Next month’s St. Louis International Film Festival has cancelled the screening of “The Upside,” a film distributed by The Weinstein Company, in light of the serious sexual assault and misconduct allegations against company co-founder Harvey Weinstein.
Instead, the film will be replaced with a work that specifically addresses such issues: A special presentation of “The Light of the Moon” will now be screened at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Tivoli Theatre, followed by a panel about sexual violence against women. “The Light of the Moon” is also playing during the festival on Nov. 6 and Nov. 8 at Plaza Frontenac.
The feature-film debut of Emmy-nominated Australian filmmaker Jessica M. Thompson, “The Light of the Moon” tells the story of Bonnie (Stephanie Beatriz), a successful Latina architect who is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend, Matt (Michael Stahl-David of “Narcos”), but the truth quickly emerges. Bonnie emphatically denies the impact of what has just happened to her. She fights to regain normalcy and control, but returning to her old life is more complicated than expected. Her attempt to recapture the intimacy she previously had with Matt falters, and cracks begin to surface in their relationship. Another attack in the neighborhood only drives Bonnie further into denial, before an encounter with an at-risk woman causes her to face the truth and confront her own self-blame.
The panel about sexual violence against women that will follow the screening is organized by Safe Connections, one of the St. Louis region’s oldest and largest organizations working to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence while helping survivors reclaim their lives. When participants are confimed, full information on the panel will be posted on the SLIFF website, cinemastlouis.org.
Cinema St. Louis is donating the proceeds of the screening to Safe Connections.
For more information on the 26th annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Nov. 2 to 12), visit cinemastlouis.org.