Now in its 22nd year, the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) is one of the largest international film festivals in the Midwest. This year’s SLIFF will be held Nov. 14-24, 2013. SLIFF’s main venues are the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, IL. SLIFF showcases the very best in cutting-edge features and shorts from around the globe. The majority of the more than 400+ films screened – many of them critically lauded award-winners – will receive their only St. Louis exposure at the festival.
This years SLIFF features Croatian movie with Bosnian thematics called Halimin Put (Halima’s Path).
After the end of the war in Bosnia, Halima, a good-natured peasant woman from a remote Muslim village in Western Bosnia, relentlessly searches for the remains of her husband and her teenage son, who were taken by Serbian paramilitary forces and executed. The UN Committee for Missing Persons manages to find her husband in one of the mass graves, but the son’s remains go unidentified because Halima denies the committee a blood sample for DNA testing. Her seemingly odd refusal becomes understandable when it’s revealed that the biological mother of Halima’s son is actually her niece, who had an affair with a Serbian Christian from a nearby village and gave up the child to avoid the wrath of her disapproving father. The search for her estranged niece, who wants to sever any links to her previous life, leads to the discovery of a horrifying truth, but Halima’s difficult path finally ends with redemption and understanding. Director Arsen Anton Ostojic’s debut, “A Wonderful Night in Split,” played SLIFF in 2005; his much praised follow-up, “No One’s Son” (2008), won 16 awards worldwide. With director Ostojic.
Halima’s Path (Halimin Put)
Arsen Anton Ostojic, Croatia, 2012, 93 min., Bosnian & Croatian
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2:15 p.m., Plaza Frontenac
Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Plaza Frontenac