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2018 SLIFF – Opening Night Reception & DESTROYER
Directed by native St. Louisan Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight,” “The Invitation”) — who receives SLIFF’s Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award — “Destroyer” follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Oscar® winner Nicole Kidman, who also stars in “Boy Erased” at this year’s fest). As a young cop, Erin was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When Silas (Toby Kebbell), the darkly charismatic leader of the gang, re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past. The film also stars Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, and Sebastian Stan.