The 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) — held Nov. 1-11 — provides St. Louis filmgoers with the opportunity to view the finest in world cinema: international films, documentaries, American indies, and shorts that can only be seen on the big screen at the festival. SLIFF will screen 413 films: 88 narrative features, 77 documentary features, and 248 shorts. The fest also will feature 14 special-event programs, including our closing-night awards presentation. This year’s festival has 63 countries represented.

The festival will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 1, with the local premiere of “Destroyer,” directed by former St. Louisan Karyn Kusama, who will attend the screening. A 6:30 p.m. reception precedes the film and features complimentary Urban Chestnut beers, Broadside Winery wines, and cocktails. The fest schedule, ticket and venue information, and a complete list of films (with descriptions) are available at the Cinema St. Louis website,

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  • Starting Thursday, November 1st, 2018, repeated every day until Sunday, November 11, 2018 — all day