Andrei Konchalovsky to attend LIFF26 with retrospective
We are delighted to announce that leading Russian and international filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky will attend the 26th Leeds International Film Festival for a retrospective of his early work. Best known for his cult favourite Runaway Train (1985), Andrei Konchalovsky began his filmmaking career in the 1960s as a collaborator with Andrei Tarkovsky, co-writing The Steamroller and the Violin, Ivan’s Childhood and Andrei Rublev. In 1965 he directed his debut film The First Teacher, the start of a major period of award-winning Russian filmmaking that continued with Asya’s Happiness (1966), A Nest of Gentlefolk (1969), and Uncle Vanya (1970), and culminated in 1979 with the epic classic and Cannes-prize-winning Siberiade. LIFF26 will present new digital prints of all five films and Andrei Konchalovsky will attend the festival on Saturday 17th November at the Hyde Park Picture House. Full details will be in the free guide and on leedsfilm.com from Friday 5th October.
Retrospective of legendary Japanese actress and filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka
Our second film retrospective announced for LIFF26 is dedicated to legendary Japanese actress, and filmmaker, Kinuyo Tanaka (1909-77). While Kinuyo Tanaka is widely recognised as one of the greatest actresses in the history of her nation’s cinema, a lesser known fact is that she was also the first Japanese woman to build a body of work as a filmmaker in her own right. LIFF26′s retrospective aims to remedy this by screening The Eternal Breasts and Girls of Dark, two of Kinuyo Tanaka’s rarely-screened directorial works, both presented on archive 35mm prints imported from Japan. These two films will be accompanied by a selection of her finest performances in films by three of the masters of Japanese cinema: Kenji Mizoguchi (Sansho the Bailiff, 35mm print), Yasujiro Ozu (A Hen in the Wind, imported 16mm print) and Mikio Naruse (Mother, imported 35mm print). The retrospective, to be screened during LIFF26 at the Hyde Park Picture House, will both celebrate and shed new light on the career of a figure of significant importance to world cinema history. The retrospective is curated by Michael Smith and is supported by the Japan Foundation and the Mixed Cinema Network/Centre for World Cinemas, University of Leeds.
Wolf Children and Berserk headline the Fanomenon Anime Day 2012
The hugely popular Fanomenon Anime Day returns to Leeds International Film Festival this year on Sunday 11th November, also presented on the first of day the Thought Bubble Festival 2012 and in partnership with Scotland Loves Animation. Starting at 12 noon in the superb setting of the Victoria Hall at Leeds Town Hall, the Anime Day will present 10 hours of fantastic new animated entertainment. Anime Day passes are on sale now (only £15 / £12.50) and today we can announce three of the confirmed films:
Wolf Children The latest original anime feature film from Mamoru Hosada, the director of past LIFF audience favourite Summer Wars: Wolf Children is a thrilling and moving adventure about a brother and sister born as half human and half wolf.
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 1 – The Egg King & Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 2 – The Battle for Doldrey (English Premieres) Kentaro Miura’s dark fantasy manga Berserk is now an anime trilogy and the first two parts screen at Leeds.