LIFF25 Festival Favourites announced
Our Film Festival Favourites have been confirmed and online sales on www.leedsfilm.com are now activated. In date order they are:
Sound of Noise, 6pm 18th November, Town Hall 1
A delightful crowd-pleasing musical crime company from Sweden.
We Have a Pope, 2.30pm 19th November, The Hyde Park Picture House
Irreverent comedy about a newly-elected Pope who wants out.
Inbred, 4.45pm 19th November, The Hyde Park Picture House
Young offenders get more than they bargained for in a remote Yorkshire village in this black horror comedy.
Mitsuko Delivers, 11.30am 20th November, The Hyde Park Picture House
Delightful Japanese comedy about a heavily pregnant young woman determined to be a good neighbour.
Together, 1.45pm 20th November, The Hyde Park Picture House
Marxists and nudists and vegans, oh my! Lukas Moodysson’s superb commune comedy.
Late additions reminder
We announced some late additions to the programme after our launch, a reminder of the late additions is below:
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.
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
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.
Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story: HiFi, Friday 18th November at 7pm.
Tickets: £5.00 / £4.00 / Free for LIFF25 Passholders
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
Famous Japanese actor Masanobu Ando is attending our screening of Smuggler this evening
This evening we have the famous Japanese actor Masanobu Ando who plays Vertebrae attending our screening of Smuggler at 8.30pm, Hyde Park Picture House. In this wacky and shocking crime comedy from Leeds favourite Katsuhito Ishii, a failed actor is forced to smuggle dead bodies in a world full of underground bankers and crazed fashionista yakuza killers. Kinuta discovers his first ‘cargo’ consists of slaughtered yakuzas, including the headless corpse of Boss Tanuma. The killers, ultra-assassins Vertebrae (played by Ando) and Viscera, are captured and Kinuta has to help deliver them to the Tanuma family. But when Kinuta’s kindness leads to Vertebrae’s escape, he has to ‘play’ Vertebrae in an attempt to deceive the yakuzas. Tickets are available on the door.
Final week highlights
We’re approaching our final week of LIFF25 and here’s a selection of highlights from the LIFF25 team:
Chris Fell (Film Festival Director):
Symbol, Monday 14th November at 4pm, Leeds Town Hall and Wednesday 16th November at 8.45pm, Leeds Town Hall – A sublime feat of surreal comic fantasy from cult Japanese showman Hitoshi Matsumoto
Seksmisja, Thursday 17th November at 8.30pm, Leeds Town Hall
Cult hit sci-fi comedy from the 80s – two Polish men wake up 50 years in the future when only women are left.
Professor Vanessa’s Performing Wonders, Thursday 17th November at 8.30pm, Hyde Park Picture House
Early cine-variety extravaganza, with spectacular acts and live piano accompaniment.
Alex King (Programme Manager):
Flowers of Evil, Monday 14th November at 6pm, Leeds Town Hall
Dynamic, romantic and political drama withy clever use of revolutionary internet footage.
Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure, Monday 14th November at 9pm, Leeds Town Hall
The amazing story of an oddball recording and an underground sensation.
Satantango, Friday 18th November at 10.30am at Hyde Park Picture House
Bela Tarr’s epic masterpiece of high-art cinema, made in the last days Communism.
Michael Hoskin (Prints Manager)
The Yellow Sea, Monday 14th November at 8pm, Leeds Town Hall
Jaw-dropping Korean crime thriller sets a new standard for hardcore action.
Gnarr, Tuesday 15th November at 7pm, Leeds Town Hall and Wednesday 16th November at 4.45pm, Leeds Town Hall
The incredible rise of an iconoclastic comedian turned Reykjavik mayoral candidate.
Futures Market, Wednesday 16th November at 6.45pm, Leeds Town Hall
A razor-sharp critique of commercialism and spirituality with superb cinematography.
Jip Burgess (Projections Manager)
Phantom of the Opera + Live Organ Accompaniment, Monday 14th November at 1.05pm, Leeds Town Hall
Classic grotesque melodrama with live organ accompaniment.
Aliens, Tuesday 15th November at 8pm, Leeds Town Hall
A 25th Anniversary screening of the biggest action-monster movie of all time.
Yadig? Records presents Serious Sam Barrett & Folk Films Showcase, Wednesday 16th November at 7pm, HiFi Club
Folk film showcase with Serious Sam Barrett live and rare American archive shorts.
Charlotte Dean (Guests Manager)
Mars, Monday 14th November at 8.30pm, Vue in The Light
A rotoscope-sci-fi-slacker-romantic comedy with a raft of hipster cameos.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, Tuesday 15th November at 6pm, Vue – The Light
Magnificent new anime story, an underworld myth of young love and mysterious music.
Milocrorze: A Love Story + The Tatami Galaxy, Tuesday 15th November at 8.30pm, Hyde Park Picture House
Double helping of romance, Japanese cult film style: surreal, sick, hilarious, sticky sweet, untouchable.
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.