We’re approaching the final 4 days of the Film Festival and we hope that you’ve enjoyed the event so far. We’ve had great audiences for unmissable events such as our Opening Gala screening of Wuthering Heights and Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns and there’s still some great films to see before the event closes on Sunday at our venues across the city.
Final few day highlights
In this newsletter we’re focussing our highlights on the films we’re screening in our larger venues as they’re films we’re really happy to be sharing with you and want to ensure that as many people can get to see them as possible. The majority of screenings highlighted below have been programmed by our Film Festival director, Chris Fell, and we are delighted to present these special screenings over the final few days of the Film Festival.
This evening we have our second screening of the sublime feat of surreal comic fantasy from cult Japanese showman Hitoshi Matsumoto, Symbol at 8.45pm in Leeds Town Hall. Over at Hyde Park Picture House we have The Turin Horse, a magnificent swansong of the uncompromising Hungarian master Bela Tarr at 8.30pm.
On Thursday we have The Sound of Noise, a delightful crowd-pleasing musical crime comedy from Sweden (a film we’re so excited about we’ve decided to screen it again on Friday at 6pm to give you an extra opportunity to see it!) at 6.15pm in Leeds Town Hall. Following The Sound of Noise we have Sex Mission, a cult sci-fi comedy from the 80’s where two Polish men wake up 50 years in the future when only women are left at 8.30pm, also in Leeds Town Hall.
On Friday alongside our repeat screening of The Sound of Noise in Leeds Town Hall we have our Closing Gala screening of Shame, the mesmerising new drama from Steve McQueen (Hunger) about sex addiction starring Michael Fassbender at 8.30pm. There are only a few tickets left for this screening, if you wish to attend please book your tickets as soon as possible.
On Saturday we start the day at Hyde Park Picture House with Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below at 12 noon; the magnificent new anime story is an underworld myth of young love and mysterious music. At 2.30pm we begin our first Film Festival Favourite screenings at HPPH with We Have a Pope, an irreverent comedy about a newly-elected Pope who wants out. At 4.45pm we have Inbred where young offenders get more than they bargained for in a remote Yorkshire village in this black horror comedy.
On Sunday we continue with our Film Festival Favourites at Hyde Park Picture House with Mitsuko Delivers at 11.30am, the delightful Japanese comedy about a heavily pregnant young woman determined to be a good neighbour. Later at 1.45pm we have Together, Lukas Moodysson’s superb commune comedy featuring Marxists, nudists and vegans. At 4pm we’re screening our finale film, The Artist. This screening is one of the most highly anticipated screenings of the Film Festival (for the staff, at least as we all bought tickets as soon as they went on sale to ensure we get to see it!) and is tipped for Oscar success. The Artist is a highly original and hilariously funny story about ambition and passion set in 1920’s Hollywood as a silent movie superstar deals with the advent of the talkies.
Professor Vanessa’s Performing Wonders line-up announced
We are delighted to announce the special line-up for Professor Vanessa’s Performing Wonders tomorrow and the event is a fantastic combination of presentations, live performance and film split into two halves. Hoola Hoop legend Marawa the Amazing and swordswallower and eccentric comedienne Miss Behave are featured across the evening and they have both wowed audiences from around the world with their skills. Magician Jon Marshall will closing the first half giving you the opportunity to have those ‘how did he do it’ conversations during the interval.
Tickets for the event at 8.30pm in Hyde Park Picture House are still available and you can purchase them on the door of the venue from an hour before.
Free late addition
We are proud to announce that we have a free presentation of In the Forest of the Fireflies Light at 4.45pm on Friday in Leeds Town Hall. This late addition to the LIFF25 programme is of a beautiful new short-length anime from Japan that has mesmerised audiences in Tokyo since its recent release. A young girl called Hotaru is lost and alone in an enchanted forest. She meets a spirit boy called Gin who helps her to get home. Fascinated by the appearance of Gin and his mysterious nature, Hotaru is drawn back to the forest again and again for more encounters with him. But Gin is one touch away from disappearing from Hotaru’s life forever. In the Forest of the Fireflies Light won the Jury Award at the Scotland Loves Anime Festival in October.
Director Takahiro Omori, Japan 2011, 45 minutes, PG, Subtitled, English Premiere
4.45pm Friday 18th November, Victoria Hall, FREE
As you may be aware for the last few years we have created a Film Festival catalogue; the catalogue is an informative and in-depth publication which tells you more about the films you discover at our event, with directors statements and interviews with those involved in the film alongside relevant industry contacts. It is a must-have publication for anyone looking to learn more about the film industry in the UK and for those of you wishing to learn more about the films you’ve loved from this year’s Film Festival. Priced at £5.00, our anniversary edition features our beautiful official image take from Wuthering Heights and includes information for every short and featured screened during our 18 day event. LIFF25 Passholders get a catalogue for free on presentation of their pass and photographic ID.
Ticketing at LIFF25
Tickets for our screenings are available on the door subject to availability, to stay updated on screenings which have sold out follow us on Twitter (@LIFF25). Please note that in order for the tickets to be available on the door from an hour before the screening, tickets are collected from the City Centre Box Office up to 24 hours before the screening. If you are looking to take advantage of the 6 for 5 offer please ensure that you are booking at least 24 hours in advance of the first screening you wish to attend.