"The Triplets of Belleville" "Girl with a Pearl Earring" Highlight 12th St. Louis International Film Festival

by Brian Brooks

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth in a scene from Peter Webber's "Girl with a Pearl Earring," which will close the 12th St. Louis International Film Festival. Image courtesy of Lions Gate Films.

The 12th annual St. Louis International Film Festival will open with Sylvain Chomet's "The Triplets of Belleville" on November 13th, kicking off a ten-day festival featuring 178 films from 31 countries, most of which are St. Louis premieres.

The event will screen the films in 93 programs including specially focused sidebars such as the Sundance Channel American independent sidebar as well as sections spotlighting African-Americans, an Interfaith sidebar, docs, mental health issues, shorts, a Sundance Channel new filmmakers forum as well as sections for gays and lesbians and one for women in film.

The festival will also host five film industry seminars, conversations with visiting filmmakers, and a tribute to silent-film master F.W. Murnau. Hong Kong director Johnnie To will present his action thriller "PTU" and Mexican director Alfonso Priego will present the romantic drama "The Truce."

Documentary filmmaker Yvonne Welbon will receive the festival's first Women in Film award, following a screening of her film "Sisters in Cinema." Also receiving honors is Jim Sheridan who will be given the Modern Master award.

St. Louis will close November 23rd with screenings of Sheridan's "In America" as well as Peter Webber's "Girl with a Pearl Earring."

[ For more information, please visit: http://www.cinemastlouis.org. ]