The Artist confirmed for Film Festival finale screening
We are delighted that the finale film of the 25th Leeds International Film Festival is an exclusive screening of Cannes sensation and Oscar-tipped comedy The Artist. One of those out-of-the-blue delights that cinema can sometimes spring on audiences, The Artist is a highly original and hilariously funny story about ambition and passion set in 1920s’ Hollywood. George Valentin is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller, it seems the sky’s the limit – major movie stardom awaits. Acclaimed French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius has directed a glorious cinematic surprise, featuring a stunning recreation of the silent era and superb performances from all, including Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, and Uggy the dog.
Hyde Park Picture House, Sunday 20th November at 4pm. Tickets: £7.50 / £6.00 concessions / Free for LIFF25 Passholders
Two more documentaries have been added to the Music on Film strand
We have added two more documentaries to our Music on Film strand in Cinema Versa; Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest and Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story.
Beats, Rhymes & Life follows one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history. A Tribe Called Quest’s sudden break-up in 1998 shocked the industry and saddened the scores of fans, whose appetite for the group’s innovative musical stylings never seems to diminish. A hard-core fan himself, Rapaport sets out on tour with the band in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album.
Morphine were one of the great underground American bands of the 90s, led by the charismatic singer songwriter Mark Sandman who tragically died onstage in Italy in 1999 aged only 47. Cure for Pain examines his life and work from his troubled family background to his rise through various bands in his youth to the ‘unique and sultry sound’ of Morphine, a trio of drums, baritone sax and 2 string bass. Some great archive footage segues to testimony from friends and family including musicians Les Claypool, Ben Harper, Mike Watt and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest: Leeds Town Hall, Tuesday 15th November at 5.45pm. Tickets: £6.50 / £5.00 / Free for LIFF25 Passholders
Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story: HiFi, Friday 18th November at 7pm. Tickets: £5.00 / £4.00 / Free for LIFF25 Passholders
Human Centipede 2 to screen at LIFF25
When Tom Six presented The Human Centipede: First Sequence at Leeds back in 2009, he promised that the sequel, apart from being 100% medically inaccurate, would also make the original look like My Little Pony. Two years later and after a brief spell on the BBFC’s ‘banned’ list later, The Human Centipede 2 is here for you to make up your own mind! Martin, a disturbed loner who lives with his mother, becomes obsessed with the original film and with the experiments carried out by the fictional Dr. Heiter. Inspired by his hero, Martin sets out to fulfil his fantasy of creating The Human Centipede: Full Sequence with twelve unsuspecting victims. The version screening is BBFC-approved and certificate 18, and definitely not for the faint-hearted…
Hyde Park Picture House, Friday 4th November at 11.15pm Tickets: £6.50 / £5.00 / Free for LIFF25 Passholders
Top 25 selling films
Each year we give you a round up of the top 25 films to ensure that you don’t miss out on our most popular events. Tickets are currently selling at a phenomenal rate so make sure you book yours soon and don’t forget that our early bird LIFF25 pass deadline is approaching; passes are currently available at £80 for a single pass and £140 for a double pass until 6pm on Monday 24th October. Passes will then increase to £95 for a single pass and £170 for a double pass. The LIFF25 pass provides incredible value for money, giving access to every individual screening, price reductions on major events such as Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns and a free copy of this year’s event catalogue.
The top 25 selling films are: 1. Wuthering Heights. 2. Shame. 3. Inni. 4. The Thing. 5. The Beat is the Law. 6. Take Shelter. 7. Mitsuko Delivers. 8. World Animation Awards. 9. Inbred. 10. Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below. 11. Juan of the Dead. 12. Involuntary. 13. Kill Me Please. 14. Las Acacias. 15. 22nd May. 16. Finisterrae. 17. Bellflower. 18. Small Town Murder Songs. 19. Heat Wave. 20. Let the Bullets Fly. 21. The Other Side of Sleep. 22. Symbol. 23. Colorful. 24. Together. 25. Sound of Noise.
Thank you to our sponsors
Leeds International Film Festival would not be able to present its mammoth programmes without the support of our sponsors and partners. Their valuable support enables us to invest and grow the festival each year, and their involvement helps to create a brilliant festival experience for audiences. As well as existing partners like East Coast, Twentysix and Leeds City College we also welcome a range of new supporters including Marketing Leeds, Welcome to Yorkshire and Kirkstall Brewery who will be taking charge of the official Film Festival bar at the front of Leeds Town Hall – enabling audiences visiting our main venue to buy drinks and snacks, before, during and after screenings (bar opening times will be announced on the website in the coming days). Audiences will also be able to sample fantastic cocktails courtesy of Kahlua, the original coffee liquor who will be offering a range of specially crafted Kahlua cocktails inspired by their roots, high up in the mountains of Veracruz, Mexico. Our restaurant partners: Tampopo, Toast and All Bar One will be offering great meal deals throughout whilst the festival hotels, which include Marriott Leeds and Ibis will be offering fantastic room deals for audiences travelling to the festival – check out our website and programme guide for full information.
• Our LIFF25 passes, screenings and Major Events are now on sale at www.leedsfilm.com including Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns, Night of the Dead XI and Day of the Dead 5. LIFF25 Passes are currently at the Early Bird rate of £80 for a single pass and £140 for a double pass, prices will increase on Monday 24th October: the pass gives free access to all individual screenings during LIFF25 (over 250), and big discounts on major events.
• Wuthering Heights has been announced as our Opening Gala film on Thursday 3rd November at 7.15pm in Leeds Town Hall. The adaptation is a bold new version of Emily Brontë’s novel by BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Andrea Arnold. The film recently had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival where it won the prize for Best Cinematography and attracted critical claim for its radical take on the classic novel.
• Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns is an event exclusive to the Film Festival and takes place on Wednesday 9th November at Leeds Town Hall, 7.15pm. It’s sure to be a laughter-filled and family-friendly highlight for all fans of comedy, film and music and tickets are selling fast so make sure you get yours before they go.
• Fanomenon Night of the Dead XI returns to its regular haunt Hyde Park Picture House on Saturday 5th November at midnight and will feature an incomparable selection of horror exclusives, stunning shorts and special guests.
• Fanomenon Day of the Dead 5 is revisiting its past by returning to the City Varieties following its recent refurbishment on Saturday 12th November at 12 noon. The City Varieties is throwing open its doors for the feast of films, guests and surprises specially selected by the Fanomenon programming team.