov. 19, 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Plaza Frontenac 1 Daniel Burman’s intensely personal Saint Louis Art Museum film is a deft, witty, and emotionally A Czech variation on the “Bridget Internationally renowned Italian direc- rewarding study of a thirtysomething Jones” model of comedic melodrama, man who feels lost in his roles as both tor Roberto Rossellini’s classic film is his first entry in a career-long explora- Filip Renc’s comedy “From Subway father and son. tion of biopics. With Love” entertains by virtue of its Ariel Perelman () is an sheer goodwill. The story is told via a series of attorney with serious father issues. His vignettes depicting St. Francis and his While traveling by subway to her job amiable and well-respected dad is a fellow monks in various encounters at an upscale women’s magazine, 23- tough act to follow, but Ariel is forced with each other and locals in the sur- year-old beauty Laura (Slovak actress to face his demons when his father dies rounding countryside. Each scene has a Zuzana Kanoczova) discovers that in unexpectedly. point, but the lessons are imparted with place of some advertising billboards grace, subtlety, and tranquil ease. A tale about people not talking to one on her train are passionate love letters another and discovering the truth only Co-written by Federico Fellini, “The intended for her. An extended and when it’s too late, “Family Law” is an Flowers of St. Francis” is filled with wildly hilarious flashback explains her elegantly restrained film that works warmth and surprising humor. relationship with the author – a rugged, largely by omission and ellipsis. older ad man who seduced her during With MY DAD IS 100 a skiing holiday in Slovakia’s Tatras YEARS OLD mountain range. Once reunited, the couple struggle to reconcile their dif- Directed by Guy Maddin ferences. Canada, 2005, 16 min. Fine use is made of spectacular Tatras Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman’s daugh- locations and distinctive costum- ter, Isabella, stars in this delightful, ing, and a sparkling supporting cast quirky ode to her famous father on the of oddballs highlight this stylish and eve of his 100th birthday. enjoyable film. Sponsored by the Italian Film Festival of St. Louis.

42 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 43 GABRIELLE GOODBYE, MOMO GRAY MATTERS Directed by Patrice Chéreau (A DIOS MOMO) Directed by Sue Kramer France, 2005, 90 min. Directed by U.S., 2006, 92 min. Language: French Leonardo Ricagni Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Plaza Uruguay, 2006, 108 min. Saturday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m., Frontenac 1 Plaza Frontenac 1 Language: Spanish Tuesday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m., Tivoli 1 A sophisticated comedy about love, Renowned French director Patrice Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m., life, and being true to oneself, “Gray Chéreau (“Intimacy,” “Queen Margot”) Tivoli 1 Matters” is set in New York City, and its offers a stunning adaptation of the bantering dialogue is reminiscent of a Uruguayan writer/director Leonardo short story “The Return” by Joseph 1940s classic. Able to evoke both laugh- Ricagni’s luscious film uses the brightly Conrad. Re-creating turn-of-the-centu- ter and tears, director Sue Kramer’s colored atmosphere of Carnival to ry France with superb attention to de- debut film celebrates the human spirit. tail, Chereau casts an unrelenting gaze transport the viewer to a magical place on the marital breakdown that over- where realism and surrealism live side They finish each other’s sentences, whelms a middle-age bourgeois couple by side. dance like Fred and Ginger, and share the same downtown loft. The perfect of immense wealth and social prestige Obdulio is a perky 11-year-old street couple? Not exactly. Gray (Heather in 1912 . The leads are played with kid who sells newspapers for a liv- Graham) and Sam () are chilling precision by Isabelle Huppert ing but does not read or write. He a sister and brother so compatible and and Pascal Greggory. befriends the night watchman of the inseparable that people actually assume newspaper, a magical Maestro who Wealthy Mr. Hervey (Greggory) they are dating. Mortified, they both will not only introduce him to reading believes in the sturdiness and success agree they must branch out and start and writing, but also teach him the real of his life, but his self-satisfaction is searching for love. But when Sam finds meaning of life during the mythical rudely shattered when he discovers his perfect mate in Charlie (Bridget nights of the Uruguayan Carnival. a letter written by his wife, Gabrielle Moynahan), Gray’s life turns inside out. (Huppert). The contents of the message This film is appropriate for audiences of The cast includes Oscar winner Sissy will crumble that security and plunge all ages. him into newfound feelings of vulner- Spacek, Emmy nominee Molly Shan- ability, abandonment, and betrayal. non, Tony winner Alan Cumming, and Grammy winner Gloria Gaynor. Stunning cinematography, inspired lighting, rich costumes, a tempestuous Sponsored by Jon Mendelson score, and razor-sharp editing under- Realtors. score Chéreau’s evocation of a headlong plunge into emotional chaos.

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44 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 45 THE HOST IN A DAY IN THE Directed by Joon-ho Bong Directed by Evan Richards BATTLEFIELDS South Korea, 2006, 119 min. U.K., 2006, 81 min. (MAAREK HOB) Language: Korean Saturday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Directed by Danielle Arbid Friday, Nov. 17, midnight, Tivoli 1 Plaza Frontenac 1 Lebanon, 2004, 88 min.

Language: Arabic Sunday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m., There’s never been a monster movie Plaza Frontenac 1 Monday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m., Plaza quite like this intensely creepy mu- Frontenac 1 tant film from South Korean director A young woman spends a curiously Joon-ho Bong. The film delivers shocks Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m., unpredictable day after she is be- Plaza Frontenac 1 at a purely gut-wrenching level yet is friended by an excessively nice stranger marbled with a straight-faced humor Director Danielle Arbid depicts rela- with deep pockets in a charming and that constantly throws the viewer off tionships that are shattered by passion, assured feature debut by writer/direc- balance. reprisal, and guilt in this modest but tor Evan Richards (SLIFF 2002 short engaging family drama. In a prologue at the U.S. Army Base subject “Woman ”). near , a flunky is ordered by his The daughter of self-destructive par- Ashley, a struggling jazz pianist, sup- American boss (Scott Wilson) to empty ents, 12-year-old Lina doesn’t show ports herself by working in an East End gallons of aging formaldehyde into much interest in the war that takes London sandwich shop frequented by the sink – and therefore straight into place around her in 1980s Beirut: The Michael. One morning, a man talks her the Han River. Six years later, locals real battles, it seems, occur in her up at a bus stop only to grossly insult are enjoying a day out on the banks of family relationships. Thus, instead of her and toss coffee at her head. As the river when something is spotted paying attention to the conflict outside, Ashley tries to collect herself, Michael hanging beneath one of the bridge, and Lina obsesses on her aunt’s beautiful suddenly appears and offers to serve as the long-gestating creature makes itself adolescent maid, who becomes the fo- a guardian angel committed to provid- violently known. cal point of her rebellious and neglect- ing her with a pleasant day. ed childhood. “The Host” slickly combines pitch-per- This well-crafted vehicle is highlighted fect visuals (a meld of CGI and anima- The basic story could effectively be by the spirited performances of its tion), visceral energy, offbeat humor, set anytime or anyplace, as nothing is two lead actors, who manage the neat and pounding drum music. made of the family’s religious orienta- trick of sustaining a nearly uninter- tion, and the only noticeable effects rupted dialogue for the better part of 81 of the civil war are regular trips to the minutes. basement whenever bombing is heard. Director Richards will attend. A quietly powerful film, “In the Battle- fields” makes the subtle point that life goes on beyond the headlines. Part of Global Lens 2006. 44 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 45 INNER CIRCLE LINE INTELLECTUAL INVISIBLE WAVES Directed by Eunhee Cho PROPERTY Directed by South Korea, 2006, 95 min. Directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang Language: Korean Nicholas Peterson Thailand, 2006, 115 min. U.S., 2006, 81 min. Language: English, Japanese, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., and Mandarin Tivoli 3 Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m., Tivoli 3 Sunday, Nov. 12, 9:30 p.m., Plaza Frontenac 1 First-time South Korean director Eun- Director Nick Peterson has crafted an hee Cho paints a sad portrait of lonely intense study of the fine line between singletons in this moody experimental genius and madness. This period Bad karma does a slow fade but gives narrative. The story juxtaposes the Cold War-era drama recalls Darren the occasional wink in the highly lives of two young adults who share the Aronofky’s “Pi” in its psychological anticipated latest film by two-time name of Youngju: a female club DJ and intensity. SLIFF veteran Pen-ek Ratanaruang a male locomotive engineer. (“Sixtynin9,” “Monrak Transistor”). The Chris Masterson (“Malcolm in the talented Thai helmer, Japanese heart- She becomes attracted to a mysterious Middle’s” oldest son Francis) plays throb Asano Tadanobu, and cinema- club patron who reminds her of a past Paul, an optimistic brainiac inventor tographer produce love. He is haunted by a suicide that who is first rewarded for his brilliance a pleasing combination of malevolence took place in front of his train, which and then exploited and painfully re- and bone-dry wit. causes a rift with his current girlfriend. jected. He disappears from the world in A common link ultimately causes a cloud of self-imposed anonymity and After inadvertently killing his girl- the two Youngjus’ lives to touch one becomes a virtual recluse. friend, a Macau-residing Japanese another, and their stories intertwine, assassin-cum-chef flees for Thailand in Obsessed with protecting his latest and with each of them experiencing similar an attempt to cope with his guilt and greatest invention – the Cube – Paul degrees of love, loss, and rebirth. avoid retribution at the hand of the retains only a fragile grasp on reality, woman’s violent husband – his own “Inner Circle Line” was the winner of convinced that foreign governments crime boss. But the relocation doesn’t the Special Jury Prize for Outstanding and evil, multinational corporations are end his problems, and the surreal boat Visual Achievement at the 2006 South spying on him and stealing his ideas. trip is a “Barton Fink”-flavored comedy by Southwest Film Festival. Part of the Sundance Channel of errors and meditation on karmic New Filmmakers Forum. consequences. The film’s direction is elegantly re- Director Peterson will attend. strained and makes maximum use of Doyle’s gliding camera.

46 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 47 JOHNNY WAS JUDITH SIMON LAND OF THE BLIND Directed by Mark Hammond Directed by Adolf Mérei Directed by Robert Edwards U.K./Ireland, 2005, 93 min. 1915, 39 min. U.K./U.S., 2006, 110 min. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, 5:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m., Touhill Performing Arts Center, Tivoli 3 UMSL Webster University Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:15 p.m., Tivoli 1 On loan from the Hungarian National Robert Edwards’ feature debut is a satirical allegory and dramatic political Vinnie Jones, (“ER”), Film Archive, the restored “Judith Si- fable about terrorism, revolution, and Patrick Bergin, Irish singer Samantha mon” is one of the very few Hungarian the power of memory. The film stars Mumba, and the Who’s films to survive from the silent period. Rarer still are Jewish films from that Donald Sutherland, Ralph Fiennes, and star in a music-infused thriller reminis- era. Based on a ballad by Jewish poet Lara Flynn Boyle. cent of “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Jozsef Kiss, “Judith Simon” tells the sad Barrels” and “.” and poignant story of a young woman In an unnamed place and time, an idealistic soldier (Fiennes) strikes up an Retired Irish Republican bomber who falls in love with a local man of a illicit friendship with political prisoner Johnny Doyle (Jones) tries to escapes higher class. Thorne (Sutherland), who eventually his violent past by keeping a low profile The film plays with director Jean recruits him into a bloody coup d’etat in London, but his former mentor Bodon’s “Howling With the Angels,” in the fictitious land called Everycoun- (Bergin) breaks out of Prison, (U.S., 40 min.). Bodon captures the try. In the post-revolutionary world, hell-bent on derailing the Irish peace Czechoslovakian experience in World however, Thorne emerges as a leftist process with a few well-placed bombs. War II in this documentary on his dictator who rules with a cruel and Unable to escape Brixton, they are father, a fighter in the Czech resistance. bizarre authority. The new regime turns trapped together in Johnny’s any- Bodon also screens his Holocaust-re- lated short “My Dear Kassa” (U.S., 10 out to be every bit as repressive as the thing-but-safe safe house, sandwiched min.). old. between a Rastafarian reggae pirate radio station upstairs and a West In- This program was curated by Rita As Thorne rips the nation to pieces dian crack-dealing gangster (La Salle) Csapó-Sweet, associate professor of with iron-clawed ideology, the audi- downstairs. media studies at the University of Mis- ence experiences a multicentury, inter- souri-St. Louis. continental time warp whose allusions Themes of race, gangster morality, range from Shah-era Iran to pre-revo- national identity, and loyalty play out The program will feature the world premiere of Barbara Harbach’s original lutionary France. against a terrific soundtrack of reggae, music for “Judith Simon,” with James rock, new wave, and soul in this crime Richards conducting the chamber drama. theater orchestra. Director Bodon will attend and lecture before his films.

Co-presented with UMSL.

46 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 47 THE LATHER EFFECT THE LIVES OF OTHERS LOOKING FOR Directed by Sarah Kelly (DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN) CHEYENNE U.S., 2006, 92 min. Directed by Florian Henckel- (OUBLIER CHEYENNE) Donnersmarck Saturday, Nov. 12, 4:30 p.m., Directed by Valerie Minetto Germany, 2006, 137 min. Tivoli 1 France, 2005, 87 min. Language: German Language: French Sunday, Nov. 13, 7:15 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m., Plaza Tivoli 3 Wednesday, Nov. 15, 9 p.m., Frontenac 1 First-time director Sarah Kelly shows Plaza Frontenac 1 great skill in handling multiple-charac- Like the omnipresent tentacles of East French writer/director Valerie Minetto ter storylines in this nostalgic, Gen-X Germany’s onetime secret police, this takes us on an utterly refreshing look at “Big Chill,” which features period superbly cast drama grips like a boa pop hits and characters with complex constrictor. The Hollywood Reporter work, love, and politics centered on two interconnecting sexual histories. The writes, “’The Lives of Others’ starts out attractive young women who are crazy film stars St. Louis native Sarah Clarke dark and challenging, then comes to a about each other. This sure-handed (“24”), Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan, and startlingly satisfying and warmly hu- debut is suspenseful, funny, touching, Ione Skye. man conclusion that lingers long after sexy, and painlessly pertinent. the curtain has come down.” Amid the morning-after ruins of a Journalist Cheyenne decides to leave 1980s-evoking rave, hung-over host- The story centers on a loyal Stasi officer Paris after being laid off. Settling down ess Valinda wanders about the house and a writer he spies on just before in the middle of nowhere, Cheyenne the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the early her out-of-town parents are trying to is happy to be far from the society she 1980s, the successful dramatist Georg sell. The Realtor will coming by soon, hates but troubled by girlfriend Sonia’s and his longtime companion Christa, decision to stay behind. A teacher who and last night’s party guests, Val’s best a popular actress, are intellectual stars loves her job, Sonia refuses to give friends, hang around to help with the in the socialist state, but they secretly cleanup. As the day proceeds, the char- deviate from the party line. The Min- up everything to follow her lover, but acters’ intimately connected backstories ister of Culture becomes interested in despite her best efforts to find romance are revealed. Christa and sends a loyal secret service elsewhere, she eventually realizes that agent to sound out the couple, but their her heart belongs to Cheyenne and Kelly, who has worked on projects with daily lives become oddly fascinating to nobody else. and Noah Baum- the Stasi agent. bach, previously directed the docu- Variety calls “Looking for Cheyenne” “a mentary “Full Tilt Boogie,” about the The director’s feature debut, “The Lives rich distillation of romances both sour making of “.” of Others” garnered four Bavarian Film and sweet” and “a date movie for auds Awards and swept all the major catego- of every persuasion.” Director Kelly will attend. ries of the German Film Awards.

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48 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 49 MAN PUSH CART MAX AND MONA THE NAKED APE Directed by Ramin Bahrani Directed by Teddy Mattera Directed by Daniel Mellitz U.S., 2005, 87 min. South Africa, 2004, 98 min. U.S., 2006, 110 min. Thursday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Plaza Language: English, Afrikaans Wednesday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Frontenac 1 and Zulu Webster University Friday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m., Plaza Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m., Frontenac 1 Saint Louis Art Museum St. Louis native Dan Mellitz’s feature Director Ramin Bahrani’s elegantly sad debut is a bittersweet dramatic comedy debut film won the FIPRESCI prizes for South African director Teddy Mattera about friendships, insecurities, rites of Best Film and Best Director at the 2005 has constructed a beautiful, slapstick passage, and the death of idealism. London Film Festival. comedy with lots of surprises, unex- pected twists, and interesting charac- Alex is an insecure teenager whose Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi) is a lonely, ters about a young man’s coming of age only friends are a charismatic liar and broken man who wonders if he will and his wild adventures with a most a skater punk with a shoplifting streak. ever escape his fate. His wife has unlikely partner-in-crime. died and his in-laws will not let him see This trio of unlikely pals embark from his son. His former career as a pop- Traditional beliefs say that the souls of St. Louis on a summer road trip before singing star back home in Pakistan is the dead will not join their ancestors their senior year, but Alex’s secret long forgotten. Getting up at 3 every until the mourners cry at their graves. plans don’t include returning to his morning, Ahmad stocks his vending Max Bua, from a South African farm hometown. While traveling through cart and struggles to pull it through the community, has inherited his grandfa- New Mexico, they meet two young sleeping streets of New York, trying to ther’s talent for mourning. Despite this women looking to escape the boredom eke out a meager living. heaven-sent gift, Max has his sights set of small-town life, but the euphoria of on becoming a doctor and must travel freedom on the road is short-lived, as Kevin Thomas of the to Johannesburg to begin his studies. tempers flare and friendships give way Times writes that “Man Push Cart” When he arrives too late to register and to selfish needs. “is a remarkably disciplined, subtle secure his room at the university, Max film that avoids striking a ‘triumph of must seek out his infamous Uncle Nor- Corbin Bernsen (“L.A. Law”) co-stars the human spirit’ note or any other man to help him. as Alex’s world-weary but understand- cliché. Bahrani drew much from Razvi’s ing father, and the city of St. Louis one-year experience as a pushcart man A wonderfully crazy road movie, “Max makes an appearance in the opening himself, and some sequences were in- and Mona” teaches us some hard facts scenes. spired by Robert Bresson’s ‘Pickpocket.’ of life while emphasizing that it is Indeed, it’s by no means an exaggera- always best “to do the right thing.” Director Mellitz will attend. tion to describe this quietly powerful film as Bressonian.” Part of Global Lens 2006.

48 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 49 THE NIGHT OF THE PIANO TUNER REQUIEM TRUTH OF EARTHQUAKES Directed by Hans-Christian (LA NUIT DE LA VÉRITÉ) Schmid Directed by Quay Brothers Germany, 2006, 93 min. Directed by Language: German Fanta Régina Nacro U.K., 2005, 99 min. Burkina Faso, 2004, 100 min. Language: Portuguese and Monday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Language: Dioula and French English Tivoli 1 Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Plaza Tuesday, Nov. 14, 9:30 p.m., Tivoli 1 Recent SLIFF alumnus Hans-Christian Frontenac 1 Schmid (“Distant Lights”) returns with Wednesday, Nov. 15, 4:30 p.m., this stunning faith-vs.-family character Plaza Frontenac 1 This haunting and challenging film is piece. The harrowing events portrayed the long-awaited second feature from are based on a true story that also In her first feature film, African direc- the . A visually exqui- inspired the recent “The Exorcism of tor Fanta Régina Nacro boldly deals site, rigorously intellectual, dauntingly Emily Rose.” with political strife and genocide in bleak fable, the film is set in a vaguely contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. Michaela (Sandra Hueller) has grown 18th-century imaginary world where up in a deeply religious family in a As the film opens, preparations are characters speak mostly English but an- small town in 1970s Germany. Despite being made to end a civil war in a ficti- swer to a hodge-podge of Euro-sound- her long battle with epilepsy, she leaves tious West African country where two ing names. home for the university. The result tribes have formed a fragile truce. A is a breakdown that culminates in a decade of brutality and bloodshed has Opera singer Malvina van Stille is mur- frightening rush of grotesque faces and left them surrounded by the markers of dered while onstage by the nefarious voices. Afraid of being sent back home violence: hastily dug graveyards, stray inventor Dr. Emmanuel Droz before to her family, Michaela seeks help from corpses, and vividly bloody graffiti. A her wedding to Adolfo. Droz steals a priest, who reinforces her conviction peace agreement is about to be signed Malvina’s corpse and takes it to his that she is possessed. and celebrated in a night of reconcili- mountaintop villa, where he raises her ation, but not everyone is in favor of from the dead and plans a diabolical This powerful film is highlighted by an peace, and a palpable tension is in the air. outstanding performance by Hueller, opera that will turn her into a mechani- who won the Silver Bear for acting The New York Times describes “The cal nightingale in order to re-enact at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. As Night of Truth” as “a fable that her abduction. Felisberto, an innocent Variety observes: “Relying on nothing powerfully represents the tragedy of piano tuner, is summoned to Droz’s beyond raw emotion and physical con- countless civil conflicts.” The review secluded villa to service the eerie musi- tortions, Heuller’s profoundly troubled concludes, “With originality and heart, cal automatons. Michaela ... announces the actress as a Ms. Nacro is showing us that the stain major new talent.” of violence is never completely erased.” The Quay twins’ first film in 10 years, “The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes” am- Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuutgart Part of Global Lens 2006. ply displays their trademark originality Sister Cities. and creepy gothic vision.

50 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 51 RESCUE DAWN ROBOTECH: SEVERANCE Directed by Werner Herzog THE SHADOW Directed by Christopher U.S., 2006, 96 min. CHRONICLES Smith U.K., 2006, 90 min. Sunday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Tivoli 1 Directed by Dong-Wook Lee and Friday, Nov. 10, Midnight, Tivoli 3 Internationally renowned director Wer- U.S., 2006, 88 min. ner Herzog (“Aguirre,” “Fitzcarraldo”) British director Christopher Smith Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m., Tivoli 1 has long delighted in smudging the delivers an audacious and wildly funny line between documentary and fiction. slasher film, an escalating blend of His latest film goes an intriguing step “The Shadow Chronicles” is the latest black humor and grisly goings-on in further by dramatizing a story Herzog entry in the wildly popular “Robotech” the mountains of Eastern Europe. already told once in his 1997 documen- . Featuring the Ruthless weapons multinational tary “Little Dieter Needs to Fly” (SLIFF, voice work of Mark Hamill (“Star Palisade Defense rewards its European 1998). The film’s deeply compelling ac- Wars”) as Commander Taylor, “Ro- sales division with a team-building count of survival and atrocities of war botech” is a sweeping science-fiction weekend in Hungary, but trouble lurks is profoundly relevant to our times. epic of humans defending their home world against alien domination. for the dysfunctional team members This film tells the real-life story of U.S. when they’re abandoned by their guide fighter pilot (Chris- The saga is told through the eyes of and have to seek refuge in a dilapidated tian Bale), a German-American shot characters caught up in a series of wars old resort. Dark comedy blends with down and captured in Laos during the that erupt when a mysterious spacecraft full-tilt horror as they fight for survival in 1965. Once airborne, crash-lands on Earth at the turn of against a group of unseen homicidal Dengler has barely dropped more than the millennium. The vessel holds alien marauders intent on revenge. few bombs before he’s shot down. He knowledge, leading to the development British movie magazine Total Film survives for a night or two alone before of Robotechnology and the creation of describes “Severance” as a “demented, being captured by a ragged squad a vast arsenal of robotic “mecha” to de- destined-for-cult-status picture,” and of Laotian soldiers. After months of fend the Earth against the alien threats. the Hollywood Reporter calls it “a excruciating torture, he organizes a “The Shadow Chronicles” continues winning combination of laughs and death-defying escape for a small band the storyline of the original “Robotech” genuine shocks.” of POWs, including Duane (Steve series. After the unexpected conclusion Zahn) and Gene (Jeremy Davies). to the war with the Invid, the people of A crazed intensity and similarities Earth are finally liberated, but a fresh with the current situation in Iraq pack mystery unfolds as a deadly new adver- a wrenching emotional punch in this sary threatens. new feature from one of the world’s Co-director Tommy Yune and pro- most important filmmakers. ducer Kevin McKeever will attend.

Sponsored by Star Clipper. 50 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 51 SHOOT THE SHOW PEOPLE SKIES ABOVE THE MESSENGER Directed by King Vidor LANDSCAPE Directed by Ngozi Onwurah U.S., 1928, 82 min. (NEBO IZNAD KRAJOLIKA) U.K., 2006, 90 min. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Directed by Nenad Djuric Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Tivoli 3 Saint Louis Art Museum Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2006, 85 min. Language: Bosnian

British-Nigerian director Ngozi This pitch-perfect, slapstick silent Saturday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m., Tivoli 1 Onwurah’s provocative “Shoot the comedy spotlights the talents of direc- NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Messenger” is guaranteed to engender tor King Vidor (“The Crowd,” “Duel in Bosnian director Nenad Djuric’s controversy and lively discussion long the Sun”) and the gifted comedienne postwar Bosnian comedy – a breezy, after the movie ends. Variety calls the Marion Davies, the longtime mistress rib-tickling story about the clash of cul- film an “outrageous, funny, challeng- of William Randolph Hearst. tures – is a charmingly innocent love ing shout-out on the subject of black A sharp satire of the burgeoning film story set in a country that no longer self-image.” industry, “Show People” is peppered wishes to dwell on recent atrocities. Joe, a successful black man with a high- with cameos by silent film’s great- At the top of a rugged Bosnian moun- paying software job, altruistically takes est stars, including Charlie Chaplin, tain, young shepherd Mehmed patient- a job at an urban high school. But when Douglas Fairbanks, John Gilbert, and ly watches over his cows and lovingly he institutes a system of “enforced edu- Williams S. Hart. Davies plays a perky carves the figure of a woman in a piece cation” and gives a flurry of detention Georgia peach who comes to Hol- of wood. Almost on cue, a novice slips, his most rebellious student retali- lywood with dreams of becoming a paraglider unexpectedly falls from the ates by falsely accusing him of assault. dramatic actress but can only find work sky. Deborah speaks only French and The charge soon escalates into a media in pie-throwing comedies. She eventu- he speaks only Bosnian, but they ten- feeding frenzy, with Joe reviled as a rac- ally succeeds in becoming a serious tatively communicate, and she accepts ist by those he was trying to help. thespian – complete with an inflated the hospitality offered by Mehmed’s ego – but a well-aimed custard confec- mom: a bed and a meal of “mountain- Director Onwurah conveys Joe’s on- tion brings her back to her senses … style” tripe. and-off madness and paranoia with and to comedy. bold visual strokes and a sly postmod- Love soon bridges the cultural divide, ern wit. St. Louis’ organist extraordinaire, Stan and the story develops into a series of Kann, has long wanted to perform live hilarious escapades showcasing the Director Onwurah will attend. with “Show People,” and he’s thrilled to beautiful landscape and local sounds. have this opportunity. Co-presented with AFI Project: Director Djuric, producer Almir 20/20, a filmmaker-exchange Stan Kann will accompany the Sahinovic, and members of the program coordinated by the film on an organ provided by cast will attend. . Midwest Music. Sponsored by SabaH. Sponsored by Midwest Music. 52 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 53 SON OF MAN STARTER FOR TEN STEEL CITY Directed by Directed by Tom Vaughan Directed by Brian Jun Mark Dornford-May U.K., 2006, 95 min. U.S., 2006, 95 min. South Africa, 2006, 86 min. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, 7:15 p.m., Tivoli 3 Language: Xhosa and English Plaza Frontenac 1 Saturday, Nov. 11, 3:30 p.m., Alton, Ill., native Brian Jun has crafted Saint Louis Art Museum Tom Vaughn’s “Starter for Ten” is a a sensitively observed and unexpect- Sunday, Nov. 12, 4 p.m., Saint heartfelt coming-of-age story about an edly hopeful drama about Louis Art Museum average young man trying his best just in his first feature, a psychologically rich story of a dysfunctional family in a South African director Mark Dornford- to fit in. working-class community in a South- May and the Cape Town theater troupe Brian, a working-class student from ern Illinois town. Dimpho Di Kompane use stirring orig- Essex, has a lot to prove as he navigates inal vocal music to create a provocative his first year at Bristol University. He Thomas Guiry plays teenager PJ, who reinterpretation of the life of Christ. wants to be liked and wants even more must cope with the arrest of his gruff Although set in the fictitious African to seem clever. His biggest concern is father (John Heard) for his role in kingdom of Judea, the story might well making the school team for University the accidental death of a woman. His take place in any of the continent’s Challenge, a long-running show that mother (former Edwardsville, Ill., nations roiled by coups, dictatorships, pits upscale British universities against resident Laurie Metcalf) has remarried, massacres, and ethnic strife. one another. To complicate his life even and her cop husband (James McDan- iel) appears willing to take PJ under Reviewing the film after its debut at the further, he finds himself romantically his wing when he shows an interest in Sundance Film Festival, the Chicago torn between two radically different joining the police academy. America Sun-Times’ wrote: “The girls – ultra-fit blond bombshell Alice Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”) co-stars as PJ’s South African film renaissance contin- and thoughtful, politically conscious girlfriend. ues with one of the most extraordinary Rebecca. and powerful films at Sundance, ‘Son Filled with charming, humorous The low-budget, digitally shot produc- of Man.’ The movie has relatively little performances that invigorate the teen tion – filmed in Alton – shows a keen spoken dialogue, but a great deal of genre, “Starter for Ten,” with its period- sense of place, evident in Ryan Samul’s music, that joyous full-throated South perfect new-wave soundtrack, will hold gritty, melancholy visuals. Honest and African music that combines great particular appeal for anyone who grew unshowy performances make “Steel technical skill with great heart.” up in the 1980s. City” an exquisite, emotionally satisfy- ing debut. Tim Appelo of the Seattle Weekly echoed Ebert, describing “Son of Man” Part of the Sundance Channel as “more moving than ‘The Last Temp- New Filmmakers Forum. tation of Christ,’ and smarter than Mel Gibson’s ‘Passion.’” Director Jun will attend.

52 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 53 STOLEN LIFE STORY OF PAO SUMMER PALACE (SHENG SI JIE) (CHUYEN CUA PAO) (YIHE YUAN) Directed by Shaohong Li Directed by Hai Ngo Quang Directed by Lou Ye China, 2005, 90 min. Vietnam, 2005, 98 min. China, 2006, 140 min. Language: Mandarin Language: Vietnamese Language: Mandarin, German, and Korean Thursday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m., Saint Friday, Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m., Louis Art Museum Plaza Frontenac 1 Tuesday, Nov. 14, 9:15 p.m., Plaza Frontenac 1 Saturday, Nov. 11, 9:30 p.m., Chinese director Li Shaohong (“Blush”) Plaza Frontenac 1 tells a grim but ultimately hopeful This controversial fourth feature by cautionary tale about unwed mothers Chinese director Lou Ye (“Suzhou A quiet exploration of identity and in the reality-based “Stolen Life.” River,” “Purple Butterfly”) is a meta- family among rural villagers, “Story of physical drama of sexual encounters Taken as a young girl to live with her Pao” relates an adventure-filled journey and political unrest, the story of aunt and grandmother in Beijing, across the mountainous area of north- two star-crossed lovers set against a Yanni is a withdrawn and reclusive ern Vietnam. backdrop of 14 years of contemporary adolescent. Her hostile family puts Chinese history. Abandoned by their real mother as little stock in depressed Yanni’s future, babies, Pao (Do Thi Hai Yen of “The Country girl Yu Hong leaves her village but she surprises everyone by gaining to study in Beijing. At university, she Quiet American”) and her brother were acceptance to college. As she prepares discovers an intense world of sexual raised to adulthood by their step- to begin her new life, however, an freedom and falls madly in love with mother. After a tragic family incident, encounter with a delivery boy triggers a fellow student Zhou Wei. Driven by Pao leaves the only home she has ever series of cruelly fateful events that send obsessive passions, their relationship known, uncovering an uncomfortable her spiraling downward. devolves into betrayals, recrimina- truth about her family when she tracks tions, and provocations. And all around “Stolen Life” won the Best Narrative down her biological mother. Variety them, their fellow students begin to Feature Award at the 2005 Tribeca Film says the film’s “magnificent scenery, demonstrate, demanding democracy Festival. colorful costumes and authentically and freedom. exotic players make for a restful ethno- Part of Global Lens 2006. Skillfully sketching the youth-led graphic jaunt.” euphoria of the late 1980s, “Summer Sponsored by the Visiting East “Story of Pao” won honors for Best Pic- Palace” is the first Chinese feature to portray events around Tiananmen Asian Professionals Program of ture and Best Actress at Vietnam’s most Square. The film is similarly ground- Washington University. prestigious film awards, the Golden breaking in its use of full-frontal nudity Kites, and the film has been selected by its male and female leads. as the country’s official submission for Oscar consideration. Sponsored by the Visiting East Asian Professionals Program of Washington University 54 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL . ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 55 TAPESTRY OF TEN CANOES THESE FOOLISH SHADOWS Directed by Rolf de Heer THINGS Directed by David Conley Australia, 2006, 90 min. Directed by U.S., 2006, 108 min. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Julia Taylor-Stanley U.K., 2006, 107 min. Thursday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Tivoli 3 Plaza Frontenac 1 Saturday, Nov. 18, 12:30 p.m., St. Louis native David Conley’s pro- Highly acclaimed Aussie director Rolf Plaza Frontenac 1 foundly moving feature debut, based de Heer (“Dance Me to My Song,” “The on his own play, explores the moral Tracker”) tickles our funny bones with Set against a background of the ap- choices a man of God must make when this sly comedy. The first feature in an proaching World War II, this romantic faced with senseless gang violence in Australian Aboriginal language, the dramedy follows a group of three ambi- his middle-class urban neighborhood. film feels authentic to the core as it tells tious young hopefuls as they stumble a cautionary tale set 1,000 years ago. through the pitfalls of London’s deca- Vincent, a young, principled minister, dent theatrical establishment on a rags- witnesses the violent death of a young Long-ago native warrior Dayindi covets to-riches quest. The film’s strong cast girl caught in the crossfire of a neigh- one of the wives of his older brother. includes as flamboyant borhood shooting. Traumatized by the To teach him a lesson, he is told a story American producer, Lauren Bacall as horrific event, he resolves to confront from a mythical past involving kidnap- an aging English actress, and Terence the drug dealers responsible – a deci- ping, sorcery, and revenge gone wrong. Stamp as a scene-stealing butler. sion that has a profound effect on his The film’s seemingly distant events marriage and his congregation. are rendered accessible by humorous This homage to the 1930s London backstories, detours, and digressions theater scene follows the lives of an Shot in the metro area with local tal- and by the charming English narration actress, a writer, and a director. Zoe ent, including a strong St. Louis cast, of the storyteller, slyly delivered by the Trapper has charm to spare as the vir- “Tapestry of Shadows” is a story about great Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil of ginal heroine and aspiring actress who sacrifice, loss, and love, about choosing “Walkabout” and “The Tracker.” wishes to follow in the footsteps of her between and virtue, tragedy celebrated mother, who died tragically and triumph. “Ten Canoes” won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section young while taking a standing ovation. of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. She gingerly negotiates a world full of cads, penniless artists, and fluttering hearts while dodging the competing attentions of a good-egg director and a struggling playwright in a topsy-turvy romantic triangle.

54 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 55 THIRST (ATASH) THIS IS A BUSINESS THREE TIMES Directed by Tawfik Abu Wael Directed by (ZUI HAO DE SHI GUANG) Israel/Palestine, 2004, 110 min. U.S., 2006, 103 min. Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien Language: Arabic Sunday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m., Tivoli 3 Taiwan, 2005, 135 min. Language: Mandarin, Monday, Nov. 13, 2:30 p.m., Plaza Taiwanese Frontenac 1 St. Louis native Tom Stern directed and co-wrote this wry take on the business Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m., Plaza Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m., Plaza Frontenac 1 world, a deadpan existentialist comedy Frontenac 1 with echoes of Samuel Beckett and Hal In an isolated valley far from the Pal- Hartley. The film is a true family affair: Named the best undistributed film estine-Israeli conflict, an Arab family It’s produced and co-written by brother of 2005 by critic polls in both the ekes out a precarious existence and Daniel Stern, and another brother, Billy Village Voice and Film Comment, becomes the center of a tragic drama. Stern, wrote and performed the score “Three Times” is a modern cinematic Tyrannical Abu rules his wife and three Resolved to become a “somebody,” masterpiece by virtuoso director Hou children as if he owns them. The family a naïve shipping clerk starts his own Hsiao-hsien (“Flowers of Shanghai,” earns a meager living by producing business knowing only that he intends “Millennium Mambo,” SLIFF 2002). and selling charcoal made from wood to create a product or provide a service Roger Ebert calls “Three Times” “wise poached from the surrounding trees. that will be “good for everyone.” His and heartbreaking” and declares it “one To this unhappy situation, the father commitment to this nebulous idea in of the great films of the year.” also brings his obsession with having turn inspires a pair of sad-sack em- The film is a rapturous love story set in running water. The illegally free-flow- ployees, although his initially sup- a 1966 pool hall, a 1911 brothel, and ing water on their land reawakens the portive wife – when not practicing her present-day Taipei: three stories set in instinctive desire for freedom the fam- gift-wrapping skills on the household’s three times, with two actors playing the ily has been repressing all these years. objects – grows skeptical. two main characters in each story. The A film of dramatic tension, stunning movie forms a connecting arc between visuals, and deep metaphoric under- the Taiwanese master’s earlier work and With WHERE IS MY WIFE? tones, “Thirst” has real power. Though the increasingly fragmentary direction financed with Israeli money, the film Directed by Juraj Bohus of his recent films. displays a thoroughly Palestinian U.S., 2006, 6 min. This leisurely paced film will be par- sensibility and showcases a strong new A man becomes obsessed with the ticularly appreciated by those familiar talent in first-time director Tawfik Abu thought of his wife cheating on him. with the director’s slow rhythms and Wael. pessimistic take on contemporary life. Part of Global Lens 2006. Director Tom Stern and co-writer Daniel Stern will appear. Sponsored by the Visiting East Asian Professionals Program of Washington University.

56 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 57 THROUGH THE EYES TIDELAND THE TROUBLE WITH OF ANOTHER Directed by Terry Gilliam DEE DEE (GLI OCCHI DELL’ALTRO) Canada/U.K., 2005, 117 min. Directed by Mike Meiners Directed by Wednesday, Nov. 15, 9:30 p.m., U.S., 2005, 81 min. Gianpaolo Tescari Tivoli 1 Sunday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Italy, 2005, 105 min. Plaza Frontenac 1 Language: Italian Director Terry Gilliam has long been Monday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19, 3:45 p.m., known for taking great professional Plaza Frontenac 1 Plaza Frontenac 1 risks with difficult and highly per- sonal films such as “Brazil” and “The Second City-trained writer/director Adventures of Baron Munchausen.” Mike Meiners infuses this delight- Film critic-turned-director Gianpaolo His most recent effort is a challenging fully cheerful screwball comedy with a Tescari makes a powerful debut with psychodrama about a young girl who grounded, can-do Chicago tone. “The “Through the Eyes of Another,” an drifts freely between reality and fantasy Trouble With Dee Dee” is an infec- unusually mature work that takes an to escape the vast loneliness of her ex- tiously entertaining reverse-Cinderella tale in which a madcap heiress makes unflinching look at the prejudices istence. This tough film features strong pushiness a virtue. lying just below the surface of liberal performances from Janet McTeer, Jeff bourgeois life. Bridges, Jennifer Tilly, and Brendan Eccentric socialite Dee Dee (Lisa Ann Vibrant choreographer Barbara lives Fletcher. Walter) is a fast-talking 42-year-old single mom with a knack for pulling in Trieste with her partner David, a After her mother dies from a heroin off hopelessly wild schemes that blend divorced Dutch scientist and professor. overdose, Jeliza-Rose is taken from the social obliviousness with an innate, She convinces him they should tempo- big city to a rural farmhouse by her albeit wacky, generosity. Her partners- rarily take in Nadir, a Kurd formerly father. The girl’s attempts to deal with in-crime include her handsome and employed by the theater Barbara works what’s happened result in increasingly long-suffering gay son Christopher with, but now getting out of prison odd behavior, and she begins to com- (Mason Gamble) and faithful Polish after a minor infraction. David begins municate mainly with and through her handyman Yugo (J.P. Manoux). When to bridle at the quiet Kurd’s presence in collection of bodiless doll. As optimis- her impatient father (Kurtwood Smith their home and conjures a side of Nadir tic as it is surreal, as humorous as it is of “That ’70s Show”) revokes her bot- that may or may not exist. suspenseful, “Tideland” is a celebration tomless allowance, things really kick of the power of a young child’s imagi- into high comedic gear. This powerful film demonstrates that nation. even an ostensibly politically correct Providing feel-good, life-affirming fun, “The Trouble With Dee Dee” will keep man can fall prey to demons festering Comparing the movie with his other you smiling. in his unconscious. work, Gilliam says of “Tideland”: “I think this film is more tender than Sponsored by Advanced many of the others, even though I’ve Sponsored by the Italian Film LipoDissolve Center. likened it to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Festival of St. Louis. meets ‘Psycho’!”

56 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 57 U-CARMEN VENUS WAYS OF THE FLESH E-KHAYELITSHA Directed by Roger Michell Directed by Dennis Cooper Directed by U.K., 2006, 90 min. U.S., 2006, 88 min. Mark Dornford-May Friday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m., Tivoli 1 Friday, Nov. 17, 9:45 p.m., Tivoli 3 South Africa, 2005, 120 min. Language: Xhosa, English This third collaboration between writer Writer/director Dennis Cooper breaks Saturday, Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m., (“My Beautiful Laun- with Hollywood norms by not limiting his nearly all-black cast to stereotypes Saint Louis Art Museum drette”) and director Roger Michell (“Persuasion”), “Venus” is a wry and in this refreshingly stylized story about Sunday, Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m., affectionate coming-of-old-age story the life-loving chief resident at a hos- Saint Louis Art Museum about an elderly man reinvigorated by a pital in Florida. The film stars Wood younger woman. The film features a ca- Harris (“The Wire”), Zoe Saldana, and Director Dornford-May makes a reer-capping star turn by Peter O’Toole Brian J. White (“The Shield”). stunning film debut with his ensemble and fine work by and theater troupe Dimpho Di Kopane, Dr. Sidney Zachary (Harris) has a lust composed entirely of South African Leslie Phillips. for life and a highly infectious good township residents, who give life to this humor. While doing research on laugh- bold retelling of the opera “Carmen.” Playing his first substantial leading film ter as a palliative medicine, aspiring The online Bright Lights Film Journal role in two decades, the charismatic author and comedian Sidney dictates writes: “Bizet would surely approve and silver-tongued O’Toole scores a wry observations on his co-workers of ‘U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha,’ director bull’s-eye as an aged thespian who, into a for use as material Mark Dornford-May’s translation of despite failing health, can’t resist flirting in his would-be best-seller and standup the operatic warhorse of amour fou with a nubile young thing who is the comedy routine. into the Xhosa click language, where niece of a friend. Genuinely funny, a Writer/director/producer Cooper has the grandeur and beauty of the soaring bit randy, and often moving, “Venus” is written extensively for television (“Chi- music seems to complement the setting breezily enjoyable throughout. of tin-roofed Cape Town slums.” cago Hope,” “Miami Vice,” “Hill Street Blues”), but he has a more personal Reviewing the stage version of O’Toole resists all temptation for story to tell in “Ways of the Flesh,” “U-Carmen,” London’s Observer was flamboyance, delivering a rounded, which draws on his experiences as a particularly taken with the production’s amusing, endearing, and triumphant physician. star: “Pauline Malefane, 24, combines performance – work worthy of the voluptuous, insolent sexiness with a voice as varied and versatile in its dif- Oscar he’s long been denied. ferent registers as a clarinet.” Sponsored by Jon Mendelson Sponsored by Kenneth and Realtors. Nancy Kranzberg.

58 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 59 Shorts For descriptions of shorts, visit www.cinemastlouis.org/ 2006shorts.cfm

WHAT MEANS PRE-FEATURE BEST OF ST. LOUIS MOTLEY? SHORTS FILMMAKERS Directed by John Ketchum Dive: True Dumpster Tales SHOWCASE SHORTS and John Riley (with A.) 109 min. Ireland/Romania, 2006, 91 min. Engendered Species Sunday, Nov. 12, 12:45 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, 5:15 p.m., Tivoli 3 (with Beautiful Daughters) Tivoli 3 Monday, Nov. 13, 9:15 p.m., Tivoli 3 Katrina A compilation of the best shorts from (with Welcome to Soul City) the 2006 St. Louis Filmmakers Show- case. If you missed them last time, don’t In the tradition of “Waking Ned Knife Girls make the mistake again. Devine,” this hilarious, fast-paced (with A.) comedy barely leaves the audience time to catch its collective breath. A lively Los Tabaqueros Beautiful Hands caper film, “What Means Motley?” is (with East of Havana) (Mariah Richardson, U.S., 2005, 15 min.) all the more extraordinary because it’s based on the real-life story of the larg- ¿Qué Será, Será? 50 Miles to Vegas est immigration scam in Irish history. (with Maquilopolis) (Michael Hartman, U.S., 2005, 10 min.) Lullaby An Irish conman living in Romania is Ride of the Mergansers (Jackie Huang, U.S., 2005, 6 min.) fresh out of jail and on the lam from a (with Sound of the Soul) vicious gangster. To make some needed Nevel Is the Devil cash, he devises a wild plan to export Ryan (Peter Craig, U.S., 2006, 13 min.) a motley group of gypsies desperate to (with Lover Other) escape their own country. Posing as a The Nightly Potato, Episode 2 Romanian gypsy choir, the “choristers” The Tribe (Chris Hayes, U.S., 2005, 18 min.) will obtain tourist visas to visit an Irish (with Lover Other) The Nightly Potato, Episode 3 music festival, then vanish on arrival (Chris Hayes, U.S., 2005, 5 min.) at the Dublin airport. To pull off his Where Is My Wife? scheme, all he needs to do is charm the (with This Is a Business) Super Irish Consul, avoid the mob, and quick- (Zak White, U.S., 2006, 9 min.) ly prepare 41 tone-deaf Romanians for Stealing Home their audition. (Aaron Coffman, U.S., 2006, 16 min.) Co-writer, co-producer and standup Timeline comedian Barry Mulligan plays the (Wyatt Weed, U.S., 2006, 17 min.) government official responsible for stamping the travelers’ visas. In an amusing case of art imitating life, he was and still is the Honorary Irish Consul in Romania. 58 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 59 GLOBAL SHORTS/ SHORT SUBJECT SHORT SUBJECT GLOBAL LENS 2006 PROGRAM 1 PROGRAM 2 108 min. FILMS OF THE FISH IN THE SEA Friday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m., Tivoli 1 ANIMATED KIND 105 min. 100 min. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 9:45 p.m., Tivoli 3 Global Shorts is part of Global Lens Friday, Nov. 10, 9:15 p.m., Tivoli 1 2006, the annual film series of the Take a long, hard look at these rela- Global Film Initiative (www.globalfilm. tionships and then breathe a sigh of org), which was founded in 2002 as Animation is back in the spotlight in relief: You’re normal compared to these a nonprofit organization to promote a program jam-packed with amazing people. cross-cultural understanding through films and top-notch directors. cinema. Apple Pie Maybe It’s in the Water Elephants Never Forget (Isabelle Favez, , 2006, 10 min.) (Randy Zisk, U.S., 2005, 11 min.) (Lorenzo Vigas Castes, Venezuela, 2004, Moongirl Dirty Mary 13 min.) (Henry Selick, U.S., 2005, 9 min.) (Stuart Rogers, U.S., 2005, 19 min.) Harvest Time The Little Matchgirl Full Disclosure (Zheng Zheng, China, 2004, 36 min.) (Roger Allers, U.S., 2006, 7 min.) (Douglas Horn, U.S., 2005, 16 min.) Little Terrorist The Danish Poet Hombre Kabuki (Ashvin Kumar, India, 2004, 15 min.) (Torrill Kove, Canada, 2006, 15 min.) (Leo Age, U.S., 2006, 10 min.) More Than the World First Flight Up on the Rope (Lautaro Nuñez de Arco, Argentina, (Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson, (Paula Froehle, U.S., 2006, 16 min.) 12 min.) U.S., 2006, 8 min.) One Rat Short Source of History The Fan and the Flower (Alex Weil, U.S., 2006, 10 min.) (Adama Roamba, Burkina Faso, 2003, (Bill Plympton, U.S., 2005, 7 min.) 22 min.) Victoria Guide Dog (Marc Carlini, U.S., 2006, 6 min.) (Bill Plympton, U.S., 2006, 5 min.) DVD The Meaning of Life (Ciro Altabas, Spain, 2005, 17 min.) (Don Hertzfeldt, U.S., 2005, 12 min.) Puppet (Patrick Smith, U.S., 2006, 6 min.) Gustavo (Jonathan Nix, Australia, 2006, 4 min.) Everything Will Be OK (Don Hertzfeldt, U.S., 2006, 17 min.)

60 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 61 SHORT SUBJECT Earthman SHORT SUBJECT PROGRAM 3 (Taylor Freshly, U.S., 2006, 10 min.) PROGRAM 4 Marion LEFT FIELD (Ry Russo-Young, U.S., 2005, 7 min.) GUFFAW 103 min. 107 min. A Half Man Wednesday, Nov. 15, 9:45 p.m., (Firas Momani, Canada, 2005, 5 min.) Thursday, Nov. 16, 9:45 p.m., Tivoli 3 Tivoli 3 Silence Is Golden (Chris Shepherd, U.K., 2006, 14 min.) A dizzying array of robots, wooden Frowning a lot? Well, come see these mannequins, and Internet scam letters Robot-ussin hilarious and sometimes outrageous fill these experimental shorts. Unusual. (Nikc Miller, U.S., 2004, 3 min.) shorts and get ready to laugh. Unexpected. Outlandish. (Osbert Parker, U.K., 2005, 3 min.) Kind of a Blur Noodle Soup (Jon Goldman, U.S., 2005, 10 min.) (Toru Tokikawa, France, 2003, 8 min.) Who I Am and What I Want K-7 Chronicles of a Professional (Chris Shepherd and David Shrigley, U.K., 2005, 7 min.) (Christopher Leone, U.S., 2005, 18 min.) Eulogist (Sarah Jane Lapp, U.S., 2006, 6 min.) Hold Up (Madeleine Olnek, U.S., 2005, 7 min.) Life in Transition (John R. Dilworth, U.S., 2005, 4 min.) Hooked (Richie Keen, U.S., 2005, 22 min.) spam letter + google image Tall Tales and Other Big Lies search = video entertainment (Dano Johnson, U.S., 2005, 3 min.) (Andre Silva, U.S., 2005, 3 min.) Live From Death Row True Story (Alexis Ferrebuf, France, 2005, 14 min.) (Stephanie Via, U.S., 2004, 3 min.) Zombie-American Stalk (Nick Poppy, U.S., 2004, 9 min.) (Leigh Hodgkinson, U.K., 2005, 8 min.) Monday Night Magda (Karl Raudsepp-Hearne, Canada, 2006, (Chel White, U.S., 2004, 6 min.) 4 min.) Pilgrim’s Progress Dealership (James Dingle, U.S., 2005, 4 min.) (Zak White, U.S., 2006, 6 min.) Spin Pretty Kitty (Jamin Winans, U.S., 2005, 8 min.) (Gregory McDonald, U.S., 2005, 4 min.) Siniestro Oh My God (Beatriz Ramos, Venezuela, 2006, 4 (John Bryant, U.S., 2004, 10 min.) min.) 60 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 61 SHORT SUBJECT SHORT SUBJECT Frog (Christopher Conforti, U.S., 2004, 4 PROGRAM 5 PROGRAM 6 min.) SMORGASBORD OF ANIMATION: Unfair SWEDISH FILM SWEET & SOUR (Ian Jones-Quartey, U.S., 2006, 4 min.) 105 min. 103 min. The Daily Planner Friday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m., Tivoli 3 (Max Coniglio, U.S., 2006, 9 min.) Saturday, Nov. 18, 9:45 p.m., Stealth Lunch Tivoli 3 The best of Swedish film comes to St. (Layla Atkinson, U.K., 2005, 2 min.) Louis as a buffet with enough variety to keep everyone happy. Swish these around your palate and She She She She’s you’ll discover a nice blend of animated A Bombshell Linerboard shorts for those of us who have never (Ben Levin, U.S., 2005, 8 min.) (Jens Jonsson, Sweden, 2006, 18 min.) quite grown up. Leap of Faith Never Like the First Time! Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot (Steve Smith, U.K., 2005, 1 min.) (Jonas Odell, Sweden, 2006, 15 min.) (David Chai, U.S., 2005, 7 min.) Look for Me Times Flies When You’re Arrest Assured (Laura Heit, U.K., 2005, 4 min.) Having Fun (Mike McCormick & Rob Taylor, U.S., Raindrops Keep Falling on the (Eva Lindstrom, Sweden, 2006, 1 min.) 2002, 3 min.) Dead Habitat Second Banana (Alex de Campi, U.K., 2006, 3 min.) (Lars Arrhenius and Johannes Muntz- (Fill Marc Sagadraca, U.S., 2005, 3 min.) ing, Sweden, 2006, 9 min.) Return I Will to Old Brazil Tree Robo (Alex Budovsky, U.S., 2004, 4 min.) Unanimous Decision (Young-Min Park, South Korea, 2005, (Bjorn Engstrom, Sweden, 2006, 14 14 min.) min.) The Wraith of Cobble Hill Approve (Adam Parrish King, U.S., 2006, 15 min.) (Lisa Langseth, Sweden, 2006, 29 min.) McLaren’s Negatives When Elvis Came to Visit (Marie-Josee Saint-Pierre, Canada, (Andreas Tibblin, Sweden, 2006, 11 2006, 10 min.) min.) Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher (Alexander Woo, U.S., 2004, 10 min.) The Country (Brady Baltezore, U.S., 2006, 1 min.) The Whistler (Layla Atkinson, U.K., 2005, 1 min.)

62 ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 63 SHORT SUBJECT SHORT SUBJECT WHOLPHIN SHORT PROGRAM 7 PROGRAM 8 SUBJECTS PROGRAM PASSPORT DAY FROM HELL 90 min. 102 min. 104 min. Sunday, Nov. 12, 9:30 p.m., Tivoli 3 Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m., Tivoli 3 Sunday, Nov. 19, 4:15 p.m., Tivoli 3 The editor of Wholphin, McSweeney’s consistently excellent DVD quarterly Some of the best shorts from around Close your eyes and imagine a seem- “publication” of short films, presents a the globe in a lineup that’s challenging, ingly ordinary day. Now, visualize an program of work by filmmakers both frightening, humorous, and shocking. event that would change that day and known and unknown. your life forever. Welcome to the world Before Dawn of these shorts. A selection of the following films will (Bálint Kenyeres, Hungary, 2005, comprise the program: 13 min.) Chicxulub (Malona P. Voigt, U.K., 2005, 15 min.) Are You the Favorite Person Bawke (Hisham Zaman, Norway, 2005, 15 min.) Across the Hall of Anybody? (Alex Merkin, U.S., 2005, 24 min.) (Miguel Arteta, U.S., 5 min.) Pressure Point (Onn Nir, Israel, 2006, 10 min.) Checkpoint Funky Forrest (Excerpt) (Ben Phelps, Australia, 2006, 11 min.) (Naisu No Mori, Japan, 15 min.) Monster (Jennifer Kent, Australia, 2005, 10 min.) First Date The Lost Doc (Gary Huggins, U.S., 2006, 20 min.) (Spike Jonze, U.S., 13 min.) A Very Small Trilogy of Mother The Pity Loneliness (Bob Odenkirk, U.S., 12 min.) (Bogdan Apetri, Romania, 2005, 7 min.) (Sian Heder, U.S., 2005, 17 min.) Euthanasia The Russian Suicide Chair Antonio’s Breakfast (Dennis Hopper, U.S., 4 min.) (Daniel Mulloy, U.K., 2005, 16 min.) (Adrian Grenier, U.S., 2005, 17 min.) Squid, Born Like Stars Man Seeking Man (Wholphin, U.S., 5 min.) (Matti Harju, Finland, 2004, 11 min.) A Stranger in Her Own Country Hiro (Khadija Al-Salami, Yemen, 30 min.) (Matthew Swanson, Canada, 2005, 20 min.) Walleyball (Wholphin, U.S./Mexico, 4 min.)

Wholphin editor Brent Hoff will introduce the program and conduct a Q&A.


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