Leeds Young Film Festival 2017 begins today and features a programme of incredible films for viewers of all ages at Hyde Park Picture House. Whether you’re a regular film-goer, or just discovering the world of cinema, from 10-20 April you’ll find the latest animated, documentary and live action features, alongside short films and old favourites too. Visit leedsyoungfilm.com to see the full programme.
My Life as a Courgette
This brilliant and often funny film, a prize winner at Cannes Film Festival, is a unique take on a child’s experience, dealing with the facts in a way which neither condescends or scares younger audiences. In My Life as a Courgette, a young boy must adjust to life, and the people that he meets, in a new orphanage. The short film Limina will screen before it.
Mon 10 April, 6.00pm
Norwegian chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen, nicknamed ‘the Mozart of chess’, became a grandmaster at age 13 and the youngest ever world champion just 10 years later. Following Magnus from child prodigy through all the trials and tribulations to finally reaching the world final in India. This remarkable and entertaining documentary will have you enthralled, whether you are an avid chess player or not.
Tue 11 April, 6.00pm
Your Name is already the highest grossing Anime film of all time, and a massive hit with fans around the world requesting repeat screenings. Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a remote town in the mountains, is bored of country life and wishes she were a handsome Tokyo boy. Not long after, she and Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, begin switching bodies intermittently, in this spellbinding fantasy drama.
Sat 15 April, 6.00pm.
(Autism Friendly Screening)
As a child Owen Suskind experienced autism which prevented him from speaking until he discovered a unique way of communicating through the medium of Disney animated films. The inspirational documentary Life, Animated looks back at Owen’s life from introverted child with autism to successful, socially active adult.
Sun 16 April, 11.00am
Beauty and the Beast
The long awaited live-action adaptation of Disney’s classic Beauty and the Beast is finally here, and receives a special screening at Hyde Park Picture House. Emma Watson stars as Belle, the young woman who visits an enchanted castle where a young prince is imprisoned in the form of a beast, and can only be freed by true love. This all-star cast expands the mythology of the 1991 animated classic.
Sun 16 April, 6.00pm
The Princess Bride
While poorly at home, a young boy’s grandad cheers him up by reading him an ancient story called The Princess Bride. In it, a prince sets out to rescue his true love from a marriage she is being forced into. Director Rob Reiner’s film is an 80s fantasy favourite, here celebrating its 30th anniversary. Carl Elwes and Robin Wright are the two stars, and the famous wrestle André the Giant has his own memorable role.
Mon 17 April, 6.00pm
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
LYFF 2017’s Unforgettable stories selection features some lesser seen greats from the history of cinema. In Eli Kazan’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) a girl living in New York dreams of a better future. Another classic from the 1940s is Vittorio De Sica’s The Bicycle Thieves, in which a young father needs a bike to do his job putting up posters.
Tue 18 April, 3.30pm & Wed 19 April, 3.30pm