I’m so excited that the launch of my blog is coinciding with the opening of the 20th annual St. Louis International Film Festival!
While not (yet) on the level of the festivals of Cannes or Toronto, luminaries as esteemed and diverse as Michael Apted, Paul Schrader, Stacy Keach, Harry Shearer, as well as those of the future (you will be hearing lots in the future from this year’s guest Jay Duplass) have come to show and discuss their work in a relaxed, informal setting those cities can’t provide.
Tonight’s opening film is “The Artist” starring French actor Jean Dujardin who won a Palme D’Or for Best Actor at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. I have been a fan of his since he started appearing in mainstream French films, and it appears with this film he will now become internationally known. The film also stars St. Louis native John Goodman, so those who went to his high school will get to have a moment of glory tonight (Don’t worry if you don’t understand; it’s a St. Louis thing.)
I look forward to writing my first online review of this film, check back if only to make sure I don’t write a diatribe about my despair about M. Dujardin’s being married with children.
In the meantime, click on the icon on this page for the festival to see a schedule of all films playing over the next 12 days. There are over 400 films from 43 countries and 100 people associated with films showing are coming in to town (not so shabby for fly-over country, eh?). Tickets for all shows can be purchased now, so if something catches your eye, get your ticket now because many shows do sell out.
See you at the movies! Ciao for now!