It is with great pleasure that we can reveal 30th Leeds International Film Festival will open with Paterson, the new film by Jim Jarmusch, a writer and director who has been an inspirational figure in independent cinema, and whose spirit we admire greatly. Paterson stars Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Inside Llewyn Davis) and Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies, About Elly) and offers audiences an understated yet hugely enriching viewing experience.
Paterson was praised as one of the greatest films at Cannes 2016, and given a 5 star review by The Telegraph’s Tim Robey who described the film as ‘a treasure for years to come’. We are thrilled to invite LIFF30 audiences to be amongst the first to see it, as part of our Official Selection, where it will be preceded by Timecode, Winner of Best Short Film at Cannes 2016, and a perfect introduction to the festival’s incredible Short Film City programme.
LIFF30 Opening Gala: Paterson + Timecode
Leeds Town Hall (Victoria Hall)
Thursday 3 November, 7.00pm
£10 full / £8 concession / Free with LIFF30 Pass
Jim Jarmusch’s latest zen-like comedy drama is his best film for years: quirky, stylish, funny and heartwarming featuring a slew of fun cameos and a wonderfully understated central performance by Adam Driver. Paterson is a bus driver in the city of the same name and adheres to a simple routine each day. He drives his daily route and writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; then goes home to his restlessly creative wife, Laura. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life and the poetry in its smallest details.
The full programme for 30th Leeds International Film Festival (3-17 November 2016) will be revealed on Thursday 6 October 2016, and will feature over 300 screenings and events presented at 30 different venues across the city.